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Lawyering Skills

Practical Skills, Real-world Experience

Pace Law School has always stressed the importance of experiencing the law beyond the classroom setting through a variety of opportunities. Our curriculum introduces foundational lawyering skills early in the first year through its brand new First Year Legal Skills Program. In the upper level, our legal skills program offers a rich array of clinics, externships and simulation courses in varied practice areas.

Finally, because summer is an opportune time to complement your classroom learning with simulated and/or real lawyering experiences, Pace Law offers an innovative Summer Skills Program with a rich array of clinics, externships, simulation courses and specialty practice courses.  This program enables J.D. students from Pace and other law schools who are spending their summers in the New York metropolitan area to gain practical legal experience as well as academic credits during the summer months.

Academics Lawyering SkillsThese and other hands-on programs are designed to ensure that you have the opportunity to develop the fundamental lawyering skills necessary to become and effective attorney and succeed in a professional environment. Completing each building block of the skills program will enable you to be practice-ready in the 21st century legal environment.

Students who enter the Law School in fall 2006 or later must complete at least one course focused on lawyering skills to satisfy the upper level skills requirement (see Academic Rules and Regulations, p. 12), a condition of graduation.

If you have any questions about our legal skills programs, please contact:
Professor Gretchen Flint, Executive Director of John Jay Legal Services, Inc.
Phone: 914-422-4333

Professor Peter WidulskiAssistant Director of the First Year Legal Skills Program
Phone: 914-422-4116

View the Clinical Training & Skills Programs Brochure

Lawyering Skills
Students and faculty discuss the various skills programs Pace offers, including clinics, externships, simulations, and more.