Joint Degree Programs

Through Pace's joint degree programs, a student may earn a JD while working on a second advanced degree. By enrolling in a joint degree program, a full-time student may complete both degrees within four years, instead of the five years of study required when each degree is pursued separately. Part-time students can complete a joint degree program in as few as six years.

If you are interested in obtaining a joint degree, you must apply separately – and be admitted – to both Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and the relevant joint degree partner school. Full-time students must submit applications no later than during their fourth semester at Elisabeth Haub School of Law; part-time students must apply no later than during their fifth semester.

 

JD/LLM in Environmental Law

Pace Law students in good standing are eligible to apply for admission to the LLM program in their sixth semester in the full-time JD program (in the eighth for evening students), by submitting an abbreviated application.

On completion of the JD and admission to the LLM program, the Pace joint degree candidate will be given credit for up to twelve credits of environmental law courses successfully completed while in the JD program. A student would then be able to obtain the LLM in only one year of part-time study, or as little as one semester of full-time study.

Non-Pace Law students desiring to participate in the joint degree program may apply to enter Pace for their third year (or final year for evening students) beginning in the fall term. These students will be considered visitors and non-matriculated at Pace Law School for their third or final year and will receive their JD from their home institutions. These students will be expected to complete approximately twelve credits of environmental law courses while at Pace Law School, and officially apply to the LLM program in their sixth semester as full-time JD students (in their eighth for evening students) by submitting an abbreviated application.

On completion of the JD, non-matriculated students will be given credit for up to twelve credits of real estate courses taken in the Pace JD program toward the LLM. A student would then be able to obtain the LLM in only one year of part-time study or one semester of full-time study.

JD/Master of Environmental Management (With Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies)

The MEM degree from Yale University prepares students to address ecological and social systems with greater scientific understanding and context. This degree is designed for those interested in environmental policy and analysis, stewardship, education, consulting, or management in connection with natural resources and environmental issues. Pace anticipates that students participating in the JD/MEM program will obtain a Certificate in Environmental Law.

Degree Requirements
Candidates for the JD/MEM must earn a total of 124 credits, 88 from Pace Law School and 36 from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Ten credits from Yale can be applied toward graduation from Pace. Twelve credits from Pace can be applied toward graduation from Yale.

When to Apply
Pace Law students can apply before law school or during the fall semester of either their first or second year.

Tuition
While attending Pace Law full time, students pay normal tuition at Pace.  While attending Yale full time, students pay normal tuition at Yale.  In the event that a student cross registers for courses in both schools during the same semester, students pay a prorated tuition at each school.

Requirements for Admission

JD/MBA ( With Pace University's Lubin School of Business)

The MBA program at the Lubin School of Business has a proven track record of training students to handle the many challenges of today’s business environment. By entering the joint JD/MBA program, you benefit from a closely integrated course of study in both law and business administration. With the help of an adviser, you define your career objectives and design a course of study that meets your individual requirements.

JD/MBA Requirements
A typical candidate for the JD/MBA joint degree must complete a total of 129 credits, 80 from the Law School  and 49 from the Lubin School of Business. The total number of credits required in the Lubin School varies based on the student's previous coursework.

JD/MPA (With Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Public Administration)

The JD/MPA degree is designed to broaden your career opportunities in law, government, public interest organizations, health care, and related fields. Integrating theory and practice. The MPA program enhances your knowledge of the institutional, social, legal, and economic contexts in which administrators and managers in the government, health care, and nonprofit sectors operate.

Degree Requirements
Candidates for the JD/MPA joint degree must complete a total of 127 credits, 88 from the Law School and 39 within the Pace Graduate Center’s Department of Public Administration.

JD/MA in Women's History (With Sarah Lawrence College)

While pursuing the MA in Women’s History – the first graduate degree of its kind – you are exposed to an expanding canon of literature on women’s history, feminist theories, and gender studies. You achieve proficiency in historical research and interpretation, and are encouraged to combine intense scholarship with activism, within your school communities and beyond.

Degree Requirements
The JD/MA in Women’s History degree requires the successful completion of 124 credits, 88 credits from Pace Law and 36 from Sarah Lawrence College. Ten credits from Sarah Lawrence can be applied to graduation from the Law School.

JD/MA in Women's History (With Sarah Lawrence College)

JD/MS in Environmental Policy (With Bard College - Center for Environmental Policy)

Thanks to its innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum, Bard’s MS in Environmental Policy quickly fosters students’ abilities to create feasible and effective environmental policies. Facilitating the use of best practices at local, regional, national, and international levels, the Center helps to promote greater understanding among scientists, economists, lawyers, ethicists, and policy-makers.

Degree Requirements
Students in the JD/MS program must earn a total of 132 credits, 88 credits from Pace Law School and 44 credits from Bard. Ten credits from Bard can be applied towards a JD from from Pace. The Pace-Bard program also requires at least four years in residence, with two and a half years spent at Pace and one and a half years at Bard. Students must also complete an internship that fulfills the degree requirements of both schools.

Timing/When to Apply
First-year law students at Pace can apply to the dual degree, and if accepted, commence their MS degree at Bard in year two, and then return to Pace for three more semesters. All students return to Bard in the spring of the fourth year to complete final courses and a master’s thesis. The internship requirement for Bard CEP may be fulfilled through completion of a previously approved Pace internship, externship, or clinic program that has an environmental focus. 

JD/BA or JD/BS (With Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences)***

Pace University undergraduate students enrolled in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences who wish to obtain the JD may do so while completing their bachelor's degree. The combined degree allows Dyson undergraduate students to enroll in Pace Law School during their senior year and complete both degrees within six years rather than seven. This is called the 3+3 program and is not open to students who are already enrolled in Pace’s JD program.

In order to be eligible to participate, a minimum of 96 undergraduate credits are required, including undergraduate core requirements as well as all required courses in the major field of study. Students apply to the Bachelors program at Dyson and later apply separately to Pace Law School by January 1st of their junior year at Pace University. For a break down of these requirements, please see below:

Three Years Undergraduate – Complete Core Requirements and Major Requirements

Three Years of Law School – First Year of Law School satisfies undergraduate degree requirements. After the successful completion of the first-year of law school, a student will received their undergraduate degree.

List of Majors Eligible to Participate in the 3+3 Program:

  • BA in Biology & JD in Law
  • BA in Communications & JD in Law
  • BA in Criminal Justice & JD in Law
  • BA in English & JD in Law
  • BA in Environmental Studies & JD in Law
  • BA in History & JD in Law
  • BA in Political Science & JD in Law
  • BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies & JD in Law
  • BS in Criminal Justice

All applicants are also required to take the LSAT and achieve a score of at least 155 and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to be accepted into the program. It is recommended that prospective 3+3 students take the LSAT by June of their Sophomore year or December of their Junior year. Applications to the JD portion of the program should be made by January 1 of their Junior year.  For further information on the LSAT, including dates for upcoming exams and registration information, please see here.

For additional information about the program, please contact the Pre-Law Advisors on your campus as noted below:

New York City:

Pleasantville Campus:

To arrange a personal visit to the Law School including a tour with a student mentor and sitting in on a first-year class, please contact the Office of Admissions at (914) 422-4210. For access to the 3+3 auditing form for students admitted to the program, please see here.

Meet a 3+3 Student

BA/JD (With The College of Saint Rose)

BA/JD or BA/JD (With New Jersey Institute of Technology)

4+3 Early Admission Program (With Siena College)

***Note: the BA/JD or BS/JD joint degree program is not open to students
who are already enrolled in Pace Law School’s JD program