Practice-Based Learning

We have always known that a great legal education must teach more than statutes, regulations and case law. Students must also gain concrete practice skills and begin to learn the strategies and tactics of representation. Our cutting-edge curriculum gives students the foundation they need to build legal skills early in the first year. As an upper level student our legal skills program offers a rich array of clinics, externships and simulation courses in a diverse array of practice areas, giving you practical learning experiences.
Food and Beverage Law Clinic Students working in the field
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Hone your Trial Skills in Moot Court Competitions

Pace Law students have a tremendous opportunity to represent the School in over twelve of the most prestigious national and international moot court competitions. Each fall, students are selected to represent the School in moot court competitions. Competition to participate is highly selective and Pace Law has a strong track record of  moot court competition wins and placements around the country and internationally. 

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Learn by Doing in Advocacy and Simulation Courses

Our advocacy program and simulation courses allow you to learn by doing. In the advocacy program we feature introductory, as well as advanced learning in the art of questioning technique, evidence, jury profiling and selection, theory, and platform skills. Students are given an opportunity to develop skills in openings, closings and examinations. Similarly, each of our simulation courses addresses a range of legal skills in specific legal settings. Performances in various lawyering roles are videotaped and critiqued, to help you evaluate your competence as an attorney and identify areas in need of improvement. 

Real-World Legal Experiences

  • Work with Clients in our Clinics

    Solving real-world legal problems is an essential step in learning to exercise the professional judgment required to become a lawyer. Through our clinical programs, you will have the opportunity to represent clients on actual cases and gain practical experience in dealing with diverse and complex legal situations.

  • Spend a Semester-in-Practice

    Semester-in-Practice is an opportunity for third-year students to spend a full semester in supervised practice at a law firm, government agency or nonprofit entity. The goal is to provide students with a bridge from the classroom to practice, to enable students to develop and hone practice skills before entering the job market, and to expose students to legal workplaces.

  • Learn from Professionals in an Externship

    Pace Law offers field placements with legal service providers, public interest organizations, government agencies, and private firms that offer first-hand exposure to a professional work environment. Externship opportunities accommodate a wide range of fields and interests, including environmental law, prosecution of criminal offenses, policy and advocacy on behalf of public interest organizations, and civil advocacy.