Haub Law Announces New Concentration in Women, Gender & the Law

October 11, 2018
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The concentration is the latest in the school’s “Path to Practice” curricular approach, which provides students with rigorous classroom learning and experiential learning opportunities

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Haub Law) announced today a new J.D. concentration in Women, Gender & the Law. The concentration is the newest of five concentrations that the Law School offers in various fields of legal study and was created in response to a growing interest in the topic among Pace Law students. The concentration is available immediately to any qualifying Pace Law student.

Haub Law faculty members Bridget Crawford, Darren Rosenblum, and Noa Ben-Asher proposed the concentration. The concentration director for the 2018-2019 academic year is Professor Noa Ben-Asher, a nationally recognized expert in Sexuality, Gender and the Law.

“For four decades, Haub Law has prided itself on being on the cutting edge of legal education,” said Dean Horace Anderson.  “And since the establishment of the Women’s Justice Center in 1991, Haub Law has made gender justice a priority.  The Women, Gender & the Law concentration provides an opportunity for students to have gender justice inform their pursuit of careers in family law, trusts and estates, criminal justice, immigration, and a wide range of other areas of practice. This concentration is a natural outgrowth of the school’s historic commitments, our faculty’s strengths, and our present-day emphasis on legal education that goes beyond statutes, regulations and case law. This concentration will equip students with practice skills and strategies for effective representation and advocacy for gender justice.”

“Students who are interested in issues related to Women, Gender & the Law are part of a vibrant community of faculty, alumni, staff and local and national attorneys who are deeply committed to justice for people of all genders,” said Bridget Crawford, one of three professors at Pace Law who proposed the new concentration. “One of the hallmarks of almost every classroom at Haub Law is that discussions of gender are woven into the material, not treated as a special course or side issue.  Lawyers who are familiar with strategies for achieving gender justice have never been more important than they are now. This concentration provides an excellent way for students to prepare for futures career in which issues of equality and fairness will be front and center.”

In order to concentrate in Women, Gender & the Law, students are required to take the foundational course of Family Law, followed by a choice from a menu of intermediate related courses including Feminist Legal Theory; Sexuality, Gender & the Law; Public Health Law; Poverty Law; Asylum & Refugee Law, and more than 30 others. The concentration culminates in a required, practical, skills-based capstone experience or externship, such as a family court externship, a guided research project, or participation in a legal clinic, among many other opportunities.

"This new concentration draws on the strengths and interests of our faculty and students. It is a great addition to our curriculum and I am honored to be the 2018-2019 director," said Professor Noa Ben-Asher.


About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, (Haub Law) offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a series of joint degree programs including a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. For more information visit http://law.pace.edu

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