Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law Ranks #1 in the Nation in Environmental Law

March 30, 2021
Hudson River Autumn

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law is ranked number one in the country for environmental law by the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, released today.

This ranking is the latest major success for the program, which has consistently been rated among the very best in the country. In the past few years the environmental law program has recruited top faculty who are recognized scholars in climate change law, international human rights law and natural resources and food systems law.

“At Pace University, we educate students to help change the world,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “Our environmental law program, which trains attorneys for this critically important field, has long been world-renowned. Congratulations to the faculty, staff, and students of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law on this recognition, and thanks to the Haub family for their commitment to the environment and to our law school.”​

“For decades our environmental law program has led the way in training environmental defenders and advocates who have gone on to serve in law firms, government agencies and NGOs around the world,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “We are proud that the faculty scholarship, teaching quality and the experiential learning opportunities we provide our students are recognized at the pinnacle of the field.”

The environmental law program is widely known for its signature programs including the Environmental Litigation Clinic, the Food and Beverage Law Clinic and the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, and last year it launched the innovative Environmental Law and Policy Hack Competition. The environmental law program’s clinical training helps it remain at the top among law schools nationwide.

"We are very proud of the work the environmental law program does in training practitioners, advocates and environmental defenders," said Jason J. Czarnezki, Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Associate Dean and Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs. "We seek the aggressive reduction of carbon emissions in the face of the global climate crisis, and we fight for environmental, social and economic justice."​

Haub Law offers more than 40 environmental law courses. Students can research cutting-edge areas of the law through on-campus centers and institutes that focus on various areas of environmental law, including the Pace Energy & Climate Center and the Land Use Law Center, and they can represent public interest groups as student practitioners in the Environmental Litigation Clinic. Students can choose from unparalleled opportunities to develop their skills internationally and through on-the-job practical externships.

Haub Law is only one of two law schools worldwide to be a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which allows students to draft memoranda, debate issues and attend meetings, including the World Conservation Congress and U.S. National Committee meetings. The Law School is also Co-Secretariat to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, helping to nurture environmental legal education and promote the conceptual development of environmental law internationally. Through the United Nations Diplomacy Practicum, students provide assistance to UN country Missions by attending their meetings and preparing research on issues such as climate change, renewable energy, fisheries protection, and forest management. These opportunities provide Haub Law students with the tools they need to be leaders in environmental law.


About the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University:

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, N.Y., opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,000 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978; it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information visit

About Pace University 
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on the Pace News website.

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