Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law proudly introduces the Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program (PPCP), a three-week, New York City-based comprehensive certificate program for aspiring lawyers who would like to practice in the United States.
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This intensive program, situated just a few blocks away from all major New York County courthouses in Manhattan, will include approximately 45 hours of in-class lectures, visits to law firms and court rooms, law school application guidance, audits of actual law school classes, and guest speakers from various legal and business fields. Participants will have an opportunity to live and network with other Pace University students, and law students from around the world, including international LLM (Master of Laws) students.

Get a head start on the essentials of legal study, explore diverse fields within the legal profession, build your resume, and gain an advantage over other law school applicants while enjoying all that New York City, one of the most dynamic and multicultural cities in the world, has to offer!

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This Certificate Program is Essential For:

  • Undergraduate sophomores and juniors enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions considering applying to law school
  • International students in undergraduate law programs abroad interested in a U.S.-based LLM program
  • Foreign-trained students or attorneys who are interested in learning more about U.S. Law
  • Paralegals who are considering applying to a U.S.-based law school
  • Others who wish to apply to U.S. law schools who meet the application requirements below

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Program Benefits

  • Gain essential legal skills and begin preparing for law school ahead of your competition
  • Visit real law school classes, network with faculty and students, and experience the Socratic Method
  • Decide the type of law that is right for you by visiting corporations and courthouses and engaging with executive guest speakers discussing traditional and non-traditional legal career paths
  • Live in the legal heart of Manhattan with other like-minded future attorneys
  • Experience organized social and cultural integration activities and all that New York City has to offer

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How to Apply

  • Email your official scanned transcript(s) to Trish Temmerman at ptemmerman@pace.edu.
  • Please note that we will not accept mailed transcripts.
  • A decision will be made within two weeks and you will receive email notification of this decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program, payment instructions will follow to pay the non-refundable fee of $570 to hold your spot in the program.
  • The application deadline is April 20, 2018. Further information is provided in the Tuition and Fees and F.A.Q. sections below.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM   

CURRICULUM Courses include, but are not limited to, the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Legal Writing, as well a hot topics such as National Security Law and Immigration Law.
LOCATION Pace University's NYC Downtown Campus. Please refer to the campus map.
PROGRAM DATES July 9, 2018, through July 27, 2018. For students who choose to live in NYC on campus residences, dormitory check-in and check-out will occur on Saturday, July 7th, and Sunday, July 29th, respectively.
HOUSING Choose between NYC dormitory residences or apartments of your choice. Please refer to the Housing Reference Guide.
CERTIFICATE Students will receive a certificate of completion from Pace's law school dean upon satisfactory completion of the program.
QUESTIONS? For further information, please contact Trish Temmerman at ptemmerman@pace.edu or (212) 618-6558.

Program Curriculum

Classes will be held Monday through Friday in the mornings or the afternoons for approximately 3 hours per day. Students will participate in the following courses in preparation for their law school curriculum:

1. Foundational Courses: U.S. Government Structure, Torts, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Property, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration), Business Law, and Civil Rights

2. Hot Topics: Environmental Law (Real Estate and Land Use); Immigration Law (spotlight on the Travel Ban and DACA); Criminal Law (spotlight on The People v. O.J. Simpson); and National Security Law

3. Legal Skills Classes: Fundamentals of Legal Writing; Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating; Oral Advocacy; and U.S. Research and Bluebook Citations

4. "Uniquely New York" Field Trips: visits to law firms, courts, the United Nations, and the Pace Law campus in White Plains, including classes

5. Practical Sessions: A. Applying to JD Programs or B. Applying to LLM (Master of Laws), SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science), and Visiting Scholar Programs

Application Requirements and Procedures

Eligibility & Other Program Requirements

  • Students must have completed 64 U.S. credits or more (or international equivalent) and have completed their sophomore year by summer 2018 with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • No personal statements or references are needed to apply to the program.
  • All students must attend the summer Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program in its entirety.
  • This program is designed for students who are seriously considering becoming lawyers and plan to apply to a U.S.-based law school. This program is NOT intended for students already admitted to or attending U.S. law schools. Foreign-trained attorneys or students seeking to learn more about the U.S. legal system are welcome.
  • To apply: Email your official scanned transcript(s) to Trish Temmerman at ptemmerman@pace.edu. We will not accept mailed transcripts. Please obtain an official transcript(s) from your home school, scan, and email it to us. A decision will be made within two weeks of submission and Pace will notify you via email if you are accepted. Once you are accepted, payment instructions will follow to pay the non-refundable deposit fee of $570 by April 20, 2018 to hold your spot in the program. The application deadline is April 20, 2018. Further information is provided in the Tuition and Fees and F.A.Q. sections below.
  • IMPORTANT: For accepted students, by April 27, 2018, you will receive notification via email from Trish Temmerman that the program has sufficient enrollment to run. Until you receive this official notification, accepted students should NOT make any flight or housing commitments.
  • Please note that this is a non-credit bearing certificate and does not grant advanced law school standing or law school credits.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Policy*
$3,250 Tuition Only
$4,600 Tuition Including On-Campus NYC Housing (Based on triple/quad accommodation. Additional housing fees will be incurred for single or double accommodation.)

Once you are notified via email that you have been accepted in the PPCP program, payment instructions will follow to pay the non-refundable deposit fee of $570 by April 20, 2018 to hold your spot in the program. The remaining non-refundable balance due for tuition fees is due by May 31, 2018.  All payments related to On-Campus NYC Housing will be handled separately.

IMPORTANT: For accepted students, by April 27th, 2018, you will receive notification via email from Trish Temmerman that the program has sufficient enrollment to run. Until you receive this official notification, accepted students should NOT make any flight or housing commitments. 

*Students enrolled in the PPCP program may be eligible to apply for private student loans (non-affiliated with Pace University). A 10% discount is available to Pace students and alumni. Please contact Trish Temermann at ptemmerman@pace.edu or (212) 618-6558 for more details.

Refund Policy
Registrants who cancel will receive a full refund if notification is provided to ptemmerman@pace.edu or (212) 618-6558 on or before ten days prior to the class start date. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER THAT DATE. A $70 registration fee included in tuition is non-refundable.

Pace University reserves the right to substitute instructors, change the day or time classes meet, or cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. If the PPCP is canceled by Pace, a full refund of tuition and registration fee will be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us using the information provided at the bottom of this page.

I am a freshman in a U.S. higher education institution. Can I join this program?
This program is only open to students who have completed 64 university credits or higher with GPAs of 3.0 or greater (or the international equivalent).

Will I receive grades in the Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program?
No. The Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis based on your attendance and meaningful participation.

When and how will I be notified of my admission to the Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program?
The application deadline is April 20, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their application status on a rolling basis and no later than April 27, 2018.

When and how do I pay for the tuition fees for the Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program?
Once you are notified via email that you have been accepted in the PPCP program, payment instructions will follow to pay the non-refundable deposit fee of $570 by April 20, 2018 to hold your spot in the program. The remaining non-refundable balance due for tuition fees is due by May 31, 2018. All payments related to On-Campus NYC Housing will be handled separately.

What is the refund policy for this program?
Registrants who cancel will receive a full refund if notification is provided to ptemmerman@pace.edu or (212) 618-6558 on or before TEN days prior to the class start date. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER THAT DATE. A $70 registration fee included in tuition is non-refundable. If Pace cancels the program for any reason, there is a 100% program refund guarantee.

When should I start to make my airfare and housing arrangements?
For accepted students, by April 27th, 2018, you will receive notification via email from Trish Temmerman that the program has sufficient enrollment to run. Until you receive this official notification, accepted students should NOT make any flight or housing commitments. You will also receive instructions about how to apply and pay for On-Campus NYC Housing.

How can I apply for private student loans?
Please contact Trish Temmerman at ptemmerman@pace.edu or (212) 618-6558 for further information.

I am a second-semester sophomore and will not have my grades for the spring semester in time for the application deadline. What should I do?
This is a common situation. Simply submit your first semester transcript and the classes that you are registered for in the current semester via email to ptemmerman@pace.edu. Within two weeks, we will contact you via email regarding the status of your application. If you have been conditionally accepted into the program, pending the receipt of your final second semester grades, payment instructions will follow to pay the non-refundable deposit fee of $570 by April 20, 2018 to hold your spot in the program. When available, you will email your final second semester grades. We will notify you via email of the final status of your application. If accepted, the remaining non-refundable balance due for tuition fees is due by May 31, 2018. If you do not gain final acceptance into the program, we will refund you the $500 tuition deposit. Do not make any airfare or housing commitments until you have been officially accepted via email into the program and it has been confirmed to you that the program will run.

Do I need to send Pace my official transcripts?
No, we will not accept mailed transcripts. Please obtain an official transcript(s) from your home school, scan, and email to Trish Temmerman at ptemmerman@pace.edu.

I am an international student. Will you be able to sponsor me on a visa for this program?
No, we will not sponsor students on visas for this program, and it will be up to you to apply for a B-visitor visa.

I am an international student and my transcript is written in a language other than English. How should I submit it to you?
You will have to submit your original transcript(s) in your home school language and a second transcript(s) translated in English. Please be sure to include a grading scale from your home school as a reference.

I am an international student interested in pursuing an LLM degree in the United States. Is this certificate right for me?
Yes, so long as you are interested in applying to a U.S.-based law school or if you would like to learn more about the U.S. legal system. You must also have accumulated 64 or greater credits from your home institution or the equivalent in your home school system to qualify.

Contact Us

For information about the Pace Pre-Law Certificate Program, please contact Dr. John Meletiadis, Assistant Dean, at jmeletiadis@pace.edu or (212) 618-6545.

For registration assistance, please contact Trish Temmerman at ptemmerman@pace.edu or (212) 618-6558.

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