Law Degree Programs

Pace University’s School of Law has provided internationally acclaimed education in environmental law since 1978.

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Juris Doctor with Certificate in Environmental Law
Students enrolled in Pace's juris doctor program may qualify for a certificate in environmental law that demonstrates their proficiency in the fields of environmental quality and pollution, natural resources use and development, and the administration of environmental law. Authorized by the New York State Department of Education, the certificate is also valued by legal employers in search of lawyers who have experience with the complexities of environmental statutes and practice. We offer more than 25 courses-the most comprehensive array of environmental law courses of any law school in the country.

Master of Law in Environmental Law
Pace Law School offers one of only a few graduate degree programs in environmental law. U.S. lawyers can use the master of law in environmental law (LLM) degree to develop a specialty in environmental law or to pursue more advanced courses and research in environmental law. Lawyers trained in other countries can learn U.S. environmental law through the LLM program and/or pursue comparative law studies. Lawyers who earn 24 credits in the LLM program qualify to sit for the New York bar.

Master of Law in Environmental Law: Specialization in Energy and Climate Change Law
Pace Law School offers the Specialization in Energy and Climate Change Law within our prestigious Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law curriculum. Without question, global climate change law and policy are the most discussed topics in the field of environmental law today. Graduates of this specialization are well positioned to tackle these issues.

Master of Law in Environmental Law: Specialization in Global Environmental Law
Pace is known worldwide for its Center for Environmental Legal Studies, a voting member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.  Our campus is located just north of New York City, giving students many opportunities to intern with international organizations, corporations, firms, and even Permanent Missions to the United Nations. We regularly host visiting scholars from around the world and offer students the chance to work on projects through our Brazil-American Institute for Law and the Environment  and our China Programs. Because Pace provides such a wonderful setting in which to learn international and comparative environmental law, we are proud to offer the Specialization in Global Environmental Law within our LLM in Environmental Law.

Master of Law in Environmental Law - Specialization in Land Use and Sustainable Development
Building on existing strengths in transit oriented development, climate change, environmental law, local land use and governance, environmental interest dispute resolution, stakeholder development, and environmental equity and jurisprudence, this track trains lawyers to confront and overcome challenges arising from the urgent need to develop and redevelop human settlements in an environmentally sensitive, commercially viable, and ecologically sustainable manner, both domestically and internationally.

Doctor of Juridical Science in Environmental Law
Pace offers the only doctor of juridical science in environmental law (SJD) in the U.S. and is one of only 22 SJD programs among the country's 185 ABA accredited law schools. The SJD at Pace prepares legal scholars to teach environmental law in the U.S. and abroad. Admission is highly competitive and requires completion of the LLM in environmental law with distinction either at Pace or a comparable program at another law school. SJD candidates work closely with Pace law faculty on advanced environmental law research and reform projects. Pace doctoral graduates have published several books on environmental law.