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Pace Environmental Law Is Number One

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Who’s number one? We are! The Environmental Law program at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law has been recognized as the top program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Pace’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, a longtime leader in environmental protection and conversation, was recognized as the number one environmental law program in the nation, according to the most recent rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

“At Pace University, we prepare students to change the world,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “Our environmental law program, which trains attorneys for this critically important field, has long done world-recognized work. It is fitting that it’s now the top-ranked program in the country. Congratulations to our Law School’s faculty, staff, and students on this much-deserved recognition, and thanks to the Haub family for their commitment to the environment and to the Law School.”

While the program has consistently been among the nation’s best, it’s recently taken major steps to ensure its continued effectiveness in preparing students to become leaders in environmental law. Over the past several years, the Elisabeth Haub School of Law has recruited top faculty who are recognized scholars in climate change law, international human rights law, and natural resources and food systems law. The Law School’s newest clinic, the Food and Beverage Law Clinic, was established in 2017 to provide transactional legal services to small- and medium-sized farms, food and beverage entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations seeking to improve food systems across the region. These developments are ensuring that Pace’s environmental law program remains top among its peers.

“For the past four 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 across the globe,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “We are proud that in our program’s 40th anniversary year, the scholarship of our faculty, the quality of our teaching, and the experiential learning opportunities we provide to our students has propelled us to the top of the field.”

Although the accolade is certainly a major accomplishment, the Law School is by no means resting on its laurels. Next month, the program will be given the Hudson Hero Award by Riverkeeper, which works to preserve the environmental, recreational, and commercial integrity of the Hudson River.