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Center for Career and Professional Development
Pace Law School's Center for Career and Professional Development and Public Interest Law Center (jointly the "Center") assist Pace Law J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni with a diverse range of needs – from securing funding opportunities for internships and exploring career goals and opportunities, to developing resume writing and interviewing skills. We also work directly with employers looking to connect with motivated, qualified Pace students and graduates. Our career counselors are all experienced lawyers with broad expertise, and are eager to provide you with individualized services and expert advice.

Center for Continuing Legal Education
Founded to train practicing attorneys to better serve their clients and communities, Pace Center for Continuing Legal Education (CCLE) has trained hundreds of attorneys over the years in local and national topics ranging from substantive legal issues and trial skills to legal writing and office management. Pace CCLE currently maintains an Internet site designed for attorneys’ research and continuing legal education needs.

Energy and Climate Center
Founded in 1987 by Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger, a former member of Congress, the Center, plays a leading role in a national coalition of environmental and consumer advocates who are working to create win-win energy policy solutions for America's economy and environment.

Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies
Under the auspices of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies, candidates for the JD, LLM and SJD have the opportunity to work directly with Pace Law professors on advanced environmental law research and law reform. Since its inception in 1982, the Center has developed programs in energy law and international environmental law, among others.

Land Use Law Center
The Land Use Law Center engages law students in understanding and explaining how best to develop and conserve the land. The Center draws on its staff of experts and law students to train local officials in New York State to take an enlightened and balanced approach to shaping land use policies and regulations. Pace Law students work as full-fledged legal associates with responsibility for research projects, publications, outreach, community services, project management and technology.

Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP)
Neighbors Link recently merged PCLP into their organization. Lead attorneys Karin Anderson Ponzer and Elizabeth Mastropolo have become Neighbors Link staff and their legal services will be provided under the new Neighbors Link Community Law Practice.

Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative
The Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative launched in Fall 2015 as a collaboration between the Elisabeth Haub School of Law Environmental Law Program and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative seeks to address the direct legal service needs of food justice organizations, farmers, and food entrepreneurs by increasing capacity of the legal community to meet those needs through education of law students and training of lawyers.  Legal services are vital to empower transitions to a more just and sustainable food system. In order to implement innovative practices, farmers, entrepreneurs, and other activists must navigate a complicated legal landscape governing everything from food labels to estate planning.  The Initiative seeks both to provide some of these necessary to legal services and to train a larger community of lawyers to understand food and agriculture issues.

Public Interest Law Center
The Public Interest Law Center fosters the culture of public service for students by offering a dozen substantive pro bono programs each semester ranging in practice areas from mortgage foreclosure to domestic violence to consumer debt.  The PILC also distributes grants to students who work in otherwise unpaid public interest summer internships and provides career counseling and a full calendar of career programs for law students exploring careers in public interest law.

Theodore W. Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes
The Kheel Center is administered by the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School. It is dedicated to developing a new practice area for attorneys in resolving environmental and land use conflicts. The Center works on environmental interest conflicts of critical importance to communities, states, regions, and nations that require innovative resolution strategies and forums.

Women's Justice Center
The Women's Justice Center represents victims of domestic violence, including battered women, the elderly, women with low income and victims of sexual assault. The Center not only represents hundreds of clients, but also creates and disseminates new techniques for legal intervention and trains dozens of law students and thousands of judges, attorneys and others who work to eradicate injustice for women.