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Welcome to the Graduate Programs at Pace Law School

Graduate programs at Pace Law School offer students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their chosen areas of law, while at the same time learning the skills necessary to put their new knowledge to work.

Pace Law School offers leading Master of Laws (LLM) programs in environmental law and comparative legal studies. Within these two programs, students may choose from among several specializations according to their particular interests and goals.

  • The Pace LLM in Environmental Law is consistently ranked by US News & World Report among the top three environmental law programs in the United States. Students may choose from over 40 environmental courses offered each year, and may participate in ongoing political, economic and social research conducted by Pace’s internationally renowned faculty. Within the LLM in Environmental Law, students may choose optional specializations in Global Environmental LawClimate Change Law or Land Use and Sustainable Development Law.
  • The LLM in Comparative Legal Studies welcomes non-US trained lawyers seeking greater knowledge of US law and the US legal system. The program begins with an introduction to US legal principles and methods which builds on the student’s experience in his or her home jurisdiction. Following this introduction, students may choose courses in specialized areas of US law, including public or private international law, intellectual property, dispute resolution, business transactions or international human rights. They may also choose an optional specialization in International Business Law.

Aspiring legal scholars and teachers may apply to the highly competitive SJD Program in Environmental Law. The SJD, or Doctor of Juridical Science, is a research-oriented degree program intended to guide new scholars through the process of writing and publishing a doctoral dissertation that creates original knowledge in a specific area of environmental law.

JD candidates at Pace may enroll in a dual JD/LLM program in environmental law, in which they can earn the LLM degree in as little as one additional semester.

Pace University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the New York State Department of Education. All Pace Law School LLM programs and the SJD program have received acquiescence from the American Bar Association.