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Juris Doctor Program

As a JD candidate at Pace, you will learn not only what the law is and how it works; you will also be encouraged to explore its applications, complexity, and evolution. Classroom learning is reinforced through a broad range of clinical and professional opportunities. Direct participation in both mock and actual legal cases, as well as the research opportunities available in Pace’s pioneering law centers, will help you develop the critical thinking skills and confidence necessary to hit the ground running after graduation.

Through required courses, such as Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law, you will build a solid foundation in common law practice. Our innovative, yearlong First Year Legal Skills Program lets you examine concrete applications of the law and improve your legal writing skills.

Beyond the JD program’s core courses, students may select from more than 70 elective courses, taking multiple classes related to a particular area of interest and developing the expertise that will help advance their career goals. Pace Law School currently offers the following concentrations:

Business, Commercial, and Corporate Law Constitutional Law
Criminal Law Environmental Law
Family Law and Estate Planning Health Law and Policy
Intellectual Property International and Comparative Law
Jurisprudence, Legal History, and Social Issues Labor and Employment Law
Lawyering Skills Litigation and Judicial Process
Public Interest and Advocacy Public Regulation
Real Estate and Land Use Law Taxation

While working toward your JD, you may also choose to enter one of our certificate programs and develop further competence in environmental or international law.

Students wishing to pursue a second degree in conjunction with their JD are welcome to consider applying to one of Pace Law School’s joint degree programs.


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