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The work of the Land Use Law Center is divided among four programs, each offering many opportunities for student involvement:
Its student-driven Research & Innovation Program, which identifies solutions to cutting-edge land use issues for urban and suburban communities;
Its Training Programs, including the Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) program, which leads the nation in educating local land use leaders in land use law and community decision-making;
The Real Estate Law Institute, through which the Center produces law school graduates who are practice-ready and serves the educational needs of practitioners, government officials, the private sector, and citizen leaders in land use and real estate matters; and
The Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, which focuses on environmental interest disputes of critical importance to communities, states, and regions that require innovative resolution strategies and forums.
Employment at the Center
Students may apply for paid positions or positions for academic credit, and may also participate in numerous volunteer opportunities within the programs offered at the Center. During their first year, students may volunteer at the Center and stay on for paying jobs as associates during the summer. In their second and third year, students assume leadership positions and help manage the Center. They perform a variety of tasks ranging from writing research papers and legal publications to assisting with the mediation of land use conflicts.
The Center offers an opportunity for Pace students to work as fellows conducting research on land use practice topics, with an opportunity to be published in academic journals and other scholarly publications. The hard work of Pace students has contributed to many of the Center’s publications, including its most encyclopedic work: Well Grounded: Using Local Land Use Authority to Achieve Smart Growth.
Pace Law School, in conjunction with the Land Use Law Center, creates practice-ready law school graduates through a rich academic curriculum in land use law, real estate law, and environmental dispute resolution. Students interested in these topics have the opportunity to:
• Participate in the foundational Land Use Law course, or advanced study courses, seminars, and guided research projects in real estate and land use law
• Earn academic credit through externships at the Land Use Law Center, Real Estate Law Institute, or Kheel Center
The student-run Real Estate and Land Use Law Society (RELULS) and Dispute Resolution Society of Pace Law School are dedicated to exposing students interested in the practices of real estate, land use, environmental law, and alternative dispute resolution to both practical experiences and academic opportunities. The Real Estate & Land Use Law Alumni Group provides Pace alumni with a connection to the Center that lasts beyond graduation. The Group also offers mentoring for current students and networking opportunities for alumni working within all fields of law relating to land use and real estate.