Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
|Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University|
|Parent school||Pace University|
|School type||Private non-profit|
|Location||White Plains, NY, US|
|Outlines||19 (See List)|
The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, known colloquially as "Pace Law School," is the law school of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Located approximately 25 miles north of New York City, Pace Law School is situated on a spacious 13-acre (5.3 hectares) landscaped suburban campus of historic and modern buildings, nestled between the Cross-Westchester Expressway (I-287) and NY Route 22 (North Broadway), in White Plains, New York. Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is the only law school located between New York City and the state capital of Albany, New York, 136 miles (219 km) away. The School of Law ranks number three in the nation in environmental law. Stephen J. Friedman, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and former co-chairman of Debevoise & Plimpton, is the current dean of the law school.
Pace Law School's campus is home to the New York State Judicial Institute, which serves as a statewide center for the education, training, and research facility for all judges and justices of the New York State Unified Court System. On the Law School's campus is the nationally recognized Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic where Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, and alumnus of Pace, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. serves as co-director.
The Women's Justice Center, located on the campus, is dedicated to eradicating domestic violence and furthering the legal rights of women, children and the elderly through the skillful and innovative use of the law. In 2001, the Women's Justice Center opened a second site at the Westchester County Family Court in Yonkers, New York. The Westchester County Family Court in Yonkers is one of three family courts in Westchester County. The Yonkers office of the Women's Justice Center is located at the Westchester Family Court, 53 South Broadway in Yonkers. 
The majority of classes have fewer than 35 students, which enables close faculty-student relationships. Deans, administrators, and faculty members maintain an open-door policy for students. The majority of faculty members have had significant careers in legal practice prior to becoming legal educators. Their experience in law firms, as corporate counsel, and as federal and state regulators adds important perspectives to the theoretical principles of law.
The Law School offers programs of study leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degrees. There are also joint degree and certificate program options. Students who wish to obtain the J.D. degree may choose to receive a certificate of specialization in either environmental law or international law. Concentrations include business law, criminal law, family law, intellectual property law, and real estate and land use law. The joint program options allow students to work toward a degree in law while earning an M.P.A. degree from Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, or an M.B.A. degree from Pace University's Lubin School of Business. Students also have the option of enrolling in a joint J.D./M.E.M. with the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a J.D./M.A. degree with Sarah Lawrence College in women’s studies, or a J.D./M.S. degree with Bard College Center for Environmental Policy.
The Environmental Law Program at Pace was one of the first in the country and consistently ranks as one of the highest in the country in terms of academic and clinical opportunities available. Students may obtain the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in environmental law or the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) in environmental law. The LL.M. in comparative legal studies is available for graduates of law schools outside the United States and is designed to meet the specific needs of students who want to obtain a degree in law within the U.S. that they can apply wherever they might practice.
Pace Law students who wish to gain some international experience may also participate in the London Law Program and live, study, and work abroad as part of their degree requirements.
A mandatory first-year moot court competition is part of the criminal law analysis and writing curriculum. The Law School also competes in interscholastic moot court competitions, including the Pace-organized Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna, and hosts the National Environmental Moot Court Competition, the largest of its kind in the country. Team members are selected by professors and chosen based on writing ability and oral presentation skills. The Law School also sponsors an intraschool moot, which culminates in the Grand Moot Competition each spring.
Pace Law School publishes three law reviews, the Pace Law Review, the Pace Environmental Law Review, and the Pace International Law Review.
Noted alumni and faculty
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. '87 - Alumnus; Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law & Co-Director, Pace Law School's Environmental Litigation Clinic; Radio host, Ring of Fire; former District Attorney for the City of New York
- Jeff Jacobson '93 - Vice-President, Kodak; COO, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group; President, Kodak's Graphic Solutions & Services
- John P. Cahill '85 - Senior Policy Advisor & Secretary and Chief of Staff to New York State Govenor George E. Pataki, and Development Chief of Lower Manhattan; former Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Robert Sands - President and COO, Constellation Brands; Chairman, ViaHealth Health System; President of the board of trustees of The Harley School; Chairman, New York Wine and Culinary Center
- Malachy E. Mannion '79 - United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
- William Kunstler - Civil rights attorney, Associate Professor of Law (1951-1963)
- Actress Frances Lee McCain, widely known as 'Billy's mother Lynn Peltzer' in the film 'Gremlins' (1984), lived in 33 Crane Avenue; a house that is now part of the Pace Law School campus which houses the office of Alumni Relations and Development & Pace's Center for Continuing Legal Education.
- American School & University magazine's Educational Interiors Showcase named the New York State Judicial Institute, at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, an outstanding classroom project. The building is a three-story building designed for teaching seminars for judges from all over the country. The $15.8 million building, which included a parking garage, was completed in the spring of 2003.
- Pace Law School's Women's Justice Center is the oldest university-based domestic violence training and litigation resource in the United States.
- US News and World Report Law Specialties: Environmental Law
- Westchester Family Court-Yonkers branch http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/9jd/Westchester/family_yonk.shtml
- Pace Women's Justice Center information http://www.wlln.org/english/detail.cfm?ID=195