From the School

Pace Law School, founded in 1976, has over 8,400 alumni throughout the country and the world, and its environmental law program is consistently ranked among the top five in the nation. The Law School is recognized for excellence in other areas as well, including but not limited to its international, criminal justice, public interest law, and clinical training and skills programs. The Law School offers full-time and part-time day J.D. programs, as well as a January Accelerated Program that provides students the opportunity to complete law school in two and a half years instead of three. Also offered are the Master of Laws degrees in Comparative Legal Studies and Environmental Law, including the nation's first graduate-level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, and a Doctor of Laws degree in Environmental Law. The Law School is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

Overview

Applicants
1,258
Acceptance Rate
60%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.30
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
195

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
148 - 153

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$65

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
103

41.74
Female
7.76
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

New York’s Pace University School of Law has earned a regional reputation as a leader in its field because it has excelled in its specialty of environmental law. The “one-of-a-kind” environmental law curriculum wins praise for offering “a variety of courses” taught by faculty who are “highly respected and known in the environmental community.” This “broad” program “offers a unique specialization within the legal profession” taught by “some of the greatest professors available,” and one that has proven to be the best known aspect of Pace’s law program. However, students point out that Pace is “not just an environmental law school…I think Pace has rested on this reputation for far too long.”
Educators at Pace aim to ensure graduates are “readily prepared to enter the working field and perform at a high level.” Internships abound, including study abroad opportunities that allow you to work at overseas law firms or intern with a war crime tribunal. The “amazing” professors here “are interested in their students’ growth, understanding, and achievement and are for the most part available for help and talking outside of the classroom.” Indeed, they will “frequently even give students their home phone numbers if they need to call for questions.” Some suggest the quality of professors can be “hit or miss,” with some going so far as to say that “the professors are either very good or very poor with very little in between.” However, according to most these educators “are intelligent, love their jobs, and are always helpful.” These teachers “work hard to help us and are excellent at the subjects they teach and conveying the subjects to us.”
Student opinions on the administration are mixed, with some indicating that the administration’s unwillingness to confront problems or ideas presented by students “detracts from all the great resources available to those who attend Pace.” Other members of the faculty win praise. Many students note that “the librarians are fantastic at helping students and explaining research tools to students.” Gripes with the administration aside, overall “the quality of the faculty coupled with the genuine care in preparation of students is unrivaled.” The trick is letting people know—students would love to see Pace gain a wider reputation.

Career overview

From The School


Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
77%
Median Starting Salary
$66,500
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
92%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
40

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Small and medium sized law firms, and government employers including District Attorney Offices.

Prominent Alumni

John Cahill
Chadbourne & Parker; 02-06 Secretary & Chief of Staff to NY Governor George Pataki

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Co-Director, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic

V. Gerard Comizio
Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP

Judith Lockhart
Partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn

Hon. Terry Jane Ruderman
Judge, NY State Supreme Court

Overview

From The School


Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$24,000

% Students Receiving Some Aid
81%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,376
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$10,460
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,600
Fees
$248

Overall

From The School


Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
533
Parent Institution Enrollement
13,300

Average Age at Entry
25

Demographics

28.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

90% are full time
10% are part time
53% female
47% male

Campus Life

Students Say

With a campus in the Westchester County suburbs of New York City, life at Pace Law School can be as active as you want to make it. It is not cheap to live here—White Plains “is an expensive place to live”—but the school is proximate enough to the five boroughs of New York City, as well as the NYC suburbs, that commuting to school is common. The “extremely professional” and “extremely polite” people on campus, both staff and students alike, create an “intimate atmosphere” in which students feel “close to (their) peers.” Student organizations are many, so “social life is there if you want it, but you’re not an outcast if you don’t.”
The situation with the campus itself is not as universally beloved. Despite its reputation as a cutting edge environmental law school, “there is nothing particularly cutting-edge about the technology on campus.” Students complain that “the wireless is frequently down,” and that the “windowless” auditorium-style classrooms lack natural lighting. Despite these complaints, one student summed up a common sentiment: “I consider myself to be very fortunate to be a Pace law student.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

From The School



Contact
Cathy M. Alexander
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Address
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Phone
914-422-4210

Email
admissions@law.pace.edu