Pace Law School Becomes First to Offer Climate Change Track
As of January 2009, Pace University School of Law has become the first law school in the country to offer a specialized track in climate change law. Consistently ranked one of the best environmental law programs in the nation, this new dimension expands the scope of the program even further. The track was conceived several years ago by Professor Nicholas A. Robinson, the founder of Pace's environmental law program and a true visionary.
The Climate Change Track’s faculty is comprised of full-time Pace Law School professors and leading expert practitioners in the field. The required total credits for the program is 24, including 15 hours of required classes focusing on the most current issues in global climate change law and policy.
The new Climate Change Track features six new courses designed for LL.M. students:
Other courses available include: Climate Change, Energy Law, Environmental Justice and International Environmental Law, to name a few. All the offerings can be viewed in the Climate Change Track brochure. Required and elective courses have been specially compiled to pin point the most current issues in global climate change law and policy.
One of the most attractive aspects of the Climate Change Track is that the candidates have an opportunity to participate in one of ace Law School’s signature programs - the Environmental Diplomacy Externship at the United Nations. This program allows candidates to gain experience and test their skills and knowledge by being involved in real decision making. Student participants in the externship work two days a week at the United Nations with delegations and/or member nations, providing legal and policy support on climate change and sustainability issues. This hands-on practicum is an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to the most current issues at hand while assisting nations in desperate need of additional staff support and resources.
As part of Pace’s commitment to experiential learning, candidates in the LL.M. Climate Change Track can also enhance their academic experience by working for Pace Law School’s various research centers. The Center for Environmental Legal Studies is the home to key research projects that focus on green infrastructure, green building, climate action plain implementation, ocean governance, environmental courts and tribunals and international environmental law. Other research centers include the Land Use Law Center the Theodore W. Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interests Disputes and the Pace Energy and Climate Center.
The new LL.M. Environmental Law Climate Change Track at Pace Law School furthers the University’s commitment to offer students unparalleled opportunities to study relevant topics in law and policy while providing hands-on experience and training that prepares the future lawyers and policymakers to address the pressing environmental issues of our time and step into meaningful positions that make a difference.