The Law School at Pace University

The Law School at Pace University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Henry Granison
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $65
Part-time program application fee $65
Besides the fall semester, can enter in winter/spring

The Law School at Pace University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 40.3% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.42
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 154

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 42.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 151-156
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.12-3.65
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.42
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 154

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 19.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-155
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.05-3.57
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.28
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 151

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.E.M. (Environmental Management)
J.D./M.S.
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.S.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Pace offers a wide variety of special programs through The Pace Women’s Justice Center, The Land Use Law Center, the Federal Judicial Extern Honors Program, the Public Interest Law Center and its many direct representation clinics and externships. There are also opportunities for a semester in London, as well as summer work for foreign law firms and at international war crimes tribunals.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 162
Seminars 32
Positions available in seminars 480
Positions available in simulation courses 432
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 104
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Pace Law School publishes a Law Review, an Environmental Law Review, an International Law Review and, with the NYS Judicial Institute and Office of Court Innovation, the Journal of Court Innovation. Students compete in interscholastic moot court competitions, host the largest environmental moot court competition in the country and participate in more than 26 student organizations.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 55
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 351
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 305
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 73
Full-time students involved in field placements 214
Full-time students involved in law journals 93
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 46
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 28

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 35
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 109
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 123
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 25
Part-time students involved in field placements 39
Part-time students involved in law journals 23
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 19
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 18

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 12.7:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 96
Full-time minority faculty 8.3%
Part-time minority faculty 6.3%
Total faculty 103
Total faculty (men) 58.3%
Total faculty (women) 41.7%
Total faculty (minorities) 7.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#142 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#3 in Environmental Law
#102 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#60 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 32
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.0
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.3
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.12-3.75
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.42
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 151-156
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 154
Acceptance rate 40.3% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 12.7:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 72.6% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.5% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 776

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 644

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 132

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 10.5%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 3.4%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 2.0%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 1.8%
Male students discontinuing law school 7.0%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.0%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Adriana Pace
Financial aid phone (914) 422-4050
Financial aid application deadline February 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $40,730 per year
Part-time: $30,550 per year
Room and board $13,440
Books $1,800
Miscellaneous expenses $2,322
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 36.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 13.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 3.4%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.3%
Median grant amount $17,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $9,000–$28,000
Full-time students receiving grants 53.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 44.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 22.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.5%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $12,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$16,000
Part-time students receiving grants 68.2%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $139,007
Proportion who borrowed 86.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 74,020
Microform titles 62,322
Electronic titles 4,770
Other non-book titles 1,007
Total titles 142,119
Volumes (excluding microforms) 192,110
Volume equivalent microforms 214,622
Total volumes and volume equivalents 406,732
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 56,618
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 101
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 72
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 20
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 8
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 62
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 87
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 73
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 27
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 63
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 37

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 78
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 206
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 36
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 50,051
Total seats available for library users 545
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Pace law library is housed in an airy, modern facility. It recently completed a four-year, $5,000,000 expansion and renovation. The law library contains an extensive collection of legal materials and subscribes to national online research systems. Many carrels and the student lounges are wired for laptop access to the network, and a wireless network is available throughout the campus.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.5% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 223
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 72.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 8.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 91.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 72.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 6.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 9.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Median private sector starting salary $65,125
75th percentile private sector starting salary $130,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 63%
Median public service starting salary $60,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 14.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 19.1%
Percent employed in government 9.9%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 4.9%
Percent employed in law firms 43.2%
Percent employed in public interest 6.8%
Percent employed in an unknown field 1.2%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 67%
Graduates employed out-of-state 15.4%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 3%
Number of states where graduates are employed 11
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 3.7%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 74.1%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.6%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.5%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.6%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.2%
Employment location unknown 14.8%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Center for Career & Professional Development/Public Interest Law Center counsel students and alumni and facilitate opportunities for term-time, summer, and permanent post-graduate positions, including fellowships and clerkships. They offer an extensive program of speakers across the spectrum of career paths, as well as interviewing and presentation training and pro bono opportunities.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 73.6%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 80.3%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 14.4%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 65.2%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 8.1%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 53.8%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 5.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 25.0%