A New “Land Use and Sustainable Development” Track Has Been Added to the LLM Program

WHITE PLAINS, NY, April 30, 2010 – “Global warming,” “green technology,” “carbon footprints,” and “renewable energy” are environmental issues with which Americans are becoming increasingly familiar.  Environmental awareness is having a profound impact on nearly all sectors of society – and the legal profession requires attorneys able to keep current with rapidly changing conventions.  To respond to these changes, Pace Law School will now offer within its Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law program a track dedicated to land use and sustainable development.

Beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, students will be able to enroll in an LLM track that will train them as lawyers to confront challenges facing human settlements both domestically and internationally, including transportation-oriented development, green building ordinances, sea level rise studies, conservation easements and land trusts, and environmental dispute resolution.

“Environmental law is not simply a fad – it is an essential component of our present and future,” says Assistant Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn.  “The field needs lawyers who understand the complex legal issues associated with sustainable development and environmentally responsible land use.”

With a faculty that includes leading scholars in the various areas of land use, green development law, climate change, and sustainability, Pace Law School is in the unique position of being able to further its commitment to offering LLM candidates the most timely and significant opportunities to study law and policy with renowned experts.

Students on the land use and sustainable development track will have available to them as resources all of Pace Law School’s environmental law centers: the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, the Center for Environmental Legal Studies, the Land Use Law Center and the Pace Energy and Climate Center.   These centers provide students practical, hands-on experiences related to the law of sustainable development and support the design and teaching of the school’s curriculum.

The land use and sustainable development track is one of two from which students may choose for the Environmental Law LLM degree; the other track is the nation’s first climate change LLM program.

The LLM program is 24 credits, including 14 credits of required core courses, and is designed to be completed in one year’s time for full-time students and in two years’ time for part-time study.  Tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 year are approximately $39,500 for the full-time program or $1,651 per credit if part-time.  In addition to the Environmental Law LLM, Pace Law School also offers an LLM in Comparative Legal Studies, as well as an SJD (Scientiae Juridicae Doctor) degree in Environmental Law.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top programs in environmental law. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus and offers the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in environmental law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.


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