New Pace Law Program One of Only Two in NY Area to Reach Students Seeking Spring Start

Pace Law School announced the launch of a new program for candidates seeking to start law school in January rather than September.

Pace Law School Announces January 2010 Start Date for New Entering Class New Flexible, Accelerated Path Offers Chance to Earn Law Degree in Only 2½ Years

WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 2009) — Pace Law School announced the launch of a new program for candidates seeking to start law school in January rather than September. The application deadline for January 2010 is November 16, 2009. Admissions decisions are expected to be made before December 23, 2009. This inaugural class will start in January 2010, completing the first core semester of law school during the spring and the second semester during a new 13-week summer session. These students will then join their second-year law student classmates in fall 2010 and graduate in two and one-half years rather than the traditional three-year path.

“This is a novel way to reach students who do not want to wait until next fall to start law school,” noted Pace Law Dean Michelle S. Simon.

Assistant Dean for Admissions Cathy Alexander said that recruiting this new entering class will be timely given the increased interest of May graduates deciding to pursue legal studies late in their senior year, due to the tough job market. Late LSAT preparation may have caused these seniors to have missed application deadlines for the fall 2009 class. “We also have received several inquiries from December graduates and others in the Westchester area who seek spring admission,” added Alexander. Dean Simon noted that the January entering students would be fully integrated into law school life and have access to all the same services and activities available to first-year students who started in September 2009, including financial aid, career services, student groups and eligibility for law review.

By adding a January entering class, Pace Law School joins a handful of law schools around the country with multiple admissions dates, including only Cardozo Law School in the New York City metropolitan area. “We plan to capitalize on our wonderful setting in suburban Westchester to draw potential students, as well as the richness of our clinics, externships and our renowned environmental programs,” said Dean Simon. January entering students will be able to take advantage of all these programs at the same time as their fellow second-year classmates in the fall of 2010. Interested candidates can apply online for the January 2010 entering class by going to:

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has over 7,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening J.D. programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. With its Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. Pace is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on Climate Change Law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

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