NEWS ADVISORY: Pace Law School Winding Down Part-time Evening Program; Offers New Options in Tune with the Times

Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon announced today that the faculty had voted to “gradually phase out” the part-time evening program. The viability and vitality of part-time evening programs has been an issue nationwide. Demand is down, with employer-subsidized law degrees a thing of the past, and employees reluctant to jeopardize their primary jobs by pursuing a part-time advanced degree.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, October 1, 2010 – Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon announced today that the faculty had voted to “gradually phase out” the part-time evening program.

In personal letters to current students and alumni, Dean Simon cited a confluence of demographic and economic factors necessitating the decision, made after “much research and internal discussion” at the law school and Pace University. The viability and vitality of part-time evening programs has been an issue nationwide. Demand is down, with employer-subsidized law degrees a thing of the past, and employees reluctant to jeopardize their primary jobs by pursuing a part-time advanced degree.

“Phasing out what has become a costly program with steadily declining enrollment will allow the law school to reallocate resources to innovative, new programs designed to preserve flexibility and reduce the expense of a legal education,” explained Dean Simon. These initiatives include a January admit program, the part-time day program, a continuation of evening courses year-round, and the summer skills semester.

The part-time evening program has been a division of the law school since its inception in 1976. While Dean Simon conceded that “this is an emotional issue,” she is confident that “the benefits far outweigh any losses.”

The fall 2010 incoming class will be the last to enter the evening division. Students will be fully supported and retained until each member graduates over the next four years.

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 four programs in environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, including the nation’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, 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. www.law.pace.edu

Contact: Cathy Lewis, Director of Marketing & Communications, (914) 422-4128, cdreilinger@law.pace.edu

 Jeffrey G. Miller, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, (914) 422- 4014, jmiller@law.pace.edu

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