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Students must apply separately to both programs.

For more information about
Pace Law School programs,
contact the Pace Law School
Office of Admission at:
Tel. 914-422-4210
Email: admissions@law.pace.edu
Web: http://law.pace.edu/

Steven Sarno MS/JD '09

Associate, Beveridge & Diamond, PC

Steven Sarno MS/JD

“The Bard CEP program offers a great refresher on the many technical aspects of environmental issues that no serious environmental law student should miss.”

The Faculty

Students discuss some of the benefits of working with the faculty at Bard CEP.

M.S./J.D. Dual Degree

M.S./J.D. Dual Degree

MS/JD Program sequence 

Year 1       
First-year MS course work at Bard 
Year 2       First-year L1 course work at Pace Law School 
Summer   Pace internship or externship 
Year 3       Second-year L2 course work at Pace Law School  
Summer   Pace internship or externship 
Year 4       Completion of Pace classes (fall) and second-year Bard classes (spring)

Program Description

The M.S./J.D. program is designed to enhance students’ learning and provide vital preparation for careers in environmental decision-making. Lawyers with a background in environmental policy are equipped to understand complex environmental problems, enabling in-depth analysis and problem solving in the scientific, political, and economic arenas. A law degree allows policy-makers to work in high-level positions drafting and analyzing legislation and regulation.

Pace Law School has an excellent selection of courses that cover national and international environmental, climate, energy, and land-use topics, an abundance of research opportunities, expert faculty, and hands-on experiences available to its students. The M.S./J.D. dual degree provides a level of depth and understanding that is unmatched, and is excellent preparation for a career in environmental decision-making.

Program Logistics

The M.S./J.D. program consists of four years in residence, two-and-a-half years at Pace and one-and-a-half years at Bard. Students usually begin the dual degree at Bard in either environmental policy or climate science and policy, and gain a strong foundation in environmental economics, science, policy, and law. 

After completing the first year of coursework at Bard, students begin a full-time course of study at Pace for the next two and a half years. The Bard CEP first year curriculum sets the stage for study in environmental law. The internship requirement for Bard CEP may be fulfilled through completion of a previously approved Pace internship, externship, or clinic program that has an environmental focus. (First-year law students at Pace can apply to the dual degree, and if accepted, commence their MS degree in year two, and then return to Pace for three more semesters.)

All students return to Bard in the spring of the fourth year to complete final courses and a master’s thesis, supporting the development of deep individual expertise. In this way, students develop broad knowledge of environmental policy and law; a suite of analytical, communication, and problem solving skills; professional experience in their chosen field; and finally, they become experts on topics that they have selected.