Clinics, Research Centers, and Institutes

Center for Environmental Legal Studies
Pace Law School's Center for Environmental Legal Studies offers JD, LLM, and SJD candidates an opportunity to work directly with Pace law professors in advanced environmental law research and law reform. The center anchors several projects addressing energy conservation, international environmental law, and sustainable development.

  • Pace Energy and Climate Center
    Founded in 1987 by Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger, a former member of Congress, the Pace Energy and Climate Center (formerly known as the Pace Energy Project) is nationally recognized as a key leader and advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The mission of the Pace Energy and Climate Center is to reduce the environmental, social, and human health burdens of today's predominant forms of electricity production and consumption and to promote climate change solutions. Our multi-disciplinary team aims to accelerate the world's transition to clean, efficient and renewable energy alternatives.
  • Research and Publication
    Students working with the center recently completed editing work on the United Nations Environmental Law Training Manual in use worldwide. Students are currently researching state laws on greenhouse gas emissions for a book on climate change.
  • Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
    Located on the Pace Law School campus, the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County provide students with a link to a local organization, and opportunities to become engaged in local environmental issues.

Environmental Litigation Clinic
Directed by Karl Coplan and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Pace Law School's award-winning Environmental Litigation Clinic immerses students in the representation of public interest groups-primarily Riverkeeper, Inc., which safeguards the Hudson River and its environment. Students represent clients in court under a special court order and their efforts have led to precedent-setting decisions by federal courts under both the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Land Use Law Center
The Land Use Law Center plays a vital role in facilitating sustainable development and resolving land use conflicts by helping local and regional officials encourage more balanced patterns of land development. The center's training program teaches officials and professionals how to use local environmental law, development law, and alternative dispute resolution methods to address disagreements. Students conduct research, write articles, and assess land use conflicts. The center recently launched a new project with the University of San Diego-A Nation on the Edge-to examine land use issues in areas that suffer from recurrent natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and forest fires, and has launched a new Real Estate Institute.

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies works with every academic unit of the University in a comprehensive program to increase educational opportunities for students and faculty, expand collaborations and partnerships with external institutions and experts, and create research and advanced study programs on matters of community, national and global import.  Pace Academy is a freestanding institute in the Office of the Provost, headquartered on the Law School campus. Its programming includes students and faculty in both Westchester and New York City. By leveraging one of Pace University’s greatest strengths – our academic, practical and professional expertise in environmental studies – Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies continues a long Pace tradition that combines learning, scholarship, and service.

Pace Environmental Center
The Environmental Center is a component of the Department of Biology and Health Sciences in Dyson College. It serves as a gathering place and an environmental education resource for Dyson College environmental students and faculty. The talent and expertise of its staff complement environmental studies and science academics through interactive opportunities. Students learn about native habitats and wildlife while also gaining an awareness of environmental issues. Environmental education courses and seminars are held at the center, including a summer graduate course for teachers interested in incorporating environmental studies into their classrooms. The center itself is located in a natural setting, which includes resident wildlife, farm animals, and a nature trail.

Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS)
The mission of the Institute is to provide leadership in the study of the complex interrelationships between human culture and nature with special emphasis on the Hudson River bioregion and its diverse ecological, social, and cultural values. PIERS actively engages in interdisciplinary, University-wide research dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge and solutions to pressing environmental problems, through roundtable discussions, seminar series on regional issues, a visiting scholar program and regional conferences.