Golden Gate v. Pace


dcfrench
I have been accepted to both GGU and Pace for a LLM in Environmental Law. I obviously know that Pace has the better ranking overall, but is GGU a good school also? Ideally I want to end up with the EPA. Also I have always wanted to go to the west coast. I am really conflicted, and want some guidance. If I chose Golden Gate would I have good resources, and good connections? If I chose Pace would I be able to move out west after that? ahhhh decisions.
I have been accepted to both GGU and Pace for a LLM in Environmental Law. I obviously know that Pace has the better ranking overall, but is GGU a good school also? Ideally I want to end up with the EPA. Also I have always wanted to go to the west coast. I am really conflicted, and want some guidance. If I chose Golden Gate would I have good resources, and good connections? If I chose Pace would I be able to move out west after that? ahhhh decisions.
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I would not worry about rankings when comparing these two schools.
I would not worry about rankings when comparing these two schools.
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Traveler
If you want to work on the west coast, you should choose Golden Gate. My sense is that employers on the west coast haven't heard of Pace, and employers on the east coast haven't heard of GGU. And if you work in the clinic at GGU, you may make contacts here in CA that you can use. Also, the professors in the program are well-connected. One of them, Cliff Rechtschaffen, is now serving as the Special Assistant Attorney General for environmental policy. He coordinates the work of the offices attorneys on global warming. GGU admits students in spring and fall and sometimes considers late applicants.
If you want to work on the west coast, you should choose Golden Gate. My sense is that employers on the west coast haven't heard of Pace, and employers on the east coast haven't heard of GGU. And if you work in the clinic at GGU, you may make contacts here in CA that you can use. Also, the professors in the program are well-connected. One of them, Cliff Rechtschaffen, is now serving as the Special Assistant Attorney General for environmental policy. He coordinates the work of the office’s attorneys on global warming. GGU admits students in spring and fall and sometimes considers late applicants.
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ljensen
This is probably too late to help you, but may be of use to others with similar dilemmas.
Because Pace is so well-known in the field of environmental law (US News ranks it in the top three programs nationally) and offers such unparalleled curricular and experiential learning opportunities in that field (access to leading research centers, multiple specializations within environmental law, renowned faculty, location near New York City, etc.), its graduates work all over the United States and the world. Pace has graduates working in the San Francisco area and has many graduates working for EPA and other government agencies involved with environmental legal issues. So regardless of where you would like to end up working, I would suggest that Pace is one of the best options for those interested in environmental law. You can see more about Pace's LL.M. in Environmental Law (a degree which I hold) at http://law.pace.edu/environment.

Best,
Laura Jensen, J.D., LL.M.
Pace Law School
This is probably too late to help you, but may be of use to others with similar dilemmas.
Because Pace is so well-known in the field of environmental law (US News ranks it in the top three programs nationally) and offers such unparalleled curricular and experiential learning opportunities in that field (access to leading research centers, multiple specializations within environmental law, renowned faculty, location near New York City, etc.), its graduates work all over the United States and the world. Pace has graduates working in the San Francisco area and has many graduates working for EPA and other government agencies involved with environmental legal issues. So regardless of where you would like to end up working, I would suggest that Pace is one of the best options for those interested in environmental law. You can see more about Pace's LL.M. in Environmental Law (a degree which I hold) at http://law.pace.edu/environment.

Best,
Laura Jensen, J.D., LL.M.
Pace Law School
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