Fast Track to Law School: NJIT Partners with Pace Law

NJIT students and staff recently visited Pace Law; the two schools partnered to offer an accelerated law program.

If you are interested in attending law school on the fast track, you’re in luck: the Albert Dorman Honors College has formed a partnership with the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in which NJIT students can study three years in the pre-law curriculum at NJIT and three years at Pace Law. After six years, students will have both an NJIT bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Pace Law. The agreement helps students jump-start their legal careers by saving them time and money.

The accelerated program is open to incoming Honors College freshmen and first-year students at NJIT. To be accepted, students must meet admission requirements for the Honors College, which in general means they must be in the top 10 percent of their high school class and have an SAT composite score of 1300. 

NJIT students tend to have technical and scientific interests, and Pace Law offers tracks in intellectual property law and environmental law, ranking third in the nation for the later track, according to US News and World Report.

“We are thrilled to create this 3+3 partnership with NJIT’s Honors College,” said David Yassky, dean of Pace Law. “We look forward to welcoming outstanding NJIT students who will bring their own unique backgrounds and analytical perspectives to the study of law here at Pace. Together we will prepare students to become lawyers who are well positioned to face the legal challenges of the 21st century.”

John Bechtold, interim dean designate of the Honors College, said the college tries to give its students as many academic and career options as possible.

"This is an important program as it is designed to open opportunities for careers in the legal field for students who have a STEM background,” said Bechtold. “We are delighted to be connected with Pace Law.”

NJIT students interested in pre-law commonly enroll in Law, Technology and Culture (LTC), a program offered through the joint Federated NJIT-Rutgers Department of History. The LTC program is an innovative way to prepare students for careers in law and is an especially appropriate path to a career as a patent attorney or patent examiner, said Assistant Professor of History Alison Lefkovitz, director of the LTC program.

“Law schools and employers with a need for legal experts are interested in applicants with strong backgrounds in science and technology and the humanities,” said Lefkovitz. “The study of law and technology fosters the ability to frame critical questions, to find evidence to support conclusions and to communicate those conclusions. These are skills employers definitely want in scientists and engineers.”

Abhinai Pothireddy, a mechanical engineering major in the Honors College, said he’s happy to have this accelerated option for law school, which he is considering attending. He is interested in both engineering and intellectual property law, and views law school as a way to combine those interests.

“Proceeding to law school immediately after obtaining my bachelor’s degree is an option I am heavily considering,” he said. “I believe that the opportunity to join a six-year program, such as the one between Pace Law and the Honors College, enables aspiring law school students to place themselves on the quickest route to achieving their goals and accelerate their professional development.”

Robert Florida (robert.florida@njit.edu)