Albany Law School

Introduction
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Our Mission

Albany Law School educates and empowers tomorrow’s leaders in law practice, business, public interest, and government. We connect the classroom to the profession, government, and the community through experienced-based learning, engaged scholarship, and a robust network of alumni and supporters. Learning at Albany Law School is a joint venture between students and faculty members, supported by staff, administrators, alumni, and the Board of Trustees. Our students develop a sophisticated understanding of legal policy and doctrine, a broad range of professional competencies, and a deep commitment to justice and ethical values.

Our Vision

Albany Law School will be recognized as a student-centered community of learning that provides a rigorous, innovative program of legal education that responds adeptly to changing needs and opportunities. The law school offers Opportunity Pathways that attract students with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds and prepares graduates for extraordinary careers in law, business, public interest and government. Led by faculty scholars and teachers committed to advancing law and justice, students will develop skills, knowledge and professional values to contribute to and lead in a global society. As graduates they will join a flourishing alumni community dedicated to the success of the law school, its students, and its mission.


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Our Goals

Albany Law School will pursue its mission and seek to achieve its vision by committing to the following goals:

  1. We will attract and retain a talented and diverse pool of students who are engaged learners prepared to succeed in today's complex and changing world.
  2. We will provide a dynamic educational program that educates skilled, ethical, and visionary lawyers who will be leaders in their chosen fields.
  3. We will cultivate and nurture a community of engaged teachers, productive scholars, exceptional practitioners, government leaders, and private and public innovators working together to provide a dynamic educational environment.
  4. We will provide Opportunity Pathways to promote professional development and career success for all our students.
  5. We will ensure that our financial, human, technological, and physical resources support our strategic objectives and competitiveness.
  6. We will strengthen and incentivize an institutional culture of professionalism, collegiality, intellectual curiosity, productivity, intercultural effectiveness, transparency, efficiency, collaboration, continuous improvement, and responsibility for outcomes.

The Plan: Opportunity Pathways

Opportunity Pathways are a defining feature of our plan for Albany Law School. Drawing on our location, independence, and community, we will create Opportunity Pathways to inspire, support, and provide direction to our students as they explore and pursue substantive areas identified through market research as ripe with career possibilities. These Pathways will initially include business, tax and financial markets; civil and criminal advocacy; government, policy and public service; health; innovation and entrepreneurship; and public interest. Opportunity Pathways will shape recruitment strategies, inform our educational and mentorship programs, help us identify strategic partnerships, and culminate in professional pathways that connect students with employers and lifelong mentors.

Opportunity Pathways define areas of distinction and provide direction for applicants, students, and graduates.

The Opportunity Pathways are:​

  • Business, Tax and Financial Markets;
  • Civil and Criminal Advocacy;
  • Government, Policy and Public Service;
  • Health;
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship;
  • and Public Interest Law.

Opportunity Pathways shape recruitment strategies, inform educational and mentorship programs, and culminate in professional pathways that connect students with employers and life-long mentors.

Professional development of students will be at the core of each Opportunity Pathway. Having recruited students with backgrounds well-suited to success on the Pathways, the Law School will provide students a rich curriculum, clinical and field placement opportunities, faculty advisors, alumni mentors, peer affinity groups, and professional development training consistent with each Opportunity Pathway. Our Clinic and Justice Center, Government Law Center, Institute for Financial Market Regulation, Center for Excellence in Law Teaching, and our rich network of Alumni and supporters all will contribute to the professional development and opportunities afforded every Albany Law School student. Each Pathway will include a variety of substantive legal tracks, or concentrations, which will be available to all students. For example, a student might take courses in international law while pursuing any of the Pathways.

One measure of a law school's success is its ability to place students in their chosen fields upon graduation. Albany Law School is committed to using its Opportunity Pathways to optimize our graduates' competitive advantage and preparation to obtain employment in their chosen fields. We will work with every student to maximize opportunity for desirable career placement and professional and personal success.

The Pathways identified in this plan are not fixed or static. The Pathways will be assessed annually, and modified or replaced as needed, to ensure they are providing our students with the most rigorous and effective academic program, and are placing our graduates in the best position to succeed after law school in light of the current realities of the profession and the job market.

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LLM

LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 USA Albany

Advanced Legal Analysis is a specially designed course that covers bar examination topics including contracts, criminal law/criminal procedure, torts, constitutional law, property, and evidence. Students are assigned problems and exercises that are in the same format as bar questions and receive written feedback designed to make them more successful on the bar examination. [+]

Academic Requirements To insure compliance with the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals, the LL.M. degree at Albany Law School consists of 27 credit hours of coursework that must be completed with 24 months of matriculation. Required courses are: Legal Profession Legal Research and Writing Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Procedure, or New York Practice I. The program also requires LL.M. candidates to take Advanced Legal Analysis. Advanced Legal Analysis is a specially designed course that covers bar examination topics including contracts, criminal law/criminal procedure, torts, constitutional law, property, and evidence. Students are assigned problems and exercises that are in the same format as bar questions and receive written feedback designed to make them more successful on the bar examination. In addition to the required courses set out above, at least six credit hours must be taken from the following courses: Criminal Procedure: Investigation Contractsor Sales & Payment Systems Torts Evidence Business Organizations Property or Trusts & Estates Criminal Law While only 27 credits are required to receive the LL.M. degree, candidates are encouraged to enroll in three additional credit hours that may be selected from the above courses or the full range of courses offered by the law school. Albany Law School recognizes that foreign-educated lawyers present very different backgrounds and training ( e.g., common law versus civil law and actual prior course work and experience) and we seek to build on those individual differences. Therefore, in addition to regular course work, LL.M. students are eligible to earn up to four credits by enrolling in an in-house clinical program through the Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center. Law interns in the Clinic & Justice Center represent real clients in actual cases under the close supervision of faculty members. This experience is intended to enrich students' formal legal education and to promote students' professional development by assisting them in integrating legal doctrine and theory with actual legal practice and professional responsibility. All foreign law graduates seeking an LL.M. in this program must begin the program in August and participate in a brief orientation. LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates Application & Procedures LL.M. for Foreign Graduates - Financial Aid FAQs Maintaining Legal Immigration Status Foreign students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. Please refer to the Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The Admissions Office staff is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please email us at admissions@albanylaw.edu or call 518-445-2326. ​​​ Master of Laws Foreign Applicant This LL.M. program is designed for foreign law graduates who seek an academic program to qualify for admission to the New York state bar or other bar. If you received your law degree from an ABA-approved law school in the United States, please apply through our regular LL.M. program. An applicant who has studied in a foreign country may qualify to take the New York state bar examination by submitting to the New York State Board of Law Examiners satisfactory proof of the legal education as required by Part 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law. For foreign law graduates whose law degree does not meet the durational equivalency requirements, the applicant can satisfy the requirements by successfully earning an LL.M. degree by completing a full-time or part-time program consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in professional law subjects, in an approved law school in the United States. Please see the program curriculum for details. LL.M. Application & Procedures Applicants are reminded that this application will only be considered upon receipt of all required materials. All foreign law graduates seeking an LL.M. in this program must begin the program in August and participate in a brief orientation. LL.M. candidates who are not U.S. citizens must enroll as full-time students and take a minimum of 9 credits per semester. Maintaining Legal Immigration Status Foreign students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. Please refer to the Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). [-]

LLM

Campus Full time Part time 3 weeks September 2017 USA Albany + 1 more

The LL.M. program offers several different study options. Candidates may specialize in government administration and regulation, health law, intellectual property law, or international law, or may design a course of study other than those specialized programs. [+]

The LL.M. program offers several different study options. Candidates may specialize in government administration and regulation, health law, intellectual property law, or international law, or may design a course of study other than those specialized programs. LL.M. candidates are required to earn 24 credits in approved courses. Students are strongly encouraged to earn academic credits, up to a limit of six, by engaging in faculty-supervised research and writing projects. A minimum GPA of 2.0, current and cumulative, is required. Students are expected to complete their degrees within three years and to be continuously enrolled (full- or part-time) during fall and spring semesters until all degree requirements are met. Courses previously taken toward the J.D. do not count toward the LL.M. Specializations Financial Aid Information LL.M. Application & Requirements The Admissions Office staff is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m EST/EDT. Please email us at admissions@albanylaw.edu or call 518-445-2326. ​ Master of Laws Applicants This LL.M. program is for graduates of ABA-approved law schools in the United States. If you received your law degree from an institution outside the U.S., please apply to our LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates. The LL.M. program for graduates of ABA-approved law schools offers several different study options. Candidates may specialize in government administration and regulation, health law, intellectual property law, or international law, or may design a course of study other than those specialized programs. LL.M. Degree Program Academic Requirements The LL.M. program offers several different study options. Candidates may specialize in government administration and regulation, health law, intellectual property law, or international law, or may design a course of study other than those specialized programs. LL.M. candidates are required to earn 24 credits in approved courses. Students are strongly encouraged to earn academic credits, up to a limit of six, by engaging in faculty-supervised research and writing projects. A minimum GPA of 2.0, current and cumulative, is required. Students are expected to complete their degrees within three years and to be continuously enrolled (full- or part-time) during fall and spring semesters until all degree requirements are met. Courses previously taken toward the J.D. do not count toward the LL.M. Applicants are reminded that this application will only be considered upon receipt of all required materials. Applicants for the LL.M U.S. Graduates program can apply at anytime and be considered for Fall, Spring or Summer admission depending on when their application is complete [-]

Juris Doctor

Joint J.D./M.S. in Bioethics

Online & Campus Combined Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Albany

The joint J.D./M.S. in Bioethics program is offered by Albany Law School in conjunction with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. The Alden March Bioethics Institute is an internationally recognized leader in the growing field of bioethics and its graduate education programs bring together outstanding teachers, innovative researchers, excellent students, the latest teaching technology, and an intensive clinical ethics program. The M.S in Bioethics is designed for those who want to put bioethics to work in their own professional careers. Albany Medical College is conveniently located directly across the street from Albany Law School, which gives law students a unique opportunity to participate in clinical rounds, ethics consultations and educational sessions on a regular basis. [+]

The joint J.D./M.S. in Bioethics program is offered by Albany Law School in conjunction with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. The Alden March Bioethics Institute is an internationally recognized leader in the growing field of bioethics and its graduate education programs bring together outstanding teachers, innovative researchers, excellent students, the latest teaching technology, and an intensive clinical ethics program. The M.S in Bioethics is designed for those who want to put bioethics to work in their own professional careers. Albany Medical College is conveniently located directly across the street from Albany Law School, which gives law students a unique opportunity to participate in clinical rounds, ethics consultations and educational sessions on a regular basis. Master's students must complete a total of 10 courses. The online and onsite courses include empirical bioethics, research ethics, classic cases, clinical ethics and others. Students also complete a required master's project, choosing a traditional thesis, two publishable journal articles, or a practical project. Law and bioethics joint degree students can satisfy master's requirements by taking three specified courses at Albany Law School. Students can also count 12 credits earned in the Master of Science in Bioethics program toward their J.D. at Albany Law School. Because students can "double-count" courses, they can complete a J.D./ M.S. in Bioethics in three to four years. Albany Law School students may also satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement and the bioethics final research project by completing one research paper that satisfies the requirements of both programs. The Alden March Bioethics Institute works closely with Albany Law School to create a plan of study that accommodates both schools' schedules. M.S. courses are offered fall, winter, spring and summer to give students flexibility in completing their requirements. The M.S. in Bioethics and the J.D./M.S. Degree programs are registered by the New York State Board of Regents. Admission Requirements The applicant must be accepted and matriculated in both programs through the admissions process of each program to be enrolled in the joint degree program. For more information about applying to the Alden March Bioethics Institute, contact: Prof. Evelyn Tenenbaum Coordinator of the Joint Degree Bioethics/J.D. Program Albany Law School etene@albanylaw.edu +1 518-445-3375 Hayley Dittus, MPH Coordinator of Graduate Studies The Albany Medical College Alden March Bioethics Institute +1 518-262-2639 dittush@mail.amc.edu [-]

Juris Doctor

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Albany

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first professional law degree awarded to a student who has successfully completed the study of law. Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a J.D. degree. [+]

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first professional law degree awarded to a student who has successfully completed the study of law. Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a J.D. degree. The oldest independent law school in North America, Albany Law has been educating students and producing superb lawyers for more than 160 years. As the only law school within 100 miles of the capital of New York State, Albany Law offers students access to the state and federal courts, the legislature, state agencies and a strong private sector. Here you will find an intellectually rigorous curriculum in a highly supportive environment; a close-knit community of dedicated students; and accessible faculty. Albany Law is home to an extensive clinical program and dynamic law centers that serve the community and provide you with opportunities to engage in meaningful law practice. Though we emphasize the value of a broad-based education, Albany Law School offers concentrations for students wishing to focus their fields of study on particular areas of interest. Albany Law School also offers Joint Degree Programs in cooperation with several local institutions. J.D. Application & Requirements Financial Aid Information Joint Degree Programs Courses Concentrations Joint degree offerings include: J.D./Master of Arts in Bioethics J.D./Master of Business Administration J.D./Master of Public Administration J.D./Master of Regional Planning J.D./Master of Social Work The Admissions Office staff is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m EST/EDT. Please e-mail us at admissions@albanylaw.edu or call (518) 445-2326. Juris Doctor Applicants Albany Law School welcomes applicants with a strong record of academic success, life experiences that show a capacity to successfully handle challenges, and a high level of motivation to study law. Because a large part of the Albany Law educational experience comes through interaction among students, each year we enroll a class of qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to add to our diverse campus community. J.D. Law Degree Academic Requirements Applicants for admission as candidates for the Juris Doctor degree must hold, or have completed the requirements for, a baccalaureate or higher degree granted by a regionally accredited institution, containing at least 45 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences. Applicants without a baccalaureate degree are admitted only with exceptional academic credentials. In such a case, the applicant must have successfully completed three-fourths of the coursework toward a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution. International students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. You can download the Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Merely meeting the minimal requirements does not, however, guarantee admission. Because the Albany Law receives many more applications from persons adequately equipped for the study of law than can be accepted, the Albany Law School Admissions Committee selects those it determines can most benefit from and contribute to the academic program. Transfer Applicants Students currently enrolled in an accredited law school may apply for admission with advanced standing. The number of transfer applicants that we accept depends on the number of spots available in the second-year class. For more information, please visit our transfer admissions page. [-]

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