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 is 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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The Plan: Opportunity Pathways

Opportunity Pathways are a defining feature of Albany Law School. Drawing on our location, independence, and community, we created 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 include business, tax and financial markets; civil and criminal advocacy; government, policy and public service; health; innovation and entrepreneurship; and public interest. Opportunity Pathways shape 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 inform educational and mentorship programs and culminate in professional pathways that connect students with employers and life-long mentors. Professional development of students are at the core of each Opportunity Pathway. Having recruited students with backgrounds well-suited to success on the Pathways, the Law School 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 includes 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 the 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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Programs

This school also offers:

Certificate

Certificate in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law

Online Campus 6 - 12 months September 2018 USA Albany

A new all-online certificate program in Cybersecurity & Privacy Law offers students the opportunity to enrol in a unique half-year to full-year, skills-oriented cyber law track. [+]

A new all-online certificate program in Cybersecurity & Privacy Law offers students the opportunity to enrol in a unique half-year to full-year, skills-oriented cyber law track. The courses are designed to develop the student's skills to:

understand the impact of laws and policy assess a business or organization's cybersecurity and privacy program assess industry best practices along with state, federal and international cybersecurity and privacy rules, make decisions and advise senior decision-makers on how to orient a business or organization to rapidly adapt to a constantly changing risk, compliance, legal and policy environment.

The program consists of three courses for a total of nine credit hours and is offered in a fully-online, distance-learning format, allowing students to complete courses at times that best fit their schedules. Each course takes 14 weeks to complete and may be taken concurrently so that all three courses can be completed in one academic semester.... [-]


Juris Doctor

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

Online & Campus Combined Full time 3 - 4 years September 2018 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.... [-]


Juris Doctor

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2018 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.... [-]


LLM

LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates

Campus Full time Part time August 2018 USA Albany

The law school offers a rigorous curriculum with a rich history of excellence. Students will be joining a community of distinguished faculty, focused and determined students, and a network of accomplished alumni that can provide mentorship, internships, and potential employment. Located in the heart of New York state’s capital, the law school has educated leaders since 1851. With 10,400 alumni practicing across the country, this powerful network provides a community of opportunity for its students. An affiliation agreement with University at Albany includes shared programs, and access for students and faculty to learn from one another. The law school has a proven history of launching brilliant careers throughout the region, the nation and internationally. Presidents, CEOs, financial executives, and business owners credit their Albany Law School experience for their success. [+]

Academic Requirements

The law school offers a rigorous curriculum with a rich history of excellence. Students will be joining a community of distinguished faculty, focused and determined students, and a network of accomplished alumni that can provide mentorship, internships, and potential employment.

Located in the heart of New York state’s capital, the law school has educated leaders since 1851. With 10,400 alumni practicing across the country, this powerful network provides a community of opportunity for its students. An affiliation agreement with University at Albany includes shared programs, and access for students and faculty to learn from one another.

The law school has a proven history of launching brilliant careers throughout the region, the nation and internationally. Presidents, CEOs, financial executives, and business owners credit their Albany Law School experience for their success.... [-]


LLM

Campus Full time Part time 3 weeks September 2018 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 school offers an LLM in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law, offered completely online, allowing international students to take the courses from home. [+]

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.

Candidates can take the fully-online Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law LLM from anywhere in the world.

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.... [-]


MLS

Master of Science in Legal Studies

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA Albany

The law school offers a rigorous curriculum with a rich history of excellence. Master students will be joining a community of distinguished faculty, focused and determined students, and a network of accomplished alumni that can provide mentorship, internships, and potential employment. [+]

The law school offers a rigorous curriculum with a rich history of excellence. Master students will be joining a community of distinguished faculty, focused and determined students, and a network of accomplished alumni that can provide mentorship, internships, and potential employment.

Concentrations:

Government Affairs and Advocacy Health Law & Healthcare Compliance Social Entrepreneurship Cybersecurity and Data Privacy -- All online

This online program provides working professionals, as well as traditional students, a flexible schedule to advance career goals in cybersecurity and data privacy.

Located in the heart of New York state’s capital, the law school has educated leaders since 1851. With 10,400 alumni practicing across the country, this powerful network provides a community of opportunity for its students. An affiliation agreement with University at Albany includes shared programs, and access for students and faculty to learn from one another.... [-]


Contact
Location address
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York, 12208-3494 US