Albany Law School

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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 for 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 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

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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. 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... [-]

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. 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.... [-]

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. 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... [-]

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 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... [-]

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