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.
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.
Albany Law School will pursue its mission and seek to achieve its vision by committing to the following goals:
- 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.
- We will provide a dynamic educational program that educates skilled, ethical, and visionary lawyers who will be leaders in their chosen fields.
- 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.
- We will provide Opportunity Pathways to promote professional development and career success for all our students.
- We will ensure that our financial, human, technological, and physical resources support our strategic objectives and competitiveness.
- 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;
- 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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