Albany Law School

Albany Law School

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Albany Law School is the oldest independent law school in the nation, having been founded in 1851. But the law school, located in the capital of New York state, expects to affiliate soon with University of Albany. Assuming that happens, the law school will still be a financially independent entity, but it will have expanded resources, course offerings and funding initiatives. The move was necessitated, in part, by lower enrollment. Albany Law School dropped from 720 students in 2011 to 466 in 2014. 

The school already offers many opportunities for students to broaden their legal education beyond the campus. Albany is home to New York’s many courts and, of course, the state legislature, which the school notes is “a laboratory for the study of law.”

“There are more opportunities for hands-on learning than we have students,” said Dean Alicia Ouellette. “The assembly, the senate, the federal court, the state’s highest court and a vibrant private sector all provide internships, summer positions and full-time employment.”

As the only law school within 90 miles of the capital, students have more than 120 internships to choose from in any area of the law, including an opportunity to immerse themselves in judicial, governmental and public interest offices for an intense semester-long placement experience. In 2014, Albany ranked 10th in preLaw’s ranking of Best Public Interest law schools. It also has the third highest employment rate in the region, with 72.8 percent of grads landing jobs within nine months of graduation.

This article was updated in July 2015.

Admission Profile
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75th Percentile1543.55
25th Percentile1493.01
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$33,560$33,560
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants88.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 88.20%
NJ Employment79.64
Bar Passage70.37%
Academic Profile
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy