The GLC provides students with many exceptional learning opportunities:
Albany Law School students compete each year for the prestigious Fellowship enabling them to study a policy topic in depth, interview professionals in the field, host a roundtable discussion, and author a report which the GLC publishes and disseminates nationwide—in addition to the award of a substantial financial stipend.
Each year, students are hired to work side by side with attorney-mentors in private practice and at other organizations, assisting them with the volunteer work they undertake on nonprofit issues. Klepper Research Associates have helped a new nonprofit organization get started, and prepared educational and outreach materials on lead paint laws and hazards for the community.
Offered in conjunction with the Field Placement Clinic, students intern locally part-time in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government as well as in nonprofit agencies to obtain practical training in the activities of these offices.
For more extensive experience, students spend a semester working full-time in the Albany area or in Washington, D.C., through the Semester in Government Program, administered by the GLC and the Field Placement Clinic
Working with the Alumni in Government Group and Career Services, the GLC hosts a series of programs for students on careers in state and local government. The GLC's Directory of Legal Careers in New York State Government— the only resource of its kind for students and others entering public service—is published periodically by the New York State Bar Association.
The GLC hires students to conduct research on a wide range of law and policy issues including, administrative/regulatory, aging, citizen oversight of law enforcement, environment, government ethics, intergovernmental, land use, municipal, dispute resolution, racing and wagering, and state constitutional. Exciting new projects are available each semester. Past GLC reports have had statewide and nationwide impact.County Attorneys Association NewsletterStudents enhance their writing and editing abilities serving on the editorial board for Footnotes, the newsletter of the County Attorneys Association of the State of New York. Under the supervision of the GLC staff attorney, students edit articles submitted by attorneys and write case law summaries and other items for the online newsletter (www.caasny.org) produced exclusively for county attorneys in New York State.
The Government, Law & Policy Journal is produced by the GLC twice a year for the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. Albany Law School students and faculty routinely contribute articles and a student editorial team prepares articles for publication.
Since 1995, Albany Law School has served as host of the GLC's annual Senior Citizens' Law Day program. Hundreds of seniors and their families come to the Law School for a Saturday in the fall to attend sessions on important topics such as wills, choosing nursing homes, retirement planning, and Medicare. It's an all-volunteer effort, with local attorneys and faculty members teaching the courses and more than 50 law students volunteering as classroom monitors, hallway guides, parking lot attendants, and special needs assistants.
The GLC hires students to work primarily on a variety of office tasks such as typing, answering telephones, copying, labeling envelopes, filing, and binding reports. Work stydy students occasionally provide research assistance as well. The tasks are a welcome break from studying, the staff is pleasant, and the location is convenient.
The GLC provides an opportunity for students to have their papers on law and policy topics published through The Student Paper Series. The projects are self-initiated, with students suggesting topics to the GLC. Having published a report while in law school gains the attention of potential employers and provides advantages in job searches.
Albany Law School students have an opportunity to focus their field of study on "governmental administration and regulation." The concentration includes required courses, elective courses, and field placements. The concentration requires a 2.7 grade point average within the concentration. Students who earn a 3.5 grade average within the concentration courses earn the concentration with honors.
The GLC has developed a wealth of contacts in government and, in conjunction with Career Planning, has helped Albany Law students find public sector employment for summers and upon graduation.