Interim President and Dean Connie Mayer was quoted in a New York Law Journal article on new requirements for bar exam eligibility.
The New York State Court of Appeals issued new requirements for law students on Jan. 12, allowing more credit hours for hands-on learning in clinics, field placement courses and externships to count towards New York state bar exam eligibility.
The full article is available online (free registration required).
From the article:
"Connie Mayer, the interim president and dean at Albany Law School, said the changes were 'great' and that a law clinic environment was like an 'apprenticeship' where prospective lawyers could learn practical skills they will need later in their professional lives.
"She said she would have gone further and made a clinical or internship course mandatory.
"'My view is there should be some requirement that a law student should meet with an actual client,' she said. 'I don't know how you graduate from law school and never actually see a potential client.'"
At Albany Law School’s Law Clinic & Justice Center, students handle hundreds of cases each year for low-income clients in such areas as civil rights, health law and domestic violence. The law school's students also fill field placement and externship positions with a wide variety of companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations around the country.