Albany Law School welcomed the 187 new students comprising the Class of 2016 this week for three days of Orientation, culminating in a swearing-in ceremony by Judge Randolph F. Treece '76, a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York.
The median LSAT score for the class is 152, and the median GPA is 3.37. The average age of the class is 24, and the female:male ratio is roughly 1:1. Students from outside New York represent Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and several other states.
Orientation kicked off on Wednesday, Aug. 14, with a welcome by Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews, remarks by Associate Dean Rosemary Queenan, and a keynote by Judge Victoria A. Graffeo, Associate Judge of New York State's Court of Appeals.
Day two included the alumni panel "If I'd Only Known Then What I Know Now" featuring E. Elizabeth Loewy '84, Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit, Manhattan DA's Office; (Ret.) Colonel Charlie Mae Johnson '87, Criminal Appellate Judge, Dept. of Homeland Security; moderator Robert A. Rausch, Partner, Maynard, O'Connor, Smith & Catalinotto; Javid Afzali '12, Associate, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP; and Matthew Laroche '10, Associate, Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.
There was a comprehensive schedule of events throughout Orientation, including faculty presentations, section lunches, sample classes and less formal social gatherings. After the swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Aug. 16, Dean Andrews hosted the class for a picnic in the Courtyard.
The day before Orientation, 80 students from the incoming class got
a jump on their legal education by attending a pre-Orientation “Boot Camp” covering some of the most important elements of doing well in law school.
The “Boot Camp” began with remarks by Dean Andrews,
Associate Dean Ouellette and Associate Dean Queenan about the unique aspects of
transitioning into law school and the need to hit the ground running. Professor
Brescia delivered a talk on getting the most out of law classes and conducted a
mock Q&A with the new students.
Professor Heverly, Professor Tenenbaum and
Professor Dunn discussed academic success, including class outlines, course
exams and the bar exam. Professor Heverly also talked about professionalism
for law students before Associate Dean Ouellete delivered closing remarks.