New Student-Advising System Expands Role of Faculty

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Starting this year, Albany Law School will institute an enhanced advising system to help students better navigate their three years of law school, pursue professional development with focused attention from a faculty mentor, and select courses appropriate for their professional goals.

Faculty have received four hours of training on mentoring students around career-centered topics including resume-writing, exam-taking, professional interests and linkages, obstacles to learning, and other issues.

“Faculty have a wealth of knowledge beyond their area of academic expertise, and it’s our obligation to make the student’s experience as rich as possible,” said Penelope (Penny) Andrews, President and Dean. “Today, professors need to be more than just teachers. They need to help mentor, advise, and connect students with their network of professional contacts.”

As in the past, students will be assigned a faculty adviser on their first day of law school. Under the new system, meetings with that adviser will be more frequent, and cover a broader range of career development issues. For their subsequent years, students will choose their advisers. Students will have a new adviser for each academic year to allow student access to a broader range of advice and knowledge.   

A system of evaluation and feedback will be put in place to ensure that the faculty-student advising relationship works optimally for the students—and provides the kind of support needed to succeed in law school.