Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Throughout 2017, the University at Albany and Albany Law School will leverage their affiliated strength to together provide advocacy and trial practice opportunities to undergraduate students, including intercultural students.
On April 8, the organizations will host the Theodore Jones Undergraduate Students of Color Moot Court Competition at Albany Law School featuring an oral advocacy competition for undergraduate students of color. The competition has grown tremendously in popularity in just one year with three times as many undergrad students scheduled to participate as in the competition's inaugural year. Other colleges invited to participate include The College of Saint Rose, Siena College and Union College.
In fall 2017, UAlbany and Albany Law will offer a second moot court competition for all undergraduate students. In addition, the organizations will support a mock trial mentorship program for all UAlbany students who are interested in participating in UAlbany's Mock Trial Team.
The efforts are supported through the latest round of the affiliation's
Collaborative Venture Fund. Developed in 2015, the Fund enables important new academic opportunities for students, and novel research and grant prospects for faculty.
The program collaborators for this project include:
UAlbany faculty and staff, including academic advisors and student affairs professionals, as well as Albany Law faculty and students will mentor and advise students who are interested in law, as well as teach them oral advocacy and trial practice skills. Each team will be paired with a local attorney or law student mentor to prepare for the competition.
"The moot court competition was an excellent experience. It gave me the chance to learn about my personal strengths and weaknesses while being evaluated by local judges and attorneys," said Dakayla Bowlay-Johnson, one of the students on last year's winning moot court team.
UAlbany also offers a living-learning community (LL-C) for freshmen interested in pursuing a career in law called
The World of Laws and Justice. LL-Cs allow students to live in residence halls, study with other like-minded students and have exposure to topical services and events.