Responding to uncertain economic times for the legal profession, Albany Law School recently announced the following programs for its graduating students:
Free Continuing Legal Education
Attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar are required to complete 16 hours of approved continuing legal education per year during the first two years of admission, including three credit hours of approved continuing legal education in ethics/professionalism, six credit hours in skills, and seven credit hours in professional practice and/or law practice management.
The Law School, in cooperation with the National Alumni Association and the Law School's Institute of Legal Studies, will make these 32 hours available free of charge to all graduates of the classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009. These credit hours will be offered in programs limited only to Albany Law School graduates of those years. Program information will be available in the near future.
Health Insurance Continuation
The School will make a continuation plan available to graduating students who have not yet become eligible for health insurance through another source. Further details regarding this coverage will be made available over the summer.
Members of the Albany Law School J.D. Class of 2009 who choose to enroll full-time in Albany Law's LL.M. program for the 2009-2010 academic year will receive a scholarship of $23,900. This will effectively reduce tuition to $15,000. In addition to its regular LL.M. program, the Law School will be offering an LL.M. with Concentration in Practice Skills. Students enrolled in the practice skills concentration will take a program of experiential and skills courses designed to assist in the transition to practice. The Law School has extended the LL.M. application deadline for members of the Albany Law Class of 2009 until June 15, 2009.
To avoid having to change an email address during ongoing job searches, members of the Class of 2009 will be able to retain their Law School email accounts for 12 months after graduation.
Working with the National Alumni Association, the Law School's Career Center is creating an unpaid internship clearinghouse. The goal is to develop opportunities for graduates to receive practice experiences as they transition to the profession.
Pro bono Opportunities for Furloughed Students
Graduates of the Class of 2009 who have been furloughed or whose start date for a job has been delayed and need a public service / pro bono position as part of their furlough agreement, may apply to the Law School for such a placement.