Albany Law School today announced the launch of a master’s program that will provide legal training for professionals and recent college graduates looking to advance their careers but not interested in a law degree.
The Master of Science in Legal Studies will be offered beginning in the fall of 2016. Students can choose from three concentrations:
— Government Affairs & Advocacy, a guided course of study to prepare a master’s student with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the field of lobbying.
Health Law & Healthcare Compliance, designed to equip those employed — or seeking employment — with the expertise needed to thrive in the dynamic career of health care.
— Social Entrepreneurship, an alternative degree for individuals looking to build a business or pursue a career that serves the legal and societal needs in their communities and beyond.
“Albany Law School has a long and proud history of training students for careers in the law,” said Alicia Ouellette, President and Dean of Albany Law School. “The law affects every career today, and knowledge of the law can advance a career in new ways. We’re thrilled to be able to open our classrooms and offer our talented faculty to those individuals looking to increase their legal knowledge and improve their opportunities in these professions.”
A study of the Capital Region’s professional environment show that the region’s professionals, and their employers, can benefit greatly with advanced learning of the law in these areas of study.
Thirty credits will be required to complete the M.S. in Legal Studies. All students will begin with a required Introduction to Law & Legal Methods course to learn the fundamental conceptual, research and writing skills critical to law study. An approved field placement is part of the core curricula in Government Affairs & Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship, and students in the Health Law & Healthcare Compliance concentration are encouraged to participate in a field placement experience.
Sample courses include: The Law of Lobbying (Government Affairs & Advocacy); Government Ethics (Government Affairs & Advocacy); Public Health Policy: Law, Finance, & Ethics (Health Law & Healthcare Compliance); Fraud and Abuse in the Healthcare Industry (Health Law & Healthcare Compliance); Law and Social Innovation: Creative Problem Solving (Social Entrepreneurship); and Economic Justice, Identities, and Markets (Social Entrepreneurship).
Application deadline for the fall semester is July 15. For more information, visit