Albany Law School Ranked Among Top 10 U.S. Public Interest Law Schools

3/24/2014 | Facebook | Twitter | Email

The National Jurist magazine recently ranked Albany Law School among the top 10 public interest law schools in the nation, based in large part on the volume of experiential opportunities available to the school’s students.

To rank law schools, The National Jurist considered curriculum, cost of legal education, and post-graduate job placement in public interest and the public sector. More than half of each school’s score was based on experiential opportunities, which could include in-house clinical experience or field placements at external agencies or organizations.

Each year, Albany Law students help hundreds of clients through the on-campus Clinic & Justice Center in areas such as health care, domestic violence, civil rights, and taxes. The law students, under the supervision of professors and practicing attorneys, help clients who might not otherwise have access to legal representation.

Albany Law students also have access to more than 150 field placement opportunities, ranging from government agencies and advocacy groups to public interest law organizations and district attorney offices. Beyond public interest, the law school also offers field placements with law firms, science and technology companies, and a variety state and federal court systems.

The law school’s Pro Bono Program also provides experiential opportunities, with more than 200 students volunteering around 2,000 hours each year of law-related service to low-income communities throughout the Capital Region and in several other locations around the country. Pro bono initiatives help veterans, senior citizens, flood victims and many other traditionally underrepresented communities.

The National Jurist, published by Cypress Magazines in San Diego, Calif., is read by 100,000 law students at law schools throughout the United States.