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
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.