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Applicants for admission as candidates for the Juris Doctor degree must hold, or have completed the requirements for, a baccalaureate or higher degree granted by a regionally accredited institution, containing at least 45 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences.  Applicants without a baccalaureate degree are admitted only with exceptional academic credentials. In such a case, the applicant must have successfully completed three-fourths of the coursework toward a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution. International students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. You can download the Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) [PDF].

Merely meeting the minimal requirements does not, however, guarantee admission. Because the Albany Law receives many more applications from persons adequately equipped for the study of law than can be accepted, the Albany Law School Admissions Committee selects those  it determines can most benefit from and contribute to the academic program. 

For a statistical analysis of the candidates for admission, see the latest edition of The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, which can be obtained from Law School Admission Services, Newtown, Penn., 18940, and most bookstores.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail the Admissions Office or call us at 518-445-2326.​​​