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.