Admissions Process


Albany Law School welcomes applicants with a strong record of previous academic success, life experiences that show a capacity to successfully handle challenges, and a high level of motivation.

In weighing an applicant's credentials, the law school looks at such factors as grade point average (GPA), the strength of the undergraduate institution, and the rigor of his or her course of study. The law school also considers an applicant's score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), a reliable measure of academic preparation.

Because a large part of the Albany Law educational experience comes through interaction among students, each year the law school enrolls a class of qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to build a fully diverse campus community.

Academic Requirements for Admission

A broad, general education provides an ideal foundation for the study of law. The law school does not require any particular subjects or specific course study for admission. The prospective law student is advised to take such subjects as English, history, government, economics, philosophy, literature, logic, mathematics and accounting. A major in business administration and finance should include courses in the arts and sciences, as well as business courses.

Students should be able to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing. All students should also be able to speak and write effectively in English.

Listed below are undergraduate degree programs represented in the most recent entering class:

  • Accounting
  • American Civilization
  • AnthropologyArt/History
  • Biology, General
  • Biology, Specialization
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communications
  • Computer Science, General
  • Construction Engineering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drama-Theatre Arts
  • Economics
  • Education, General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • Geology-Earth Science
  • Government Service
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Health Professions-Other
  • History
  • Hospital-Health Administration
  • Humanities
  • Information Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Other
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies-Regional Planning