Admissions Process: J.D. First YearAlbany Law School welcomes applicants with a strong record of academic success, life experiences that show a capacity to successfully handle challenges, and a high level of motivation to study law.
Because a large part of the Albany Law educational experience comes through interaction among students, each year we enroll a class of qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to add to our diverse campus community.
Academic Requirements for AdmissionA broad, general education including study in such subjects as history, literature, government, economics, philosophy and mathematics provides an ideal foundation for the study of law. All students should also be able to speak and write effectively in English.
Applicants to the Juris Doctor program must have earned or completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, including at least 45 semester hours in the liberal arts and sciences.
In weighing an applicant's credentials, we look at the entire application including such factors as grade point average (GPA), the strength of the undergraduate institution, and the rigor of his or her course of study. We also consider an applicant's score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is a reliable measure of academic preparation.
It is the policy of Albany Law School to provide equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry/ethnicity, religion or creed, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital or parental status, domestic violence victim status, military or veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status or age. Inquiries regarding the Equal Opportunity Policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12208-3494, 518-445-2311.
Checklist of Required Items- J.D. First Year:
All applications to the J.D. First Year program MUST be submitted electronically using the
link through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Paper applications are not accepted. The
deadline for receipt of applications for the Fall 2015 entering class is
June 1, 2015. Supporting documents must also be received by June 1. June LSAT scores will be assessed upon posting to your application.
J.D. First Year Application Instructions:
1. Application: Complete the Albany Law School J.D. First-year application, making sure to answer all questions. No application fee required.
2. Law School Admission Test (LSAT): You are encouraged to sit for the LSAT in June, October, or December. February 2015 and June 2015 scores will also be accepted. Albany Law School will consider all scores presented by an individual applicant but consistent with LSAC guidance, more weight is given to the highest LSAT score. LSAT scores older than five years from the anticipated year of matriculation will not be accepted.
3. Credential Assembly Service Law School Report: Registration with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service is required. The following materials must be submitted through this service:
a. Two letters of recommendation: Two letters, preferably from faculty who can address your academic and intellectual abilities. Letters from employers are also desirable, especially from applicants who received their undergraduate degree three years prior. Online evaluations will also be accepted through LSAC.
b. Transcripts: Transcripts are needed from all colleges, graduate, professional or technical schools you have attended, either as a matriculated or non-matriculated (non-degree seeing) student. NOTE: If admitted, official transcripts from all educational institutions must be submitted prior to matriculating in August at Albany Law School.
4. Personal Statement: Statements should be limited to no more than two, double-spaced pages on a topic of your choosing that will provide additional insight into your qualifications and interests.
5. Certification: All applicants must electronically certify that the information provided in the application, and all supporting documents and attachments, are complete and accurate, and that while the application is active, the applicant will promptly advise the Albany Law School Admissions Office of any change in any of the facts included in the application, supporting documents and attachments.
6. Financial documentation if you intend to enroll (Not required for U.S. citizens or permanent residents): Completed "International Student Financial Statement" to document the applicant's ability to pay the required cost of attendance. This documentation is required to prepare the I-20 form necessary to obtain your F-1 student visa.
Additional attachments: Applicants may submit brief, electronic attachments to this application to explain any LSAT score discrepancies, gaps in education or work history, or other information not disclosed elsewhere in the application that may be of assistance to the admissions committee during the admissions application file review process. Books, writing samples, photos, videos, will not be included in the committee review of your file and will be returned to you.
Contact the Albany Law School Admissions Office at 518-445-2326 or