About Albany Law School

A vibrant, intellectual community.
A location in one of the nation's most influential regions.
A singular focus of the study of law.

An intellectual exchange of ideas builds an understanding of the law. Albany Law School has invested 160 years perfecting the learning environment for that exchange.

Knowledge Empowers

Knowledge Empowers. That statement is the promise we make and keep to every Albany Law student. Here students gain the intellectual foundation and the practical experience needed for career success as a practicing attorney or for any range of careers that can be strengthened by quality education in the law.

The Student Body

Our students are exceptional. By any metric, their level of ability and achievement exceeds that of the average law student's and continues our 160-year tradition of developing outstanding attorneys. With almost 11 applications for each seat in the entering class, admission is competitive. The median LSAT score is 154 and the median undergraduate grade point average is 3.27. Students come from across the United States and 15 countries. Twenty-two percent of our students identify themselves as a member of a minority group. 

An Intense Academic Environment

Our commitment to the highest quality academic environment is strong. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, students get the personal interaction needed to promote clarity of understanding and practical engagement in learning. Our faculty ranks include noted authors, gifted teachers and world-class scholars. The student-faculty relationship is one that challenges students to excel while supporting them toward success. Our curriculum prepares students for above-average outcomes on the bar exam and work life. With 14 concentrations, students can focus on special areas of interest or develop a broad understanding of legal topics. We also offer many joint degrees in conjunction with area colleges in the Capital District, providing students with a rich educational experience and a broad range of professional opportunities while allowing students to complete two degrees in four years of full-time study.

Learning Law by Doing Law

Albany Law gives students abundant opportunities to put theory into practice in rewarding ways. Through the award-winning Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center, students represent low-income clients. The Government Law Center takes advantage of the school's location in New York's capital to offer an array of policy and public-service programs. Our Moot Court program, simulation courses, internships and field placements create other opportunities for hands-on-learning.

The Many Advantages of Being in New York's Capital

Internship opportunities/field placements—Albany is the capital city and the economic center of upstate New York, and this translates into innumerable internship opportunities with government agencies, private law firms and the legal departments of companies in the region.

Singular Focus, Proven Results

Our sole focus on the study of law yields outstanding results. Our graduates have great success on the New York State Bar Exam, providing a passport to practice law almost anywhere. Our graduate employment rate has been well above the national average for more than 25 years.