Each year the Dean provides a limited number of Summer
Curriculum Grants (SCG), in the sum of $10,000 to allow for additional
support for faculty scholars with the intent to create or revise an
existing course in light of Best Practices for Legal Education and
the Educating Lawyers (The Carnegie Foundation
Report). The SCGs are available to all full-time faculty with at
least a full year's service at Albany Law, who are not otherwise
engaged in substantial outside employment, with preference given
Each faculty receiving an SCG
must submit a detailed report describing how the course is consistent
with Best Practices for Legal Education and Educating
Lawyers, complete with a list of class materials to be used. The
faculty member is also asked to agree to discuss the development of the new
course in appropriate media outlets, like the Best Practices for Legal
Education Blog (link above).
At Albany Law School a full-time faculty teaching load normally
consists of four (4) courses totaling 11 to 13 credit hours per academic
year. In an effort to promote teaching excellence among new faculty
members, each receives a reduced teaching load during his or her first
semester at Albany Law. The first semester course load for a new professor
is reduced from 5-7 credits to 3-4 credit hours allowing the professor to
get accustomed to teaching the students of Albany Law School.
Albany Law School encourages and facilitates the professional
development of each untenured member of the tenure track faculty through
the Faculty Annual Advisor (FAA) program. Prior to each academic year, each
untenured faculty member is assigned a tenured faculty mentor to assist the
untenured faculty member execute the educational mission of the law school
through carefully developed teaching and inspired scholarship.
FAA mentors attend classes taught by the untenured faculty
member, review the untenured faculty member's student evaluations and
discuss his or her teaching with others in the untenured faculty
member's field. The FAA meets with the untenured faculty member
at least once each semester to discuss the faculty member's teaching
and service goals and to counsel the faculty member on his or her continued
The administration at Albany Law School provides
faculty members with encouragement and financial assistance to attend and
participate in AALS section and general meetings and other professional
gatherings that will further their professional and academic interests.
Similarly, the law school offers financial support for faculty members
participating in state and local bar association activities that benefit
the academic and teaching objectives of Albany Law School.