Second- and third-year students receive academic credit while interning at one of more than 140 placements in various areas of law practice including criminal defense or prosecution, public interest advocacy, government law, science & technology or in judicial chambers. Students spend 12 hours per week working with supervising attorneys on site, and participate in weekly seminars related to their areas of practice. Field placements are available across all
Albany Law Career Pathways.
Public Interest: Students work in public interest areas to better the lives of people who often have no voice in the legal system, such as victims of domestic violence, abuse or neglect; tenants; people with disabilities or mental illness; the elderly, the homeless, or immigrants.
Criminal Law: Students work in Public Defender's offices representing clients in the criminal justice system or with District Attorney Offices, the offices responsible for prosecuting crimes.
Government and Public Service: Students intern in local, state or federal government, or not-for-profit organizations. Placements include the legislature, state or city agencies. Students may work in various fields including environmental law, health law, technology and intellectual property law, or labor law.
Judicial Internships: Students work in a city, county, state or federal court under the supervision of a judge or magistrate and their law clerks. Students may observe judicial proceedings, participate in chamber discussions, review files, conduct research and write proposed decisions or bench memoranda.
U.S. Attorney Internships: This year-long placement works in the office responsible for litigation on behalf of the U.S. government including prosecution of violations of federal criminal law and prosecution and defense in civil actions, suits or proceedings in which the government is concerned.
N.Y. State Bar Association Real Property Law Firm Field Placement: Students gain experience with Real Estate Law issues, transactions and litigation, as well as policy work at the State Bar level.
Semester in Practice: Second- and third-year students are afforded a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in exceptional judicial, governmental, public interest and select private law offices for an intense semester-long placement experience.
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