The Summer in Government Field Placement Course offers students a unique opportunity to spend seven weeks working in the capital of New York state under the supervision of a lawyer-mentor.
Students wishing to experience government lawyering in a "real-life" learning laboratory will work side-by-side with policymakers, decision makers and other lawyers on a wide range of law and public policy issues. Students will also explore overarching issues in law practice, professional responsibility and public policy through classroom presentations from government and other attorneys, in-class assignments and exercises and reflective journaling.
All law students who have completed one year at an ABA-approved law school are eligible to apply for this unique experience. Participation in this course requires a daily physical presence in New York's Capital Region.
All four credit field placements require students
to work at their assigned offices for a minimum of 168 hours for the semester
(approx. 24 hours/week during the 7 week summer term). Students must
arrange their schedule directly with the placement. It is recommended that
students schedule large blocks of time and consult with their supervising
attorney as to days/times that are most advantageous to work. (e.g., when
trials, hearing, meetings, conferences, etc. are likely to take place.)
Students are also
required to participate in a weekly, two-hour classroom component at Albany Law
School. Students must complete all class assignments and program-related paper
work, and attend a mid-semester meeting in order to receive credit for the
The Summer in Government Field Placement Course carries a total of 4 academic credits. These credits are earned through completion of the course requirements.
Whether the student is drafting legislation or rule making, preparing for legislative or administrative hearings, participating in policy meetings or conferences, or supporting a litigation team, or engaging in other lawyering tasks, students will benefit from, and gain an appreciation for, the varied skills required to be an effective lawyer. Students will also have a unique opportunity to gain an insider's view of the inner-workings of government, and to network with government lawyers, officials and other practitioners.
Most State agencies
and public law offices can host field placement students for the
For a complete list of
possible government and public service placements and for additional
information including links to placement websites, click here. Or
from the main Albany Law School website, click
on Clinic & Justice Center, then Field Placement Clinic, then Available
Placements. Not all placements listed are available during summer term, and
some placements have specific application requirements.
In order to secure a
placement that is customized to a student's particular interests or goals,
notice of intent to participate in this course must be given by the student to
the placement coordinator by March 22.
Students interested in a
Summer in Government placement may contact Robert Batson,
firstname.lastname@example.org, placement coordinator/course instructor, at the Government Law
Center to set up an appointment to obtain more information about the course and
to discuss interests and placement options.
Albany Law School students
planning to enroll in the course must apply on the Career Services Manager
(CSM). Students from other law schools should contact Robert Batson,
email@example.com, placement coordinator/course instructor, for an application.
During the placement
process, students will likely be asked to participate in an interview with a
placement Supervising Attorney. Interviews may be evaluative, but are
typically used as an opportunity for the Supervising Attorney to meet the
student, to discuss his or her interests, describe the work of the agency or
office, identify the type of assignments and tasks available, and
determine whether the placement fits with the student's interests, goals, and
Upon acceptance at a placement office, students will then be instructed to sign a placement confirmation card at the Government Law Center.
Upon receipt of the confirmation card from the Government Law Center, the Registrar's Office will add the course to the student's summer session schedule.
Students planning to
enroll in the course will be required to pay the appropriate tuition and fees
for summer session. The registration deadline for the 2013 summer session is
May 20. Questions concerning financial aid should be directed to the Financial
Robert Batson, Government Lawyer in ResidencePlacement Coordinator/Course InstructorGovernment Law CenterTelephone: 518-445-3348E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara ChandlerAdministrative Assistant/ParalegalLaw Clinic & Justice CenterTelephone: 518-445-2328E-mail: email@example.com
Professor Nancy MaurerDirector, Field Placement ClinicLaw Clinic & Justice CenterTelephone: 518-445-2328Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joann FitzsimmonsRegistrar Telephone: 518-445-2324E-mail: email@example.com
Andrea WedlerDirector of Financial AidTelephone: 518-445-2357E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions OfficeTelephone: 518-445-2326E-mail: email@example.com
How do I apply to take this course?
Albany Law School
students must apply on the Career Services Manager (CSM). Students from other
law schools should contact the course instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it competitive to get into this course?
No. Although Albany Law
School cannot guarantee that you will be accepted at a particular office, all
students will be accepted into the course, assuming all other procedures for
registration are followed. Every effort will be made to secure your first or
second choice placement.
Can I take other Summer Session courses in addition to this course?Yes. You may take any one of the other summer session course offerings in addition to this course.
Do I have to be an Albany Law School student to take this course?No. The Summer in Government/Summer Field Placement course is open to all students at ABA-accredited law schools who have completed one year of law school.
Do I have to be a United States citizen to take this course?
students, who are enrolled at and attending an ABA-approved law school are
eligible to take this course. Please note, however, that certain agencies may
impose restrictions on whether or not an international student will be accepted
for a placement.
Can I be placed in a government office outside of the Capital Region (e.g., Washington, D.C.)?
No. Summer in Government Field
Placements are only offered in New York's Capital Region at approved
placements. Students seeking placements outside the Capital Region may
register at a local law school and transfer their credits to Albany Law
School. Students will need to confirm with the Registrar that the credits
can be transferred.
Can I get financial aid to help me pay tuition and fees for the course?
Yes. Students must enroll
in a minimum of five (5) credits to borrow funds through the Federal Stafford
Loan Program for summer session courses. To apply for these funds, students
must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and financial
aid summer request form. The FAFSA can be completed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Summer request forms
are available in the Financial Aid Office.
Students enrolling in
less than five (5) credits are eligible to
apply for private loans.
Albany Law School
students cannot receive fund disbursements until Spring grades are available
and satisfactory academic progress is verified. Summer session tuition can be
deferred until funds are disbursed.