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PreLaw magazine named Albany
Law School one of the 20 most innovative law schools in the country, citing the
work of Albany Law students with “real life technology entrepreneurs.”
The magazine examined law
school programs across the country and identified their top 20 with the most
“innovative curricula, programs and approaches to preparing students for the
future.” Noting that lawyers should understand business, technology, process
improvement, and workflow optimization to increase their own value, the schools
the magazine chose offer innovative courses, clinics, and programming to
prepare students for the changing legal marketplace.
The magazine specifically called
out Albany Law’s Entrepreneurship Law in Emerging Technologies program, where
it states that students are charged with identifying the legal challenges that
their entrepreneurial clients encounter and find solutions.
At Albany Law School,
“Students not only receive instructions on business development and
intellectual property but also learn the science behind new technologies so
they can practice in a rapidly emerging field,” stated the article.
The two schools also noted in
the entrepreneurship category were Vanderbilt University Law School and
University of California Hastings College of Law. Other law schools on the
larger list of 20 include the law schools of Stanford University, Cornell,
Duke, Georgetown and more.
The magazine specifically called
out Albany Law’s Entrepreneurship Law in Emerging Technologies program.
“This kind of recognition is
a tribute to the hard work of our faculty as they continue to implement the
school’s long-term strategic plan,” said Alicia Ouellette, President &
Dean. “This work included envisioning and planning for an Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Pathway, making hiring decisions and curriculum changes, and
executing the plan in innovative ways. We’re just getting started.”
In January 2017, Albany Law School launched the nation’s first online Master of
Science in Legal Studies with a specialization in Cybersecurity and Data
Privacy. This 100% online learning program affords students around the
globe—working professionals as well as traditional students—the opportunity to
learn more about the legal and policy implications of cybersecurity and data
The preLaw article focused on the program Entrepreneurship Law in
Emerging Technologies, where students work in teams with an “Idea Champion”—an
entrepreneurial tech-related client. This past fall, one of the teams assisted
an Idea Champion with a new weather forecasting technology, looking at large
energy companies for clients. Another team worked on the legal issues of an
innovation that involved assisting patients, including the elderly who have
difficulty moving their bodies.
In the school’s new Community
Development Clinic, students are connected with small start-ups who cannot
afford an attorney to provide legal assistance. Working with University at
Albany’s Innovate 518, which refers clients to the Clinic, students provided
legal help to more than 40 businesses. Services included helping them form the
appropriate entity, negotiating a real property acquisition agreement, and
drafting a construction contract.
“All these opportunities are
an outgrowth of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway,” said Dean
Ouellette. “The Pathway provides programs, hands-on opportunities, mentors,
advisors, and internships within the innovation space. This was all built by a
collaboration of the Albany Law community, and we can expect a lot more to