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Albany Law School is among the best law schools in the United States at preparing students for careers in public interest, government, and criminal law, according to new rankings published by
In its Winter 2018 issue,
preLaw rated the country's top 20 law schools in each category. Albany Law School was the only law school to appear on all three lists, ranking:
The magazine based its rankings on job placement data, academic offerings—including related clerkship and externship opportunities, concentrations, centers, student journals, and student groups—and financial repayment options. Employment was the highest-weighed component, factoring in at 50 percent.
At Albany Law School, students have access to a network of more than 10,000 active alumni. With a robust
Career and Professional Development Center and several related Opportunity Pathways—Government, Policy, and Public Service; Public Interest Law; and Civil and Criminal Advocacy among them—Albany Law prides itself on readying graduates for rewarding public service careers.
Graduates include U.S. President William McKinley, two U.S. Supreme Court judges, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the current mayors of Albany and Rochester, former U.S. Attorneys, hundreds of sitting judges, and thousands of other public service leaders.
Albany Law's Government Law Center, New York's leading law and policy center for government and public interest, provides students ample opportunities for hands-on learning. The GLC Fellowship provides exceptional students with exclusive opportunities to engage in policy projects, legislative advocacy, and networking.
Each year, Albany Law students help hundreds of clients through the on-campus Clinic and Justice Center in areas such as health care, family violence, immigration, and community development. In the Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic, law students, under the supervision of professors and practicing attorneys, are given the opportunity to prosecute domestic violence crimes while acquiring basic lawyering and courtroom skills.
Albany Law students also have access to more than 150 field placement opportunities, ranging from government agencies and advocacy groups to public interest law organizations, district attorneys' offices, and a variety of state and federal court systems. Other opportunities include the Semester in Practice program, an intense semester-long placement experience in judicial, governmental, public interest, and select private law offices.
PreLaw, published by Cypress Magazines in San Diego, Calif., is read by law school professors, administrators, and more than 45,000 prospective law students across the United States, according to the publication's website.