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Albany Law School welcomed its newest class this week, which includes 183 J.D. students, 18 Master's students, 10 LL.M. students, and certificate and transfer students totaling 215 new students. These students come from 21 states and four countries, have attended more than 100 colleges, speak 15 languages, and were born in 16 different countries.
"We are so excited to welcome this new class," said Alicia Ouellette, President & Dean. "This was a particularly difficult year to get accepted to Albany Law School. With an increase in applications, we were forced to be more selective. These students are excellent additions to the Albany Law School community, and we're looking forward to supporting them on their professional journeys."
The J.D. program garnered 1,140 applications this year, 24 percent over the previous year; 22 percent more J.D. students enrolled than last year. The class collectively has higher LSAT and GPA scores than preceding years. Women comprise 54 percent of the class.
"This class has a wide-ranging pool of talents, backgrounds, and goals," said Amy Mangione, Assistant Dean of Admissions. "They will learn a lot from one another, and enrich their law school experience with their multiple perspectives."
"They will learn a lot from one another, and enrich their law school experience with their multiple perspectives."
The M.S. in Legal Studies students represent the largest Albany Law non-J.D. cohort to date. They will pursue four different concentrations: cybersecurity and data privacy (with a 100 percent online option), government affairs, healthcare compliance, and social entrepreneurship.
LL.M. students pursing a Master of Law are attorneys looking to study further in a particular area of law. The Law School offers LL.M. specializations in cybersecurity and data privacy (with an online option), advanced legal studies, government administration, health law, and intellectual property. It also offers an LL.M. for international lawyers, who earned law degrees in their respective countries and come to Albany Law School to earn a degree and pass the New York bar exam, enabling them to practice in New York.
Thirty J.D. students have relatives who attended Albany Law School, and one student has eight relatives who have graduated. Twenty percent of the new J.D. students self-identify as diverse. New students range in age from 20 to 63, and three have served in the military.