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Incoming Class of 2021 Swearing In

Albany Law School welcomed a robust incoming class and celebrated a return to full in-person learning. Though masked, the excitement could be seen in the eyes of all the incoming 1L and non-JD students alike.

Of the 218 incoming students, 196 are entering the J.D. program in the Fall and 22 began in January. An additional 27 non-JD students will begin in 2021: in the MSLS, ILLM, LLM, and Certificate programs.

More than 1,400 individuals applied to the J.D. program, an 18% increase from last year. This larger entering class has also earned increased LSAT and GPA credentials compared to prior years.

Photos - Day 1

Orientation 2021 - Day 1

Photos - Day 2

Orientation 2021 - Day 2

The incoming class:

  • Represent seventeen U.S. states and Washington D.C.
  • Were born in 12 different countries: USA, Canada, Congo, China, Haiti, Liberia, Nigeria, India, Republic of South Korea, Mexico, Norway, and Pakistan
  • Has four members from three branches of the military: Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps
  • Is 56% self-identified as women and 44% men.
  • Has 50 members who self-identify as diverse.
  • Holds 17 Masters Degrees: MBA (3), MEd, MA (9), MS (3), and 1 MSN in Nursing
  • Can converse in 12 languages: English, American Sign Language, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French, Creole French, Urdu, Korean, Italian, Hindi, and Punjabi
  • Has 28 Students with Legacy connections to the law school including Alumni, Staff, Parents, Grandparents, Great-Grandparent, Siblings, Spouses, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins
  • Attended 109 different Undergraduate Colleges and Universities
  • Represent more than 50 undergraduate majors including Political Science; Accounting, African American Studies, Anthropology, Biomedical Science, Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Classics, Communications, Criminal Justice, Deaf Culture Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, French, Finance, Earth Sciences, Health/Kinesiology, Human Resources Management, History, Journalism, Marketing, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Nutritional Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.

Orientation kicked off on August 18 with a welcome by Assistant Dean of Admissions Amy Mangione, as well as an address from President and Dean Alicia Ouellette ’94, and keynote from Robert L. Capers ’96,

The first day continued with notetaking tips, case brief and class preparation sessions, and presentations on mental health and wellness, professional identity and success, and student life & inclusion.

In the afternoon, the new students participated in Lawyers as Collaborators:  The Great Game, an app-based, escape room style challenge that served as an opportunity to get acquainted, work together, and become familiar with campus.

On day two, students attended sample classes and Cultural Competence and Why It’s Important, a session led by Alex-Marie Baez ’20, the law school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow. They  also met and mingled with the Career and Professional Development Center staff and alumni, and attended the following sessions

  • Albany Law’s Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual and Interpersonal Violence, led by Chantelle Cleary ’06, Interim IX Coordinator
  • Using Social Media Responsibility, led by Professor Robert Heverly ‘92
  • Learning About Character and Fitness Introduction to Bar Admission, led by Associate Dean Rosemary Queenan and Sean Morton ’01, Deputy Clerk, NYS Appellate Division, Third Dept.

The swearing-in ceremony was led by Dean Ouellette and Judge Mae D’Agostino, United States District Judge, Northern District of New York.