A Joint Letter from Dean Ouellette and University at Albany President Jones

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To the University at Albany and Albany Law School Communities:

As we celebrate our recent class of graduates, we wanted to update you regarding the affiliation activity between the University at Albany and Albany Law School.

We have continued to explore synergies on several fronts, making particularly exciting progress in the academic arena. It is clear to us that our students and faculties have much to gain from a stronger affiliation between our two schools. 

For example, we have recently received state approval for a new certificate in Health and Human Rights that will be available to all of our students.  We are also working on new collaborative degree programs that we will launch over the next several months.

As a result of this progress, we are pleased to announce that we have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) articulating our shared intention to continue the exploration process. And we will work toward completing a mutually beneficial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by the end of October 2015. The MOA will capture the major tenets of the relationship and outline the specific goals of a deeper affiliation between the University at Albany and Albany Law School.

The trustees, administration, and faculty of our two institutions will continue to be informed and involved as we spend the next five months shaping our collaboration.  We will also continue to seek input from students and alumni as our discussions progress. We intend to communicate regularly, hold open town meetings, and respond to concerns.

Since we believe many of you may have questions about this affiliation, we have developed a Frequently Asked Questions resource for your convenience.


Robert J. Jones, President                                          Alicia Ouellette, Dean
University at Albany                                                     Albany Law School