First-Year Schedule

Your first year includes required courses that form the cornerstone of a legal education.

Fall Semester

  • Contracts I
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Torts
  • Lawyering I
  • First-year Seminar: Confronting Racial and Social Inequities

Spring Semester

  • Contracts II
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Property
  • Lawyering II

1L Seminar Requirement:  Confronting Racial and Social Inequities

Albany Law School will offer several 1-credit seminars on topics regarding Confronting Racial and Social Inequities in the Fall 1L semester, and 1Ls will be required to elect to take one of those courses. Seminars will address issues such as race, gender equity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, multicultural lawyering, and access to justice in a way that helps students understand how those issues have affected and continue to affect the development of law. Prior to the beginning of the fall semester, students will be provided a list of seminar courses with a course description for each course that will be offered and students will elect the course in which they want to enroll.


All students take Introduction to Lawyering in their first year, when you will learn to read, write and conduct research as a lawyer. You experience the legal process by representing a simulated client from the first interview through litigation and the appellate process.