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Once You've Been Accepted

Congratulations! You are #AlbanyLawBound!

Secure your seat, visit us, and take your next steps right here!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is signing admit letters and updating acceptance packets for you, Albany Law School’s future students. I am always inspired by the stories and ambitions that you share during the application process. It is an honor to be a part of your story. On behalf of the Admissions Committee, congratulations! Your journey starts soon, and I can’t wait to see you achieve all of your goals—those you can already name, and those you have yet to realize.

On this page, you will find all you need to get started and then some. My colleagues and I are available to answer any questions, any time, so please reach out to the Office of Admissions at admissions@albanylaw.edu or 518-445-2326.

We are happy to help and look forward to hearing from you!

- Assistant Dean Amy Mangione

Frequently Asked Questions

Amid the excitement of being accepted to start your law studies at Albany Law School, you may also have a lot of questions. We have you covered!

If you don’t find the answer you need there, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

    Albany Law School students are not required to own computers, but most do. Whether you choose a PC or Mac is a personal preference and not dictated by the school. There is wireless Internet throughout the campus, so all notebooks should have an 802.11g or greater wireless card. For those who do not have a computer, there are computer labs available in the library.

    While we do not recommend any specific manufacturer, past experience indicates that students are better off with a name-brand laptop, such as Dell, HP or Apple, that can be serviced quickly in Albany. You do not want to be without your laptop for a long period of time, especially as exam time nears and papers come due.

    For student loan deferments, submit the form with the dates blank, sign it, and include an addressed, stamped envelope to the Registrar's Office. Forms will be mailed to the student loan company once you matriculate in August. You can order an enrollment verification form on WebAdvisor once you have matriculated in August.

    To satisfy American Bar Association (ABA) requirements, you must provide an official final transcript showing your undergraduate degree and the date it was awarded. This final transcript must be received prior to the start of Orientation. If the transcript that you have already provided to LSAC was a final degree-granting transcript, then no further action is required.

    However, if your transcript(s) were submitted to LSAC prior to the date that your degree was conferred, you must submit an updated final official transcript to LSAC. In the alternative, you may have your degree-granting institution send your final transcript directly to Albany Law School. Should you have any questions regarding your final transcript, please contact the Admissions Office.

    Official transcripts must be received before you arrive for orientation.

    Albany Law School does not require students to have health insurance and does not offer a student health insurance plan. If you do not have your own insurance (or if you are not covered under someone else's policy) you can sign up for health insurance offered through NY State of Health Marketplace.

    All housing at Albany Law School is off-campus. Because there are so many colleges in the region, housing is readily available, is relatively inexpensive, and located in the residential area surrounding the law school. The law school does not screen or investigate any housing. The Admissions Office has some resource material available to assist you with securing housing, including copies of the Renters Guide and information on the adjacent student-residence facility. 

    If you have any specific questions regarding housing, please contact the Admissions Office at 518-445-2326 or admissions@albanylaw.edu.

    We advise our students to consider sharing apartments because it is typically less expensive. Rent for shared housing is about $650 a month, or $325 per person. If you are interested in sharing housing, you may submit a Roommate Request via WebAdvisor. Typically, one-bedroom/studio apartments range from $525 to $675, two-bedrooms from $700 to $850, and three-bedrooms or larger from $950 to $1150.

    In-Person Campus Tours for Accepted Students

    Schedule an in-person tour of Albany Law School by contacting the Admissions Office at admissions@albanylaw.edu or 518-445-2326. All tours must be scheduled and confirmed with the Admissions Office in advance.

    Due to current COVID-19 safety guidelines, walk-in or unscheduled visitors will not be permitted on campus. Accepted students may register up to 3 guests to accompany them on their tour.
    Upon arrival, each individual attending must present proof of either a negative COVID test within one week of their scheduled date or proof of full vaccination—which is achieved two weeks past the date of final injection.

    Visitors may also be asked to respond to a basic public health questionnaire and have their temperature checked upon arrival. If the health screening can not be satisfactorily completed for any reason, the visit must be rescheduled.

    One-hour appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Eastern) on a space-available basis:

    We will be announcing future online chats, virtual open houses and information sessions, and other useful links to content that can help you get to know Albany Law School better. As they have always been, various members of our Albany Law community, including admissions and career counselors, faculty, current students, and alumni, are immediately available to you by email, telephone, and video conferencing platforms.

    Our community is bringing the campus experience to you, through videos, podcasts, and live programming.

    Graduate Student Cross-Registration at University at Albany Option

    The Cross-Registration Agreement between the University at Albany and Albany Law School allows eligible University at Albany graduate students the opportunity to take select courses at Albany Law School. Graduate students can apply for cross-registration for Fall and/or Spring terms. Learn more about cross-registration.

    Review Character & Fitness Requirements for Admission to the Bar

    In many states, including New York, character and fitness committees inquire into criminal and civil matters concerning candidates for admission to the bar. Prior to law school matriculation, applicants are advised to determine what the requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice.

    Click on one of the following links for information on specific states.