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Orientation

Orientation is August 18-20

Fall 2021 Orientation Information will be emailed to your Albany Law email account in mid-July.

All information will be located within a canvas course.

An invitation to the Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Canvas Course will also be sent in mid-July.

If you have any additional questions about Orientation, please reach out to Andrea Irizarry, Associate Director for Academic and Student Programs at airiz@albanylaw.edu.

Details are available at  albanylaw.instructure.com (Albany Law School login credentials required).

Kindly plan to arrive at Albany Law School by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18 to register, receive your Orientation packet and officially appear as a first-year law student (1L).  Please use the Main Entrance on Holland Avenue.  We will meet in the East Foyer.

The main program and introductions (including a welcome from Dean Ouellette), will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Dean Alexander Moot Court Room (DAMC).  Current Albany Law students who are serving as Albany Law Section Advisors will guide you to the DAMC, which is on the 4th floor. 

Wednesday, August 18

  • 9:00 - 9:15 a.m.    Section Advisor Meet and Greet - East Foyer
  • 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.    Dean’s Welcome and Keynote
  • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.    How to Take Extremely Useful Notes
  • 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.    TRAVEL BREAK
  • 11:15  a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Legal Methods: Preparing for Class/Reading and Briefing Cases
  • 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.    Section Lunch
  • 1:15 – 1:30 p.m.    TRAVEL BREAK
  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.    Library Information Access & Resources 
  • 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.    Student Life and Inclusion 
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.    Managing Expectations,  Developing Your Professional Identity & Defining Your Success
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.    Lawyers as Collaborators 
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.    SBA Welcome BBQ 

Thursday, August 19   

  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.    Four-Year Student Meet and Greet
  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.    MS Student Meet and Greet 
  • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.    Legal Methods: Getting Ready for the First Week- Sample Classes (Sections 1-4)
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.    Cultural Competence and Why It’s Important (Sections 5-9) 
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.    TRAVEL BREAK
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Legal Methods: Getting Ready for  the First Week- Sample Classes (Sections 5-9)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Cultural Competence  & Why It’s Important (Sections 1-4) 
  • 12:00 – 12:15 p.m.    TRAVEL BREAK
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.    Introduction to the Career and Professional Development Center & Networking Lunch 
  • 1:15 – 1:30 p.m.    TRAVEL BREAK
  • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.    Albany Law’s Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual and Interpersonal Violence 
  • 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.    Using Social Media Responsibility 
  • 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.    Learning About Character and Fitness – Introduction to Bar Admission
  •  3:15 – 3:30 p.m.    BREAK
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.    Swearing-In Ceremony 
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.    Champagne Reception and Class Photo 

Friday, August 20   

  • 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.    Campus Tour - (Sections 1 & 2) 
  • 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.    Campus Tour - (Sections 3 & 4) 
  • 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.    Campus Tour – (Sections 5 & 6) 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.    Campus Tour - (Sections 7, 8 & 9)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.    Being the First Lawyer in Your Family 

From Student Affairs

Dear Students,   

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to Albany Law School.  We are delighted you will be joining the Albany Law community this fall!  

We are writing to provide you with some helpful information about the Albany Law Orientation program.  The goal of Orientation is to introduce you to the fundamental skills you will need as you begin your legal education at Albany Law School.  Orientation also provides many formal and informal opportunities to meet our faculty, staff, upper-level students and your classmates. 

Our Orientation program will take place on Wednesday, August 18 through Friday, August 20 and is mandatory for all first-year students.  A preliminary Orientation schedule is here.  Please plan to arrive at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18 for registration.  You will also pick up your Orientation packet and meet with your student section leaders.  

On Thursday, August 19, the day’s events will conclude with a brief swearing-in ceremony by the Honorable Mae D’Agostino, United States District Judge, Northern District of New York. Business attire is suggested on Thursday as there will also be an alumni networking lunch earlier in the day and a light reception and class photo following the swearing-in ceremony.  As we get closer, we will provide you with a zoom link to share with your family and friends so they can watch the swearing-in ceremony live.

It is important that you check your Albany Law School email address frequently as Orientation and other law school information will now be communicated to this email. In the next day or so, you will receive an invitation from Canvas, our Learning Management System, to join the Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Canvas course.  All Orientation materials and directions will be posted on the Canvas course. Please accept the invitation and review carefully the materials available in the modules section of this course, which will provide instructions on finalizing your preparations to attend Orientation.  

On behalf of the entire Albany Law community, we welcome you.  Enjoy your summer.  
   
Sincerely,

Rosemary Queenan        
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Andrea Irizarry    
Associate Director of Academic and Student Programs

Suggested Attire

Appropriate dress during Orientation is business casual (no t-shirts, jeans, or sneakers, please). We suggest business attire on Thursday, August 19, which includes an alumni networking lunch, a swearing-in ceremony, and your class photo.  

Food Accommodations

If you have any special dietary needs (gluten allergy, milk allergy, vegan, etc.), please email the Student Affairs Office no later than Thursday, August 5 at studentaffairs@albanylaw.edu so that we can ensure there is a menu option available for you.  Please be sure to notify us in advance so we can make these arrangements.

Parking

You may park in the parking lot immediately adjacent to the law school off of Holland Avenue during Orientation.  (That lot is usually reserved for 3L students, but you can use it during Orientation Week only.)  

For the school year, you will need a parking permit, which you may apply for via WebAdvisor.  Permits will be issued beginning Monday, August 9.  After completing the Permit Application on WebAdvisor, please stop by the Business Office Suite on the second floor of the 2000 building to pay for your permit and pick up your parking hang tag. You will need to present a picture ID and current vehicle registration.  Only vehicles registered in the name of the applying student, the student’s parent, guardian, or spouse are eligible for a permit. 

Student IDs

All members of the Albany Law School Community must have a valid law school photo identification card. 

You are encouraged to stop by the Business Office Suite (2nd floor of the 2000 building) during the week of August 9 to have your photo taken for your identification card. The office will be open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

All incoming students are required to complete this process no later than Thursday, August 19.


Housing

If you are still looking for housing, please note that the Student Affairs Office maintains a Housing Listserv that is open to all faculty, staff, and students. The listserv can be used to advertise an apartment, find a roommate, or look for a sublet or an apartment.

The Student Affairs Office will email housing information from local landlords as it becomes available.

If you would like to be added to the Housing Listserv, please email studentaffairs@albanylaw.edu from your law school email address. Once you have been added to the Listserv, you can email the group at housing@albanylaw.edu

Assignments & Materials for Orientation

The reading assignments for all of your Orientation classes are now available on the Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Canvas course.  Please read and be prepared to discuss the cases and materials assigned for each day.

Preparing for Week 1 of Law School

If you have not done so already, please familiarize yourself with the Portal - https://my.albanylaw.edu. You will find information about the various departments/offices, 1st-week reading assignments, and forms you may need during your time at Albany Law. 

Course Schedule and 1L Academic Section 

As a first-year student, your course schedule is preset. Once schedules have been assigned, the Registrar’s Office will email your law school email to let you know you can view your schedule on our Student-Self Service Menu, under WebAdvisor for Students.

The link My Class Schedule will display your fall schedule. Your 1L Academic Section will be listed in the subject line of the email from the Registrar’s Office. 

Bookstore

As a “welcome” to The Bookstore, they are offering a 30% coupon for a one (1) time use on certain full-price clothing, supplies or gift items. You must “sign-up” using the provided link on the postcard (enclosed) in order to obtain the 30% discount. The 30% discount cannot be combined with other offers and expires 30 days from the date of activation so don’t “activate” too soon.
 
To activate the coupon code, click here: www.dayonewelcome.com

To order your textbooks for in-store pick-up or home delivery, go to The Bookstore's website at www.thebookstorealbanyny.com.  You will need your course schedule to locate your textbooks and an I.D. at the time of your in-store pickup.  We also ask that you have your online order confirmation number (72800000- - - - -) so we can locate your order.

First Week of Classes - Assignments

The first day of classes is Monday, August 23. To prepare for class the first day, read and brief each case in the assigned readings (you will learn how to brief cases during the sample classes at Orientation). Your professors will also expect you to have your assigned text books in class. Your reading assignments for the first week will be posted on the Student Affairs page of the Portal on or about Wednesday, August 18. 

Academic Accommodations: Orientation and Beyond

Please contact studentaffairs@albanylaw.edu at your earliest opportunity if you have a disability or English is your second language and you intend to request accommodations during the academic year. Our law school community is inclusive of all our students and provides appropriate support to them.  

You can start the accommodation process now by submitting a Request for Academic Accommodations Form and/or English as a Second Language Form, which can be found on WebAdvisor (Printing/Completion section) or the Portal (Student Affairs page).

If you would like your accommodation in place by the first day of classes, you must return your documentation to the Academic and Student Affairs Office or email it to studentaffairs@albanylaw.edu no later than Monday, August 9

Seating Accommodations

You will have assigned seats for all of your 1L classes. If you have a documented disability or a physical impairment that requires a special seating accommodation, please fill out the Seating Accommodation Form on WebAdvisor no later than Monday, August 9. Seating assignments for the first day of classes will be available on WebAdvisor on Friday, August 16.

Faculty Advisor

At Albany Law School, Faculty Advisors assist students throughout their academic careers. You will receive more information on your individual faculty advisor as we get closer to the start of classes. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to work directly with a faculty mentor in planning the rest of your law school experience. Please do NOT select a Faculty Advisor on WebAdvisor as one will be assigned to you.

You will have an opportunity to select your faculty advisor in April when selecting your classes for your 2L year.

Tasklist

The following is a list of tasks to review and/or complete prior to Orientation. We strongly encourage you to use this checklist to ensure that you are prepared for Orientation and for law school.  

COVID-19 Vaccination

All students must present proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination before arriving on campus for Orientation and the first day of classes. 

____ Uploaded Full Vaccination Documentation
 

Student ID (In Person)

Visit the Business Office Suite on the second floor of the 2000 building from August 9-August 13 to get your student ID. This should be completed prior to Orientation.

_____  Student ID 

Canvas

BOLD: Presentations/documents required to watch/read prior to Orientation.

_____   Orientation Reading Assignments 
_____   Materials to View Prior to Orientation REQUIRED 
           _____    Computer Access and Information 
           _____    Max Financial Literacy
            _____    Bar Success
            _____    Public Safety
            _____    Pro Bono Program Orientation


Webadvisor - Academics

_____    My Class Schedule/Section Information  

Webadvisor - Forms

_____    Emergency Contact Form/ABA Standard 304(f)
_____    FERPA/Directory Withholding 
_____    Immunization Form
_____    Parking Permit Application
_____    Academic Accommodation Forms (to be completed if you require academic accommodations)
_____    English as a Second Language (ESL) Form

Webadvisor - New Student Acknowledgements 

_____    Admissions Survey
_____    Audio Recording Policy 
_____    Student Handbook 
_____    ITS Policy Acknowledgement (Read by September 6)
_____    Student Personal Data Form  (Must be updated by August 16) 

Accepted Students Day

Join us for a comprehensive look at Albany Law School and to learn about the many opportunities available to you as a law student at the only law school in New York state’s capital.

 Accepted students will have an opportunity to ask questions, and hear from our dean, faculty, current students, and alumni! All registrants will receive an email with a Zoom link and additional details ahead of Accepted Students Day.

If you have any questions contact the Admissions Office at admissions@albanylaw.edu or call 518-445-2326.

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