Orientation - August 15-19, 2022

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!

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. 

Orientation is mandatory for all first-year students. 

Beyond this booklet and the campus map, 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 that email address. 

On behalf of the entire Albany Law community, we welcome you!



    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 Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19 and is mandatory for all first-year students. A preliminary Orientation schedule is attached to this email. Please plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 15 for registration. You will also pick up your Orientation packet and meet with your student section leaders.

    On Thursday, August 18, the day’s events will conclude with a brief swearing-in ceremony by the Honorable Mae D'Agostino, United 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 that email address. In the next day or so, you will receive an invitation from Canvas, our Learning Management System, to join the Fall 2022 New Student Orientation Canvas course. All Orientation materials and directions will be posted on the Canvas course. Please accept the Canvas invitation and visit the site periodically to have access to important information and instructions for Orientation. We will post materials and assignments for Orientation in the modules section of the course.

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


    Rosemary Queenan, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

    Andrea Irizarry, Director of Academic and Student Programs


    Subject to change

    Monday - August 15 

    • 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Registration 
    • 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Dean's Welcome 
    • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - What To Expect Your First Year/Navigating Law School 
    • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - One L From 10,000 Feet 
    • 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - BREAK 
    • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Introduction to Professional Identity Formation* 
    • 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch with Faculty Advisor 
    • 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - BREAK 
    • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Cultural Competence; Practicing Across Differences* 
    • 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - BREAK 
    • 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Lawyers as Collaborators* 
    • 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - SBA Welcome 
    • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Albany Law Welcome BBQ Sponsored by the SBA and Student Affairs

    Tuesday – August 16 

    • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Positive Psychology in a Professional Setting* 
    • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Professional Communications Workshop* 
    • 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - BREAK 
    • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - How To Take Extremely Useful Notes 
    • 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Pizza Lunch 
    • 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Legal Methods/Sample Class 1 - Preparing for Class; Reading and Briefing Cases 
    • 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - BREAK
    • 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Case Brief Workshops 
    • 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - BREAK 
    • 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Student Services and Support 

    Wednesday – August 17 

    • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Making an Impact 
    • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Legal Methods/Sample Class 2 - Getting Ready for the First Week of Classes 
    • 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - BREAK 
    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Implicit Bias Identification and Interruption* 
    • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch with Student Leaders 
    • 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - BREAK 
    • 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Reflection Workshop* 
    • 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Managing your Finances and Preparing for Professional Licensure 
    • 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - I Love New York Celebration with the Albany Law Community 

    Thursday – August 18 

    • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - The Psychology of Positive Interactions in a Professional Setting* 
    • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Developing a Wellness Plan* 
    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Values, Civility and Ethical Duties* 
    • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Albany Law School’s Response to Sexual and Related Misconduct
    • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch with Alumni and Introduction to the Legal Profession 
    • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Communicating with Civility* 
    • 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - BREAK 
    • 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Character and Fitness Admission to the Bar 
    • 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Swearing-In Ceremony 
    • 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Toast 

    Friday – August 19 

    • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Campus Tours (Sign Up on Canvas Course) 
    • 10:30 a.m. - Community Service Project

    * - Part of 1-credit Professional Identity Formation course  

    Student Portal

    To help you with the transition to school, you have access to our Student Portal. This information was sent this summer via email, but here is a refresher.

    Through a single login, you will have access to Self-Service for Students (registration, schedules, financial aid, billing, etc.), Outlook Web Mail, campus events, important announcements, notifications and more.

    Check your email for both your user ID and your temporary password.

    Change Password 

    Using the User ID and the Temporary password, change your password immediately: albanylaw.edu/changepassword

    Your password must be complex, at least 8 characters long, contain upper and lower case letters and at least one number or special character.

    Once you have changed your password, you will be prompted for a back-up alternative email or phone number and multifactor authentication (MFA) to secure your account.

    Sites to Access 

    Portal: https://my.albanylaw.edu

    Email: https://webmail.albanylaw.edu

    Albany Law email address is the first letter of your first name and the first four letters of your last name. Example: John Smith - jsmit@albanylaw.edu


    On Campus: AlbanyLaw_BYOD 

    Use username (portion of email address before the @albanylaw.edu) and Law School password to log in. 

    After Password Change 

    Complete the ITS Policy Acknowledgement no later than two weeks after the start of classes or computer privileges will be suspended.

    Familiarize yourself with Self-Service Menu for Students once you are logged into the portal and you can view your class schedule.


    Learn more about Schaffer Law Library at https://my.albanylaw.edu/library/Pages/default.aspx

    Password information for Westlaw Edge/TWEN, Lexis Plus, and Bloomberg Law will be emailed before orientation.

    Questions: reference@albanylaw.edu

    Task List

    COVID-19 Vaccination
    All students must present proof of the full COVID-19 Vaccination (including booster, if eligible) before arriving on campus for Orientation and the first day of classes. 

    ______ Uploaded Full Vaccination Documentation To Share My  Health (including booster, if eligible) More Details to Follow


    Student IDs

    Visit the Business Office Suite on the second floor of the 2000 building from August 8-August 12 between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to get your student ID. This should be completed prior to Orientation.

    _______ Student ID 

    _______ Parking Pass (If planning to park on campus)


    Self-Service for Students (on Portal)

    ______ User Profile

    ______ Chosen Name

    ______ Preferred Pronouns

    ______ Address/Phone

    ______ Emergency Information

    ______ Review, Update and Confirm Emergency Contact Information Required Agreements (Aug. 1)

    _______ FERPA/Directory Withholding

    _______ Audio Recording Policy

    _______ Student Handbook

    _______ ITS Policy Acknowledgement (Read by September 5)

    _______ Drug and Alcohol Policy



    _____ NameCoach Roster 

    _____ NameCoach Recording

    ______ Modules 


    Orientation Materials 

    ______ Legal Methods Reading Assignments

    ______ Professional Identity Formation Reading Assignments (Aug. 1)

    ______ Parking Permit Application (Aug. 1)

    ______ Shared Responsibility and Community Safety Agreement

    ______ New Student Communications Release 

    ______ Computer Access and Information 

    ______ Max Financial Literacy

    ______ Public Safety

    ______ Pro Bono Program Orientation

    ______ Notify Student Affairs of Orientation Dietary Restrictions (Aug. 4 Deadline)

    ______ Sign Up for Campus Tour (optional)

    ______ Academic Accommodations Form (if needed)

    ______ ESL Accommodation Form (if needed)


    Additional Forms and Selections

    ______ Immunization Form

    ______ Select First Year Seminar Course (received via email)


    Day 1 - Monday, August 15

    Session 1 - Introduction to Professional Identity Formation

    During this session, we will introduce students to the concept and competencies of professional identity formation, including what it means to be a lawyer and the special obligations lawyers have to their clients and society.  

    Session 2 - Cultural Competence; Practicing Across Differences

    During this session, students will be introduced to broad definitions of culture and cultural competence as valuable and necessary in law school and the legal profession. Students will explore the ABA’s position on cultural competence and engage in exercises which illustrate how cultural competence embraces the principles of equal access and non-discrimination when providing legal service. Emphasis will be placed on cultural competence as a developmental practice rather than a “one-and-done” experience.

    Session 3 - Lawyers as Collaborators

    Teamwork/collaboration has been identified as one of the main competencies for lawyer effectiveness.  Collaboration is also a critical competency of professional identity and leadership.  During this session, students will work as a team on a collaborative exercise, which will provide an opportunity to explore the benefits of working collaboratively to achieve a common goal. 

    Day 2 - Tuesday, August 16

    Session 4 - Meeting Expectations in a Professional Environment 

    In this session we will explore the professional expectations for law students and lawyers, including expectations in class, in co- and extra-curricular activities, and in interactions with peers, mentors and the community. 

    Session 5 - Professional Communication Workshop 

    This session will focus on developing oral and written professional communication skills. 

    Day 3 - Wednesday, August 17

    Session 6 - Implicit Bias Identification and Interruption 

    This session will explore the science behind implicit bias and how to identify and disassociate our brains from formed implicit bias.  Students will explore a variety of bias-inducing influences, including environmental, relational, familial, and media influences, as well as single-incident bias formation.

    Session 7 - Reflection Workshop 

    Students will be asked to write a two part reflective essay directly related to what they learned regarding identifying their own personal bias and disassociating from that bias.

    Session 8 - The Impact of Positive Psychology on Law Student and Lawyer Success 

    This session will introduce students to the benefits of positive psychology, including improved performance and well-being, with a focus on identifying character strengths, cultivating a positive mindset, and building resilience in the face of challenges.  

    Session 9 - Developing a Wellness Plan  

    Wellness encompasses many different dimensions, including emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. In this session, students will have the opportunity to develop a wellness plan. 

    Day 4 - Thursday, August 18

    Session 10 - Values, Civility and Ethical Duties 

    During this session, we will explore the values of the legal profession, including adherence to professional and ethical responsibility, civility, and integrity.  We will discuss what each of these values means and how an understanding of these values contributes to professional identify formation.  

    Session 11 - Communicating with Civility 

    Students will participate in a writing exercise that reflects their understanding of the values, civility, and ethical duties of the profession.  

    Fall 2022 Sessions (Time and Date to be Announced) 

    Session 12 - Aligning Personal Values and Career Goals 

    This session will focus on identifying individual values and aligning them with possible career goals in the future. 

    Session 13 - Persuasive Communication & Public Speaking

    This session will address effective advocacy in a professional environment.

    Session 14 - Introduction to Leadership

    This session will introduce students to leadership theories and competencies, with a focus on transformational and servant leadership.  We will also examine some of the qualities that are critical to effective leadership, including values, self-direction, self-regulation, emotional intelligence, vision and substantive competence.  


    Monday, August 15- Friday, August 19

    Kindly plan to arrive at Albany Law School by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 15 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 8:45 a.m. in the Dean Alexander Moot Court Room (DAMC). Current Albany Law students who are serving as Albany Law Student Section Advisors will guide you to the DAMC, which is on the 4th floor. 

    Suggested Attire

    Appropriate dress during Orientation is business casual (no t-shirts, jeans, or sneakers, please). We suggest business attire on Thursday, August 18, 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 4 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.


    You may park in the parking lot immediately adjacent to the law school off of Holland Avenue during Orientation only. (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 Canvas (Fall 2022 New Student Orientation Course). Permits will be issued beginning Monday, August 8. After completing the Permit Application on Canvas, 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 8 to have your photo taken for your identification card. The office will be open daily from 9am-3:30pm. All incoming students are required to complete this process no later than Thursday, August 18.


    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, to find a roommate, or to 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.

    Preparing for Orientation 2022

    As you begin to prepare for Orientation 2022, please keep in mind that it is important that you check your Albany Law School email address frequently as updates will now be sent to this email. 

    Task List and Required Presentations

    The Task List identifies important documents and presentations that will provide essential information on a wide range of administrative matters, including parking, accessing your email, and student policies for all incoming students. Please use the task list to be sure you have completed all necessary items to make the start of law school easier. Some of the tasks will be in person, on canvas or on the Self-Service for Students Menu on the portal landing page. As an incoming student, you are required to view each presentation and complete each required agreement prior to the start of Orientation/classes.

    Orientation Assignments & Reading

    The reading assignments for all of your Orientation classes are now available on the Fall 2022 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 & 1L Academic Section

    As a first-year student, your course schedule is preset. Once 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 Student Planning. Your 1L Academic Section will be listed in the subject line of the email from the Registrar’s Office. The Academic Section will also be your section for Orientation.


    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.

    Name Coach

    All students are required to record the pronunciation of their names using NameCoach. 

    To do so, you can click Name Coach Roster on the left sidebar of the Fall 2022 New Student Orientation Course and click record.

    First Week of Classes - Assignments

    The first day of classes is Monday, August 22. 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

    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 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 8. 

    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 email studentaffairs@albanylaw.edu with Seating Accommodation in the subject line no later than Monday, August 8. You will receive an email with directions to access the seating assignments in preparation for classes on Friday, August 19.

    Faculty Advisor

    At Albany Law School, Faculty Advisors assist students throughout their academic careers. On the first day of Orientation, you will have the opportunity to have lunch with your assigned Faculty Advisor. 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.