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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com from your law school email address. Once you have been added to the Listserv, you can email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Please contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, August 8.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.