the Fall of 2007, the Albany Law faculty have approved the following
curricular changes in response to the recommendations of Best
Practices for Legal Education and the Carnegie
first-year course load was recently reduced in order to: 1) allow students
to focus on basic analytical skills; 2) allow professors to engage in more
interim assessments of students and in more creative teaching
methodologies, in and outside of the classroom; and 3) this modification
was intended to reduce the stress of first semester in accordance with good
Albany Law has joined other progressive
law schools, by reducing Property and Constitutional Law to four
credit single semester courses, down from the outdated six credit, two
semester model. Similarly, Contracts will be reduced from six to five
credits to be completed over the first year.
development of the regulatory state, and the need to place law
practice in a meaningful social context all argue for a revision of law
school curriculum to give students a better understanding of the world in
which they are expected to conduct themselves as professionals.
Best Practices and Educating Lawyers both support the
need to expose law students to different perspectives on the law and to
place doctrinal courses in social context to better explore and promote
professionalism and what it means to be a lawyer.
Albany Law faculty have voted to require that all students take at least
one International Law in the 3rd semester of instruction. Students
are also required to take one Administrative Law course before graduation.
Exposing law students in some way and to some degree to administrative law,
international law, and/or other comparative law courses demonstrates
Albany Law's commitment to delivering a program of instruction that
reflects the reality of modern law practice.
Albany Law School faculty added one-week
"Intersession Classes" for second- and third-year students. These
courses provide students the opportunity to prepare for the profession by
working intensively with an expert practitioner, to apply core knowledge
learned in school to real life lawyering activities, and to begin to
grapple with professional identity and the values of the legal
Taught by practicing adjuncts and full-time
faculty, intersession courses are offered in many of the most common
practice areas such as: Will Drafting, Taxation, Real Estate, Matrimonial
Law, and Law Practice Management.