Field Placements

Field Placements

Second- and third-year students receive academic credit while interning at one of more than 140 placements in various areas of law practice including criminal defense or prosecution, public interest advocacy, government law, science & technology or in judicial chambers. Students spend 12 hours per week working with supervising attorneys on site, and participate in weekly seminars related to their areas of practice.

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Client Advocacy Students work in public interest areas to better the lives of people who often have no voice in the legal system, such as victims of domestic violence, tenants, the disabled, the mentally ill, the elderly, the homeless, and children suffering abuse and neglect.

Criminal Law Students work in District Attorney Offices, the offices responsible for prosecuting crimes. Students may be assigned to a specific Assistand D.A. or to a unit such as the Drug Unit, Appeals, Grand Jury and Sexual Offense.

Government and Public Service Students intern in local, state or federal government, or not-for-profit organizations. Placements include the legislature, state or city agencies,

Judicial Internships Students work in a city, county, state or federal court under the supervision of a judge or magistrate and their law clerks. Students may observe judicial proceedings, participate in chamber discussions, review files, conduct research and write proposed decisions or bench memoranda.

U.S. Attorney Internships This year-long placement works in the office responsible for litigation on behalf of the U.S. government including prosecution of violations of federal criminal law and prosecution and defense in civil actions, suits or proceedings in which the government is concerned. 

N.Y. State Bar Association Real Property Law Firm Field Placement Students gain experience with Real Estate Law issues, transactions and litigation, as well as policy work at the State Bar level. 

Director: Professor Nancy Maurer

The Albany Law School Clinic and Justice Center is funded, in part, through public grants and private donors. For more information please contact the clinic at 518-445-2328, or give online.