The Language Project engages bi- or multi-lingual law students to provide free translation/interpretation services to local public interest firms and organizations.
The Language Project serves various ends. To law students, it provides an alternative means of professional development, while using their language skills. Students gain knowledge about judicial and administrative proceedings and develop legal skills in client counseling, advocacy and litigation through the second-hand experience of being a practicing attorney. Also, it allows students to incorporate community services and outreach as a part of their legal training in their early stage of professional development. To the local legal community, the Project provides quality interpretation/translation services with law students who have prior exposure to and knowledge in law.
The Language Project raises a social awareness within the local immigrant community. Members of the community can enjoy the benefits of effective legal representation and the importance of diversity and individual uniqueness, regardless of their culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, language, national or ethnic origin.
If you are interested in this Project, see Albany Law School's Pro Pono and
Public Service programs.