Albany Law School Orientation

Albany Law School Orientation


Wednesday, Aug. 13 - Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Professional Development Day Tuesday, Aug. 12

President & Dean Penelope Andrews

Welcome incoming Class of 2017!

I look forward to seeing you all during the 1L Orientation program.

Our goal during Orientation is to introduce you to the fundamental skills that you will need as you begin your legal education at Albany Law School. The three-day program provides many formal and informal opportunities to meet faculty, staff, upper-level students and your future classmates.

This webpage is intended to be a one-stop resource to prepare you to start law school in August. We encourage you to review the below information well in advance of Orientation, and to revisit the page for any updates or new information.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Albany Law School in August.

Penelope (Penny) Andrews
President & Dean



Orientation Materials

Professional Development Day

Orientation Schedule

Orientation Assignments: Orientation reading assignments have been posted to WebAdvisor. 

Reading Assignments for First Week of Class: Reading assignments for the first week of classes, Aug. 18 - 22, will be posted to the portal by Aug. 13.

WebAdvisor Task List

Suggested Attire: Appropriate dress during Orientation is business casual (no t-shirts, jeans, or sneakers, please). We suggest business attire on the final day of Orientation, Friday, Aug. 15, which ends with a swearing-in ceremony and your class photo.

Food Accommodations during Orientation: If you have any special dietary needs (gluten allergy, milk allergy, vegan, etc.), please email the Student Affairs Office no later than Aug. 5 at so that we can ensure there is a menu option available for you.

Parking During Orientation: You may park in the parking lot immediately adjacent to the law school off of Holland Avenue during Orientation. (That lot is usually reserved for 3L students, but you can use it during Orientation Week only.)

Academic Information for 2014-2015 School Year

Additional information forthcoming

Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Fall 2014 First-Year Exam Schedule

Fall 2014 Calendar and Notes

Course Materials and First Assignments

Academic Calendar

Faculty Advisor Selection: At Albany Law School, Faculty Advisors assist students throughout their academic careers. You will have the opportunity during the week of July 21 to select your adviser for your first year of law school.  During that week, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to select your adviser using the Albany Law School Portal. If you do not select an adviser before Aug. 4, we will be happy to select one for you. 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.

Academic Accommodations: Please contact at your earliest opportunity if you have a disability and need an accommodation during Orientation. You must also advise us of any documented disabilities or language issues (e.g., ESL) for which you plan to request academic accommodations throughout the 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 an Academic Accommodations Form and/or English as a Second Language Form, which can be found on WebAdvisor (Printing/Completion section) or 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 no later than Monday, Aug. 11.

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 fill out the Seating Accommodation Form on WebAdvisor no later than Monday, Aug. 11. Seating assignments for the first day of classes will be available on WebAdvisor on Friday, Aug. 15.

First-Year Fall Semester Faculty

Pamela Armstrong '86, Lawyering Professor

Ira Mark Bloom, Justice David Josiah Brewer Distinguished Professor of Law

Ray Brescia, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Government Law Center

Christine Chung, Associate Professor of Law and Co-director of the Institute for Financial Market Regulation

Stephen Clark, Professor of Law

Peter Halewood, Professor of Law

Robert Heverly '92, Associate Professor of Law

Dorothy Hill, Lawyering Professor

Keith Hirokawa, Professor of Law

Timothy Lytton, Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law

Deborah Mann '79, Lawyering Professor

Connie Mayer, Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law; Clinical Professor of Law

Dale Moore, Professor of Law

David Pratt, Professor of Law

Rosemary Queenan, Lawyering Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs

James Redwood, Professor of Law

Gerald Rock '97, Associate Lawyering Professor

Alex Seita, Professor of Law

Jenean Taranto, Lawyering Professor

Donna Young, Professor of Law


Penelope (Penny) Andrews, President & Dean

Alicia Ouellette '94 , Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Intellectual Life and Professor of Law

Rosemary Queenan, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Lawyering Professor

Nadia Castriota, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions

Sandra Mans, Assistant Dean, Career Center

Joann Fitzsimmons, Assistant Dean and Registrar

James Kellerhouse, Assistant Dean for Insitutional Advancement

Students are sworn in by a judge on the third day of Orientation

WebAdvisor, Portal, Parking


Albany Law School Portal

Parking: For the school year, you will need a parking permit, which you may apply for via WebAdvisor. Permits will be issued beginning Monday, Aug. 4. After completing the Permit Application on WebAdvisor, please stop by the Business Office Suite on the second floor of the 2000 building to pay for your permit. A receipt will be provided allowing you to pick up your hang tag from Administrative Services in Room C119 in the 1928 building. 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.

Housing Resources

Professional Legal Organizations