B.A., Glassboro State College
J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

Associate Professor of Law Jaya L. Connors is the Director of Albany Law School’s Field Placement Program. She is the former Director of the Family Violence Litigation Clinic, a course in which second and third year students provide legal representation to survivors of intimate partner violence in Family Court proceedings.   Prior to this position, she was the Deputy Director of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children, where she assisted in the administration of the Attorney for Child Program and provided ongoing legal education to over 500 attorneys for children in the Third Judicial Department.  Connors began her career as a Legal Services Attorney, where she provided legal assistance to parenting, pregnant and “at risk” minors.  Thereafter, she was a Clinical Instructor at Albany Law School’s Domestic Violence Clinic, where she worked on cases and supervised students who represented incarcerated survivors of domestic violence in clemency, parole and  post-judgment motions.  Connors is a former Legal Director of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association’s The Legal Project.   She is a 1985 recipient of the Reginal Heber Smith Fellowship Award.


In the News

Director of Field Placement Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law Jaya Connors was quoted in the EINNews.com story, “Governor Cuomo Announces Membership of Blue Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations,” on June 11, 2021.

​Visiting Assistant Professor Jaya Connors was quoted in the Saratoga Living article, "What It's Like Being A Domestic Violence Lawyer In The Capital Region During The COVID-19 Crisis," on April 19, 2020.

​Assistant Professor Jaya Connors was mentioned in the Albany Times Union article, "Guilderland announces police reform committee," on August 20. 2020.

Jaya Connors

Jaya Connors

Associate Professor