The Sandman Fellowship

The Edgar ’46 & Margaret Sandman Fellowship in Aging and Health Law & Policy is the most prestigious fellowship awarded to an Albany Law School student. The Fellowship offers a generous stipend to one or two upper-level Albany Law School students to research cutting-edge issues in aging or health law and policy.

Established in 1992 by Morris Silverman ’36 to honor Edgar Sandman ’46, the Sandman Fellows have produced nearly 20 years of in-depth legal research and analysis that is published and disseminated to lawmakers and policymakers nationwide.

Sandman studies have:

  • Received media attention, including from The New York Times and NPR
  • Been studied by state-level task forces and agencies across the country
  • Been cited by court opinions and by legal literature
  • Launched successful careers of the fellows
  • Sparked changes in aging law and policy

With the generous support of the Sandman Family, the children of Edgar and Margaret, as well as previous fellows, the program continues to offer a unique opportunity for Albany Law School students and reinforces the Government Law Center's reputation as a leading national law and policy think tank linking government and academia and providing diverse services to government leaders and public officials, students and the community.

Over the years, the Fellowship has been supported by community partners such as the Albany Guardian Society, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Office of Children and Family Services.


To be eligible for designation as a Fellow, an applicant must be a full-time second-year student with a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 with an interest in law and government. (If an applicant is enrolled in the four-year program, he or she may elect to apply in either the second or third year, but not both.)

The Fellowship offers full-time employment at the Government Law Center (Monday through Friday) during the summer of 2017. The Fellowship also offers the opportunity to participate in an independent study during the Fall 2017 semester for two (2) credits.

The Fellowship Program focuses on the area of Aging and Health Law and Policy. The Fellow will conduct interdisciplinary research with an emphasis on the relevant law, draft reports, and may assist with the development of an aging/health law symposium. The Fellow may also work with the Government Law Center to develop proposals for additional research and study in the aging and health law and policy arena. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the legal staff of the Government Law Center, and interested faculty at Albany Law School (faculty from area academic institutions may also participate).


The Fellow will have an opportunity to spend the summer studying the interaction of the law with public policy, and will:

  • develop and refine policy analysis skills;
  • learn about the legal aspects of policy reform;
  • obtain a firsthand introduction to public service;
  • get a "hands on" education about legislative and administrative processes;
  • gain access to a network of public, private and non-profit sector policymakers in the aging/health care arena.

Fellows will receive a competitive cash stipend payable in bi-weekly installments during the summer.

Selection Process

The Edgar & Margaret Sandman Fellowship Program competition is based upon merit and commitment to public service. A demonstrated interest in aging/health law and policy issues is helpful but not required. Financial need will not be a factor in the selection process.

A completed application must be submitted via AlbanyLawLink.

Applicants will be selected for initial interviews in mid-May 2017. At the completion of the initial interviews, some applicants may be invited to a second interview. The awarding of the Fellowship for any year is within the discretion of the Government Law Center. The Fellows chosen will be notified of their acceptance no later than June.

Failure to satisfy the Fellowship requirements will result in forfeiture of the Fellowship benefits and termination of the Fellowship appointment.

Applicants must submit one copy of their application, including all required attachments.
A completed application must include:

  1. attached application form.
  2. current resume.
  3. Albany Law School transcript (unofficial with most currently available grades).
  4. writing sample as required by the application.