Public Interest Law
Albany Law School has a longstanding and deep commitment to preparing and supporting students who wish to practice public interest law. The tradition was recently recognized and celebrated in 2014 when Albany Law was named one of the top ten law schools in the country for the practice of public interest law. Students dedicated to serving the public interest – along with all Albany Law students – are introduced from day one to the challenges facing those without access to legal services, and the responsibility of the profession to meet those needs.
Albany Law leverages its location in the seat of one the nation’s most vibrant state capitals—and home to numerous social justice and community organizations— to give its students unparalleled opportunities to engage in deep experiential learning with these public interest institutions.
The Public Interest Pathway starts at Orientation where new students can participate in special sessions introducing them to the Pathway and where they can meet faculty, peer, and alumni mentors.
Students following the Public Interest Law Pathway are not required to choose a concentration, but the following concentrations align with this Pathway. Students can elect to concentrate in one of these areas or use the concentrations as a guideline for course selection in the areas in which they have an interest:
Law & Social Innovation: Creative Problem-Solving
Government (See Government and Public Service Pathway)
Children and Family Rights
Labor and Employment
Relevant dual degrees are currently in place with the following local partners:
- J.D./M.P.A. with the University at Albany
- Cross-registration of up to 12 credits through our partner institutions (University at Albany and RPI)
Career Opportunities and Placement
Career Planning provides professional development opportunities specific to each pathway. Students work with alumni mentors to network and explore career opportunities in the area of public interest law.
Where do our Alumni go?
- African Services Committee
- Albany County
- City of Albany
- Disability Rights New York, Inc.
- Federal Public Defender
- Healthcare Association of New York State
- Her Justice, Inc.
- Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY
- National Labor Relations Board
- New York State Education Department
- NYS Department of State
- Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
- State of New York Attorney General's Office
- The Legal Project, Inc.