CLN-City Semester

Academic Year

The City Semester Program allows students to earn a significant portion of a semester's academic credit for working part-time at an approved legal placement. Most students work in government and non-profit settings, engaging in legal representation and assistance to the public. In limited circumstances, students can work in a private law firm, and other private law settings. The most important requirement is that there needs to be an experienced attorney who will supervise the student on a day-to-day basis. The placement must be approved by the City Semester coordinator, but as long as the student is working in a government or non-profit setting, most placements will be approved. The supervisor at the placement needs to agree to accept the student to work at that placement-most placements are more than willing to host an Albany Law student. Generally, the placement lasts the entire length of a semester, or 14 weeks, and the student works between 15 and 18 hours per week over those 14 weeks. Most importantly, those placements can literally be anywhere in the world, as long as the site supervisor is a licensed attorney or an individual otherwise qualified to supervise the student; the student's field work is supplemented by additional courses taken through an online format.