Albany Law School

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Albany Law School
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Established 1851
Type Private
Academic staff 45 full-time, 41 part-time
Students 591
Location Albany, New York, USA
Campus Urban
Website www.albanylaw.edu

Albany Law School is an ABA accredited law school based in Albany, New York.

According to Albany Law School's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 60.2% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[1]

History[edit]

Albany Law School is the oldest independent law school in the United States. It was founded in 1851 by Amos Dean (its dean until 1868), Amasa J. Parker, Ira Harris, and others.[2]

Beginning in 1878, the Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Dudley Observatory, Graduate College of Union University, and Union College created the loose association today known as Union University. Each member institution has its own governing board, is fiscally independent, and is responsible for its own programs. See also: Union College's description of Union University.

Albany Law School has a historically close relationship with the New York State Court of Appeals.[3] One of the original members of the court, Greene C. Bronson, helped to found the law school.[4][5] Since that time, Albany Law School alumni have been members of the court seven times with two serving as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.[6] In addition, the school hosts the Fund for Modern Courts' Hugh R. Jones Memorial Lecture, which is typically given by a current or former member of the court.

The law school inducted its first permanent female President & Dean, Penelope Andrews, on July 1, 2012.

Location[edit]

Albany Law is the only law school located within New York's Capital District. It is within three miles of the New York State Legislature, New York Court of Appeals, The Appellate Division 3rd Department, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York, the New York State Bar Association, several state agencies, and a number of private law firms.

Programs and centers[edit]

Albany Law School offers 14 concentrations for J.D. candidates,[7] as well as an L.L.M program,[8] and joint J.D./M.B.A, J.D./M.P.A., J.D./M.R.P., J.D./M.S., and J.D./M.S.W. programs.[9]

Albany Law School is home to several centers of legal study: The Government Law Center, The Center for Excellence in Law Teaching, The Institute of Legal Studies, The Institute for Financial Market Regulation, and The Center for Judicial Process.

In addition, under the auspices of its Law Clinic and Justice Center, Albany Law School operates several public interest clinics. Some of the clinics available include the Health Law, Introduction to Litigation, Low Income Taxpayer, Civil Rights and Disabilities Law, Domestic Violence Prosecution, and Family Violence Litigation.

Albany Law School's Schaffer Law Library holds a collection of more than 730,000 volumes and equivalents,[10] including videotapes of oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals dating back to 1989.

Law journals[edit]

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In 1875, Albany Law published the nation's first student-edited legal periodical, the Albany Law School Journal, which existed for only one academic year before being discontinued.[11] Currently, the school publishes three journals, which are listed in order of their founding and combined national ranking:

Notable faculty[edit]

Full Time Faculty:

Adjunct Faculty:

Former Faculty:

Notable alumni[edit]

Albany Law School has numerous notable alumni. It is one of only twelve law schools in the United States to have graduated two or more justices of the United States Supreme Court: Robert H. Jackson and David Josiah Brewer. Seven judges of the New York State Court of Appeals, United States President William McKinley, current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and over a dozen members of the United States Congress can also call Albany Law School their alma mater. The first woman admitted to the New York State Bar, Kate Stoneman, and the first African American man to graduate from law school in New York State, James Campbell Matthews,[13] also both attended Albany Law School.

Controversy[edit]

Albany Law School was one of more than a dozen law schools sued by their alumni in 2011 and 2012.[14] On February 1, 2012, it was named as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit alleging fraudulent misrepresentation of its published employment statistics relating to past graduates. The case was dismissed in January 2013.[15]

Employment[edit]

According to Albany Law School's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 60.2% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[16] Albany Law School's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 23%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[17]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates [18]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
66.33%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
12.24%
Employed - Professional Position
  
1.02%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
3.06%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
2.04%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.51%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
5.1%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
6.63%
Employment Status Unknown
  
3.06%
Total of 196 Graduates

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Albany Law School for the 2014-2015 academic year is $59,728.[19] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $234,466.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report to the ABA". 
  2. ^ Elizabeth K. Allen; Diana S. Waite (2000). Albany Law School 1851–2001: A Tradition of change. Albany Law School. pp. 3, 14–16. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Lippman, The New York Court of Appeals, Albany Law School, and The Albany Law Review: Institutions Dedicated to the Evolution of the Law in New York State, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 9, 10 (2011/2012)
  4. ^ Kevin T. Bezio, Greene C. Bronson, in The Judges of the New York Court of Appeals: A Biographical History 11–15 (Albert M. Rosenblatt ed. 2007)
  5. ^ Elizabeth K. Allen; Diana S. Waite (2000). Albany Law School 1851–2001: A Tradition of change. Albany Law School. p. 3. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Lippman, The New York Court of Appeals, Albany Law School, and The Albany Law Review: Institutions Dedicated to the Evolution of the Law in New York State, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 9, 10 (2011/2012)
  7. ^ "Concentrations". Albany Law School. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Master of Laws". Albany Law School. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Joint Degree Programs". Albany Law School. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Schaffer Law Library". Albany Law School. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Lippman, The New York Court of Appeals, Albany Law School, and The Albany Law Review: Institutions Dedicated to the Evolution of the Law in New York State, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 9, 10 (2011/2012); Spencer M. Ritchie, The Journal's Journey: a History of the Mississippi Law Journal, 81 Miss. L. J. 1527, 1528 n.7 (2012); Whit Pierce & Anne Reuben, The Law Review is Dead; Long Live the Law Review: A Closer Look at the Declining Judicial Citation of Legal Scholarship, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1185, 1188 n.17 (2010); Michael Closen & Robert Dzielak, The History and Influence of the Law Review Institution, 30 Akron L. Rev. 15, 34 (1996); Michael Swygert & Jon Bruce, The Historical Origins, Founding, and Early Development of Student-Edited Law Reviews, 36 Hastings L. J. 739, 764 (1986).
  12. ^ Gunther, Gerald (1994), Learned Hand: The Man and the Judge 61, New York: Knopf, ISBN 978-0-394-58807-0.
  13. ^ Smith, Jr.,, J. Clay (1999). Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer 1841–1914. p. 421. 
  14. ^ Neil, Martha (2/1/2012). "12 More Law Schools Sued Over Reporting of Law Grad Employment and Salary Stats". National Law Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Wiessner, Daniel (1/4/2013). "Judge dismisses employment data suit against Albany Law School". Reuters. 
  16. ^ "Report to the ABA". 
  17. ^ "Albany Law School Profile". 
  18. ^ "ABA School Employment Summary Reports". 
  19. ^ "Cost of Attendance". 
  20. ^ "Albany Law School Profile". 

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