Albany Law School
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|Albany Law School|
|Academic staff||50 full-time, 41 part-time|
|Location||Albany, New York, USA|
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. One of the original members of the court, Greene C. Bronson, helped to found the law school. 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. 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.
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
Albany Law School offers 14 concentrations for J.D. candidates, as well as an L.L.M program, 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. The School also offers a Master of Science with a Tech Transfer Concentration.
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 providing students with hands-on legal experience. 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 620,000 volumes and equivalents, including videotapes of oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals dating back to 1989.
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. Currently, the school publishes three journals, which are listed in order of their founding and combined national ranking:
Full Time Faculty:
- Penelope Andrews, First permanent female Dean and President of Albany Law School
- Ira Mark Bloom, Trusts, Estates, and Property Expert
- Vincent Martin Bonventre, Judicial and Constitutional Law Expert and Commentator
- Raymond Brescia, Public Interest Law Expert and Commentator
- Patrick Connors, New York Practice and Legal Ethics Expert
- Paul Finkelman, Historian
- Alicia Ouellette, Bioethics Expert
- Mae D'Agostino, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York
- Lawrence E. Kahn, Senior United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York
- Eleanor Stein, Administrative Law Judge, former member of Weather Underground and Students for a Democratic Society
- Matthew Tully, Columnist
- Learned Hand, United States Judge and Legal Philosopher
- David D. Siegel, prolific and influential commentator on New York Civil Practice
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, also both attended Albany Law School.
Employment statistics lawsuit
On February 1, 2012, Albany Law School was named as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit alleging fraudulent misrepresentation of its published employment statistics relating to past graduates. The plaintiffs’ counsel have filed similar lawsuits against 20 other schools and have pledged to sue 20 law schools every few months. The case was dismissed in January 2013.
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