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Albany Law School of Union University

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first professional law degree awarded to a student who has successfully completed the study of law. Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a J.D. degree. The oldest independent law school in North America, Albany Law has been educating students and producing superb lawyers for more than 160 years. As the only law school within 100 miles of the capital of New York State, Albany Law offers students access to the state and federal courts, the legislature, state agencies and a strong private sector. Here you will find an intellectually rigorous curriculum in a highly supportive environment; a close-knit community of dedicated students; and accessible faculty.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 608
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.02 - 3.55
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 78.6%
Tuition $42,675

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About Albany Law School of Union University

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first professional law degree awarded to a student who has successfully completed the study of law. Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a J.D. degree. The oldest independent law school in North America, Albany Law has been educating students and producing superb lawyers for more than 160 years. As the only law school within 100 miles of the capital of New York State, Albany Law offers students access to the state and federal courts, the legislature, state agencies and a strong private sector. Here you will find an intellectually rigorous curriculum in a highly supportive environment; a close-knit community of dedicated students; and accessible faculty.

Reviews

At Albany Law School, the “research facilities and resources are endless, well staffed, and easily accessible.” Moreover, one of the greatest aspects of Albany Law is the “wealth of practical experience and internship opportunities.” Indeed, “there is no excuse for not having a summer internship, or an academic year internship… There is absolutely no shortage of court, government, and political exposure.” As one content student explains, “The connection to New York State government is fantastic and the biggest selling point of the school.” And while some students might head to Boston or New York City for internships, many brag that “You can’t beat the law-student thrill of being able to walk up to the highest court in New York, the Court of Appeals, and then walk down two blocks to find yourself at the federal Appellate courthouse.” Although students do have great access to internships, etc. a number still express dis­satisfaction at the need to “place a greater emphasis on practical application of the law.” One frustrated student reveals, “I will have finished a year of contracts without actually looking at a single contract. In a rough job market, the school could really stand to improve on producing great attorneys, instead of great law students. You would think the school would know how to do this by now, considering it's the oldest independent law school in the country.” A handful of students also complain that there’s “no way to complete a concentration because enough of the specialty courses aren't offered, and the ones that are almost always conflict with bar classes.” Thankfully, for the most part students are fond of their professors. “They are brilliant, work hard, and are easily accessible.” As one student happily shares, “There are some incredible, pedigreed professors at this school.” And many “are able to take their genius and make it relatable and teachable in the classroom.” Another student reveals, “I have had professors that inspire me to learn through their enjoyment of the field, and I’ve also had teachers that motivate me to learn through fear of being called on.” Unfortunately, compliments do not extend to the administration. As another student bemoans, “I attended a public undergraduate institution with 18,000 students that was far more responsive to student needs than the administration of this 750-student private law school. Instead of sending an email to or leaving a message with administrators, instead write down your issues or questions and then light the paper on fire—there is no differ­ence between the two.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 195

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 2

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD-3 yrs., JD/MBA-3.5 to 4 yrs., JD/MPA-3.5 to 4 yrs., JD/MSW - 3.5 to 4 yrs., JD/MRP - 3.5 to 4 years., JD/MPP - 3.5 to 4.0 yrs., LL.M. 1 to 3 yrs., LL.M. for International Law Graduates - 1 yr.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 76
Full-Time Faculty 40
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 29
Faculty Gender 55% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 52% Male
48% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 66%
Multi-racial 8%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 14%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,675 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $42,675 $42,675

Financial Aid

96% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$50,518 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $70

Incoming Class

Albany Law School of Union University's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 155
LSAT Total 149 - 155

Albany Law School of Union University's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.02 - 3.55
Total 3.02 - 3.55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 96%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 117
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 58 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 13 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 2%
Business Industry 40 21%
Government 25 13%
Public Interest 15 8%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 6 3%
Academia 4 2%
Unknown Employer Type 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 9 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 23 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 2%
PA 4%
NY 81%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Albany Law School of Union University include:

  • Victoria Graffeo - Assoc. Justice, New York State Court of Appeals
  • David Beier - VP of Global Government Affairs of Amgen
  • Andrew Cuomo - Governor of New York State
  • Richard D. Parsons - Former Chairman Citibank; former CEO AOL Time Warner
  • Thomas Vilsack - Secretary US Agriculture; former Governor of Iowa

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