Albany Law School

Albany Law School

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Application Deadline: 
12/31, 8/1
Application Fee: 


Albany Law School is the oldest independent law school in the nation, having been founded in 1851. While it's affiliated with the University of Albany, it remains a financially independent entity. The affiliation agreement, which was deepened in 2015, was done to strengthen both institutions. The law school has expanded resources, course offerings and funding initiatives thanks to the partnership.

The school offers many opportunities for students to broaden their legal education beyond the campus. Albany is home to New York’s many courts and, of course, the state legislature, which the school notes is “a laboratory for the study of law.”

“There are more opportunities for hands-on learning than we have students,” said President and Dean Alicia Ouellette. “The assembly, the senate, the federal court, the state’s highest court and a vibrant private sector all provide internships, summer positions and full-time employment.”

As the only law school within 90 miles of the capital, students have more than 120 internships to choose from in any area of the law, including an opportunity to immerse themselves in judicial, governmental and public interest offices for an intense semester-long placement experience. For the Class of 2016, the Ultimate Bar Passage rate was 92.76 percent.

The school has seen steady enrollment growth over the past four years, increasing from 403 to 465. It's has has enjoyed a vibrant fundraising spree, which included a $15 million gift in 2018 from an anonymous donor. It was the largest in school history. 

This article was updated in April, 2019.

Admission Profile
Admission Profile Table: 
75th Percentile1573.70
25th Percentile1513.14
Financial Profile
Financial Profile Table: 
Tuition Part-time$35,634$35,634
Living Expenses
Median grant$31000
Percent receiving grants93.00%
Estimated net tuition[field_estimated_net_tuition]
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Employment & Bar Profile Table: 
Post-grad employment 87.10%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage72.03%
Academic Profile
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy
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New York