Albany adds gaming concentration

Albany Law School hopes to capitalize on the nation’s growing fixation with gambling, and the subsequent need for attorneys in the field.

The school recently announced it will offer a concentration in equine, racing and gaming law — the only one of its kind in the nation — starting in September 2014.

“Throughout New York and beyond, there is currently and will be an unmet need for attorneys trained in the legal and regulatory infrastructure of the equine, racing and gaming industries,” said Penelope Andrews, president and dean of the stand-alone law school. “Currently, no U.S. law school offers a comprehensive program in law relating to these industries.”

With several casinos in development across New York state, the equine, racing and gaming industries has grown into a $225 billion industry.

The law school is offering the concentration through its Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law — a new institute within Albany Law School’s Government Law Center. The concentration will encompass expanded courses on equine law, racing regulations and gaming industry law, which will be added to a pre-existing business concentration that offers such courses as administrative, insurance, employment and tax law.  

“This extraordinary new program will prepare highly-qualified students for a burgeoning area of law,” said Ray Brescia, associate professor and director of the Government Law Center. “Specialized coursework will allow students to master complex regulatory law and administrative hearing concepts, while internships and field placements will provide hands-on opportunities for skills practice. Students graduating from the program will be poised to become industry leaders in the private sector and government agencies.”

Institute offerings will include educational conferences and continuing legal education events, seminars on commonly encountered legal issues, and a cyber lunch series for private and public attorneys to discuss similar legal issues.