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Albany Law School is an ABA accredited law school based in Albany, New York. Founded in 1851 by Robert H. Pruyn and others, Albany Law School is the oldest independent law school in the United States.
In 1875, Albany Law published the nation's first student edited law-review, the Albany Law School Journal. Currently, the school publishes four journals: Albany Law Review, Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology, and Albany Government Law Review.
Albany Law is the only law school located within New York's Capital District. This gives Albany Law students extensive access to internships and job opportunities. The State Legislature, New York Court of Appeals, The Appellate Division 3rd Department, countless state agencies, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and a large number of private law firms call Albany home. In addition, 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, Domestic Violence, and Securities Arbitration.
Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Dudley Observatory, Graduate College of Union University, and Union College together form Union University, a historic linkage dating back to 1873. 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.
Because of that affiliation, Albany Law School is able to offer 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's Schaffer Law Library holds a collection of over 620,000 volumes and equivalents, including videotapes of oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals dating back to 1989.
For the July 2008 bar exam, 82% of the first-time bar exam takers from Albany Law School passed the bar. The graduate employment rate is 94%, and greater than the national average.
- John Mosher Bailey, politician.
- Marty Barrington, Senior VP and General Counsel, Phillip Morris International
- Jessica Bird, author
- David Josiah Brewer, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
- Gregory B. Butler, Senior, VP and General Counsel, Northeast Utilities
- Kevin Cahill, politician
- Joseph L. Carrigg, politician
- John B. Cassoday, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
- W. Sterling Cole, politician
- Edwin H. Conger, politician and diplomat
- Russell Conwell, lawyer and writer, founder and first President of Temple University
- Lawrence H. Cooke, former Chief Judge of New York State
- Barry M. Costello, Navy admiral
- Andrew Cuomo, New York State Attorney General.
- Richard J. Daronco, judge
- Mary Donohue, former Lieutenant Governor of New York State
- Richard K. Eaton, Judge, U.S. Court of International Trade
- Frank Fernandez, former executive VP, Secretary and General Counsel, The Home Depot Inc.
- Michael J. Garcia, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
- Henry R. Gibson, politician
- Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
- Kristine Hamann, New York State Inspector General
- Robert H. Jackson, former U.S. Attorney General, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.
- Megyn Kelly, news anchor, Fox News Channel.
- Carleton J. King, politician
- William Paine Lord, 9th Governor of Oregon
- Moses A. Luce, lawyer, Medal of Honor recipient
- James A. MacAlister, former president of Drexel University
- David O'Brien Martin, politician
- Robert C. McEwen, politician
- Michael Neppl, lawyer, politician
- William McKinley, 25th President of the United States
- William E. Miller, politician
- Edwin Sylvanus Osborne, politician and soldier
- Richard Parsons, Chairman & former CEO of Time Warner
- Frederick Walker Pitkin, 2nd Governor of Colorado
- Jeanine Pirro, politician, former Westchester County District Attorney
- John Raines, politician*Jason Reigert, politician,actor
- Joshua S. Salmon (1846-1902), represented the 4th congressional district from 1902 to 1903.
- J. Ward Russell (August 26, 1876 - February 9, 1967) was a Judge, two term Mayor of Glens Falls, NY, Attorney, and career civil servant
- Charles J. Siragusa, Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- Hiram Y. Smith, politician
- David Soares, Albany County District Attorney
- Kate Stoneman, first woman admitted to the New York State Bar
- Dean P. Taylor, politician
- Michele Titus, politician
- Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, former Governor of Iowa
- Mark Zaid, lawyer
- Aaron J. Smalls, lawyer, actor (Left/Right (released 2008))
- Fabio M. Gomez, in-house counsel AIG
- Ralph L. Puglielle, Jr., Board of Directors, Newburgh Community Improvement Corp.
- Jason W. Riegert Professional gay rights activist
- Justin T. Bailey in-house counsel Vivid
- John L. Sampson Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, New York Senator
- Amaro Cavalcanti, Brazilian born graduate, Class of 1881, was Justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil ( 1906-1914) and Justice of the International Court of Justice of Haya ( Netherlands ) - 1917-1922. Before that he was Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, former capital of Brazil, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil,Attorney General of Brazil, Minister of Justice of Brazil and one of the authors of de Brazilian Constitution of 1891 ( biography in www.stf.jus.br ).
- ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross. "Andrew Cuomo Joins Law Practice in New York", The New York Times, February 17, 2001. Accessed November 3, 2007. "Andrew Cuomo, 43, who received his law degree from Albany Law School in 1982, practiced law first as an assistant district attorney and then in private practice until 1988."
- ^ McDonald, Edward D.; Edward M. Hinton (1942). Drexel Institute of Technology 1891 - 1941. Haddon Craftsmen, Inc.. p. 32. ISBN 1406763748.
- ^ Joshua S. Salmon biography, United States Congress. Accessed August 11, 2007.