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Albany Law School
Established 1851
Type Private
Dean Thomas F. Guernsey
Faculty 54
Students 738
Location Albany, New York, USA
Campus Urban

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.

Notable alumni

William McKinley, 25th President of the United States.


  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ McDonald, Edward D.; Edward M. Hinton (1942). Drexel Institute of Technology 1891 - 1941. Haddon Craftsmen, Inc.. p. 32. ISBN 1406763748. 
  3. ^ Joshua S. Salmon biography, United States Congress. Accessed August 11, 2007.

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