Albany Law School

General Info

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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. Albany Law is the only law school located within New York's Capital Region. 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.

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Albany Law School Admissions

Albany Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 62% of its applicants. Comparatively, Albany is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2026 984 607 (61.69%) 126 (12.8%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.98 3.23 3.54
LSAT 149 151 154

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $43,398 $43,398
Part Time $32,586 $32,586

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $15,932
  • Living at home: $9,482

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 06/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Albany Law School Community

Albany Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Albany is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 28
  • Part Time: 23

Faculty

  • # Female Faculty: 23
  • # Minority Faculty: 5

Ratio

14.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Albany Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Albany Law School 1L section size is 114% smaller than law schools in New York and 70% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Albany Law School: 86
New York Average: 184
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 456
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 114

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 171
  • Law Journals: 127
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 5.0%
  • Second Year: 3.9%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Albany Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Albany Law School class of 2021 had an employment rate of 84% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2021, 91.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 42.0%
  • Business: 21.0%
  • Government: 24.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • New York: 86%
  • Colorado: 2%
  • Pennsylvania: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 91.9%
  • First Time Takers: 209
  • Average School: 74.5%
  • Average State: 78.6%
  • Pass Difference: -4.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 143 of 192 (74.5%)
  • State Average: 78.6%
  • Difference: -4.1%