Albany Law School welcomes applicants with a strong record of academic success, life experiences that show a capacity to successfully handle challenges, and a high level of motivation to study law.
Because a large part of the Albany Law educational experience comes through interaction among students, each year we enroll a class of qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to add to our diverse campus community.
Applicants for admission as candidates for the Juris Doctor degree must hold, or have completed the requirements for, a baccalaureate or higher degree granted by a regionally accredited institution, containing at least 45 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences. Applicants without a baccalaureate degree are admitted only with exceptional academic credentials. In such a case, the applicant must have successfully completed three-fourths of the coursework toward a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution. International students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. You can download the
Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) [PDF].
Merely meeting the minimal requirements does not, however, guarantee admission. Because Albany Law receives many more applications from persons adequately equipped for the study of law than can be accepted, the Albany Law School Admissions Committee selects those it determines can most benefit from and contribute to the academic program.
Conditional Admission Program for International Students: J.D. Program
Albany Law School offers a conditional admission option for international students who meet all admission requirements except the minimum English language requirement for regular admission to the law school. Students admitted under this program will be required to apply and be accepted into the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offered by the University at Albany. Students must complete both an Albany Law School Application and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) application. Students must be accepted by the IELP program and then will be conditionally admitted to the Albany Law School program. Application fees for acceptance to the Albany Law School application shall be paid directly to the law school. A fee for the IELP application must be submitted directly to the University at Albany. Conditionally admitted students will be issued an I-20 by UAlbany for the language program. Upon successful completion of IELP, students will be able to matriculate as full-time law students at Albany Law School and the SEVIS record will be transferred and the Law School will issue an I-20 for the law program. For more information about the Intensive English Language Program, go to
Students currently enrolled in an accredited law school may apply for admission with advanced standing. The number of transfer applicants that we accept depends on the number of spots available in the second-year class. For more information, please visit our
transfer admissions page.
The Admissions Office staff is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-445-2326.