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A joint initiative of Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center Field Placement Clinic and the Government Law Center
The Semester in Government Program is a unique opportunity for Albany Law School students to spend one full semester working under the supervision of a government lawyer-mentor.
Students wishing to experience government lawyering in a "real-life" learning laboratory will work side-by-side with lawmakers, policymakers, and decision makers on a wide range of government law and public policy issues. Whether assignments include preparation for legislative or administrative hearings, research in the State Library, administrative hearings before a federal agency, drafting of legislation and/or rule making, or preparation for litigation in defense of the government, students will benefit from an appreciation of the varied skills required to be an effective public lawyer.
Students will also explore overarching topics and issues in government practice, law, and public policy in the classroom through presentations from government attorneys, out-of-class observations, in-class assignments and exercises, and reflective journaling.
All second-year and third-year law students who meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement (2.5) for participation in the program as outlined in the Student Handbook are eligible to apply for this unique experience. Students must understand, however, that participation in this program requires a daily physical presence in Washington, D.C.
Students are required to spend 30 hours per week working in the office of their host government agency; enroll in the Albany Law School Government Ethics course; and maintain a reflective learning journal. Students are also required to complete any program-related paperwork and participate in any program-related meetings. An Albany Law School Faculty Liaison will be assigned to oversee the placement experience and the completion of program requirements.
The Semester in Government—D.C. program carries a total of 12 academic credits. Nine of these credits are earned through the completion of all field placement component requirements. The remaining three credits are earned through enrollment and participation in the Albany Law Government Ethics course. This course will be taught at Albany Law School. Students will participate through an arrangement with a local D.C. university to telecommute into the course.
A number of federal agencies and the District of Columbia have hosted Albany Law students as part of this program. Possible placements include, but are not limited to:
A number of State agencies and legislative offices have participated in this program. Possible placements include, but are not limited to:
Internship opportunities are also available in NYC, Boston, Texas, and any other location of your choice.
Informational MeetingStudents interested in this program are urged to contact Professor Heverly to set up an appointment to obtain more information about the program and placement opportunities. Contact should be made as early as possible in the fall since many of the potential placements require application in the fall semester for positions available in the spring.
Placement Office PreferencesStudents are encouraged to visit any one of the links above or to visit the New York State website at:
www.state.ny.us for a listing of agencies and legislative offices.
ApplicationStudents planning to participate in the program must fill out a placement application, indicating their first and second choices for placement offices and attaching a current resume and transcript (in hard copy and electronic form). The placement process will be commenced upon receipt of the application materials
and confirmation that the student has met the minimum GPA requirement for enrollment in the program.
Clinic Placement Card
If a student is accepted at a placement office, a copy of the student's application materials will be forwarded by the Government Law Center to Barbara Chandler, the Administrative Assistant/Paralegal for the Clinic's Field Placement Project, confirming that the student will be participating in the program. Students will then be instructed to contact Ms. Chandler so that they may sign a placement confirmation card. Ms. Chandler will process the card and forward it to the Registrar's Office.
RegistrationUpon receipt of the confirmation card, the Registrar's Office will add the course to the student's spring semester schedule. While registration for the program will be handled, in large part, by the Clinic and Registrar Offices, students are responsible for registering for the Government Ethics course.
Students interested in the program are encouraged to speak with the Admissions Office regarding potential changes in financial needs based upon the cost-of-living in Washington, D.C. The Admissions Office may also be able to direct you to website listings and other services that provide information on apartment rentals. Government lawyer-mentors and students who have participated in the program may also be helpful.
Professor Nancy MaurerCo-Director of Albany Law Clinic & Justice CenterDirector, Field Placement ClinicAlbany Law Clinic & Justice CenterTelephone: 518-445-2328Email:
Barbara ChandlerAdministrative Assistant/ParalegalClinical Legal StudiesTelephone: 518-445-2328E-mail:
Joann FitzsimmonsAssistant Dean and RegistrarTelephone: 518-445-2330E-mail:
Andrea WedlerDirector of Financial AidTelephone: 518-472-5889E-mail: