Albany Law School has a longstanding and deep commitment to preparing and supporting students who wish to practice public interest law. The tradition was recently recognized and celebrated in 2014 when Albany Law was named one of the top ten law schools in the country for the practice of public interest law. Students dedicated to serving the public interest – along with all Albany Law students – are introduced from day one to the challenges facing those without access to legal services, and the responsibility of the profession to meet those needs.
Albany Law leverages its location in the seat of one the nation’s most vibrant state capitals—and home to numerous social justice and community organizations— to give its students unparalleled opportunities to engage in deep experiential learning with these public interest institutions.
The Public Interest Pathway starts at Orientation where new students can participate in special sessions introducing them to the Pathway and where they can meet faculty, peer, and alumni mentors.