Albany Law School of Union University

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Founded 1851 | ABA Accredited 1930

Established in 1851, Albany Law School is America’s oldest private institution of legal education. The school’s founders, a trio of successful civic-minded lawyers, felt that a legal clerkship -- the standard bar preparation of the day -- did not adequately impart the skills and knowledge necessary for effective lawyering. To address this gap, they devised and implemented what was to become the pedagogy for the modern legal education in the United States -- a structured curriculum focused on substantive law combined with practical application of legal skills in a real-world setting. In 1873, Albany Law joined with Albany Medical College and Union College to form Union University. Albany College of Pharmacy, Dudley Observatory and the Graduate College of Union University are affiliates as well.

Albany Law is proud to carry its tradition of thorough preparation and applied experience into the 21st century. As the only law school in New York State’s capital, Albany Law offers unrivaled access to a wide range of career paths within the state government. The State Legislature, a number of federal courts and many private law firms provide ample training opportunities for future lawyers.


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