Albany Law School

Albany Law School

Albany Law School, which was founded in 1851 by Robert H. Pruyn, is the oldest independent law institution in the United States. This school, together with other associated institutions, forms the Union University. Located in Albany, New York, Albany Law School confers the Master of Science degree in legal studies, the Master of Law and Letters degree, and the Juris Doctor degree. Joint degree programs are also available. Courses are offered in business administration, regional planning, and social work, among others.

Students of Albany Law School are members of various clubs and organizations like the Albany Law Philosophic Society, Albany Law School Civil Liberties Union, and Albany Law School Students for Reproductive Justice. Among the notable alumni of the institute are William McKinley, 25th President of the United Sates; David Josiah Brewer, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; Lawrence H. Cooke, former Chief Judge of New York State; Kate Stoneman, first woman admitted to New York State Bar; and Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, former Governor of Iowa.

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Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany , NY 12208
General Phone: (518) 445-2311

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Albany Law Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Law224law, foreign lawyers, US law

Number of programs and degrees for Albany Law in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Doctor's degree - professional practice2121
Master's degree122

Albany Law Student Body

In 2007-2008, Albany Law had a total enrollment of 710 students (869 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Graduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
20-21 1%
22-24 47%
25-29 35%
30-34 8%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Albany Law Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Albany, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Albany Law Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount

Financial Aid:
Albany Law participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 288600)

Albany Law Faculty

Albany Law has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year20$140,89518$121,690
Associate professoracademic year1*3$103,547
Assistant professoracademic year2*8$76,901
All faculty totalacademic year23$135,30029$107,458

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Albany Law Degree Programs (2007)

American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

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