Albany Law School Announces That It Will Not Raise Tuition Next Year

Feb 25, 2009, 09:48 ET from Albany Law School

Institution Will Increase Scholarship Money Awarded to Students

ALBANY, N.Y., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Albany Law School today announced that it will not increase tuition for the 2009-2010 school year. Recognizing the significant financial stress that students and prospective students are under, the Board of Trustees accepted the Administration's recommendation that tuition not be increased next year.

"We are pleased that our current and incoming students will not face any tuition increases next year," said President and Dean Thomas F. Guernsey. "Costs, however, continue to rise due to inflationary pressures -- from library acquisitions to health care to routine building maintenance -- so we need to be diligent in our cost savings moving forward."

Guernsey continued: "Staff members of the law school are working to identify areas where we can reduce spending to offset these inflationary pressures without undercutting academic programming."

A survey of other law schools shows sharp tuition increases, from three percent to as much as 15 percent, as well as double-digit budget cuts and the possibility of faculty salary cuts at some law schools.

"We think this is the time, more than ever, to support students," said Guernsey. To that end, he plans to increase the scholarship money awarded next year, up from $4.3 million this year.

"The affordable cost of living in the Capital Region, coupled with the fantastic education and job opportunities that Albany Law School offers, makes our school a great value," said Lauren L. Hunt, president of the Student Bar Association.

Albany Law School's tuition is currently $38,900, the third-to-lowest tuition rate of the 13 private law schools in New York state.

ALBANY LAW SCHOOL is a small, independent private school in the heart of New York state's capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs -- including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center -- provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students have access to New York's highest court, federal courts and the state legislature, as well as a thriving technology-based economy. With more than 9,000 alumni practicing in every state in the country, as well as several continents, the employment rate for graduates has been well above the national average for law schools for the past 26 years. Visit

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