Albany Law School Ranked Among Top 20 Schools for Public Interest Law by preLaw Magazine

Nov 11, 2008, 08:31 ET from Albany Law School

Publication also recognizes international law and employment law programs

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Albany Law School was ranked 18th nationally in a list of the top 75 schools for public interest law, as well as among the top schools for international law and labor and employment law, in the fall 2008 issue of preLaw magazine.

The public interest law ranking was based on three equally-weighted categories: student involvement, including how many recent graduates entered the public interest field; curriculum, including the strength of clinical programs; and financial factors.

A key component of Albany Law School's ranking is its award-winning Clinic & Justice Center, which operates as an in-house public interest law firm providing free legal services to eligible clients. Each year, the clinic recruits more than 250 students for clinic projects, represents more than 600 clients, assists more than 1,500 individuals and organizations, and offers more than 40 community education programs.

"Being ranked alongside the nation's most prestigious law schools is truly a testament to the commitment of our faculty and students in the field of public interest law," said Connie Mayer, Albany Law School's acting dean.

preLaw magazine also included Albany Law School among the nation's top 14 institutions for labor and employment law and the top 47 for international law. The publication is distributed to 60,000 students, professors and administrators at more than 300 colleges and universities.

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 tech-based economy. With 9,000-plus alumni practicing in every state in the country, and several continents, the employment rate for graduates has been well above the national average for law schools for the past 26 years.


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SOURCE Albany Law School