About this course
The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first professional law degree awarded to a student who has successfully completed the study of law. Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a J.D. degree.
The oldest independent law school in North America, Albany Law has been educating students and producing superb lawyers for more than 160 years. As the only law school within 100 miles of the capital of New York State, Albany Law offers students access to the state and federal courts, the legislature, state agencies and a strong private sector. Here you will find an intellectually rigorous curriculum in a highly supportive environment; a close-knit community of dedicated students; and accessible faculty.
Albany Law is home to an extensive clinical program and dynamic law centers that serve the community and provide you with opportunities to engage in meaningful law practice.
Though we emphasize the value of a broad-based education, Albany Law School offers concentrations for students wishing to focus their fields of study on particular areas of interest.
Concentrations are optional courses of study, somewhat like undergraduate majors. However, unlike the typical undergraduate major, a student does not have to select a concentration. Students who fulfill the requirements for a J.D. will receive that degree regardless of whether they choose a concentration. Students who successfully earn a concentration will receive notations on their transcripts to that effect, and are entitled to represent on their resumes that they earned the J.D with a concentration in the chosen field.
Concentrations are desirable for some, but not all students. Students who have or develop a strong interest in practicing in a particular field may benefit from electing to concentrate. Students who are less certain, who want to take as broad a curriculum as possible, or who have a strong interest not matched by any concentration, may not want to concentrate.
- Applicants for admission as candidates for the Juris Doctor degree must hold, or have completed the requirements for, a baccalaureate or higher degree granted by a regionally accredited institution, containing at least 45 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences.
- Applicants without a baccalaureate degree are admitted only with exceptional academic credentials. In such a case, the applicant must have successfully completed three-fourths of the coursework toward a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution.
- International students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S.