Collaborative Academic Programs

Collaborative Academic Programs

The University at Albany and Albany Law School affiliation offer collaborative academic programs leading to both the Juris Doctor a traditional law degree and a master’s degree in several fields.

 

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3+3 Accelerated Law Program 

The University at Albany and the Albany Law School participate in a joint degree program combining the bachelor's degree and a law degree in a six-year program.

If accepted to the program, UAlbany students will begin law school study at Albany Law School after three years of undergraduate study at the University at Albany. Students complete their fourth year as a first-year student at Albany Law School and receive a bachelor's degree from the University at Albany after their first year of study at Albany Law School. 

Students in this program complete normal degree requirements at the University at Albany, including an undergraduate major.

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Application Process

Applicant Eligibility 

Applicants will be considered on the basis of superior academic records from school, including performance on the SAT examination and rank in their graduating class.

Only students who are or will be freshmen at the University at Albany are eligible to apply. Transfer students who have completed prior study at another institution would not be eligible to apply to this program.

The accelerated nature of the 3+3 law program enables students to complete 3 years of study at University at Albany after which they move directly into 3 years at Albany Law School. Students earning more than 30 credits in AP/IB and/or college courses in High School may not be a good fit for this program as the number of accelerated credits can make it difficult for students to complete their three-year course of study at University at Albany. If you are applying to the 3+3 accelerated law program with more than 30 credits earned, please contact Chris Gebhardt (chgebhardt@albany.edu) for further academic advisement regarding your eligibility for this program.

Students enrolled in the Honors College are not eligible as the cumulative honors credits and the sequential nature of Honor’s program is not compatible with the accelerated pathway.

Please note: Any student may apply to law school after the successful completion of their third year at University at Albany provided they have completed all degree requirements including the completion of 120 total credits.

 

Prior to the beginning of study at University at Albany 

 

At the end of the Freshman year at University at Albany

 

Selection 

  • Applicants will be considered on the basis of quantitative criteria and the applicant's essay. To be selected, an applicant must be acceptable to both the University at Albany selection committee and Albany Law School.
  • Applicants will be notified of the decision by the University at Albany approximately five weeks after the application deadline.
Program Requirements

To qualify for guaranteed admission into Albany Law School, those admitted to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • At the end of the freshman year, students must have earned a minimum of 30 graduation credits with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
  • At the end of the sophomore year, students must have earned a minimum of 60 graduation credits with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
  • At the end of the junior year, students must have earned a minimum of 90 graduation credits with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, must have satisfied all requirements for a major and minor, must have satisfied the general education requirements, and must achieve a one-time or average score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) that is no lower than the median LSAT score for the prior year's entering class at Albany Law School.

 

Cross-Registration

The Cross-Registration Agreement between the University at Albany and Albany Law School allows eligible seniors and graduate students the opportunity to take select courses at each other’s campus through the cross-registration process.

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University at Albany Cross-Registration at Albany Law School Instructions

Step 1: Print the cross-registration form.

Step 2: Read and follow the cross-registration form guidelines.

Step 3: Select a course from the list provided by Albany Law School.

Step 4: Secure home school (University at Albany) signatures to register for Albany Law School classes.

Step 5: Send the cross-registration form to the host school registrar’s office (Albany Law School).

Note: Cross-Registration is for Fall and Spring semesters only.


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Cross-Registration for each semester will be dependent upon the registration cycle. Dates will be available on the Fall and Spring Academic Calendars, and registration generally begins in March (for Fall) and October (for Spring).

Albany Law School Cross-Registration at the University at Albany Instructions

Step 1: Print the cross-registration form.

Step 2: Read and follow the cross-registration form guidelines.

Step 3: Select a course from the list provided by the University at Albany.

Step 4: Secure home school (Albany Law School) signatures to register for University at Albany classes.

Step 5: Send the cross-registration form to the host school registrar’s office (University at Albany)

Note: Cross-Registration is for Fall and Spring semesters only.


Albany Law School
Cross-Registration for each semester will be dependent upon the registration cycle. Dates will be available on the Registrar’s Office (generally registration occurs in April or November).

Albany Law students are able to apply a total of 12 credits taken through cross-registration towards a University at Albany credential; subject to department approval and completion of the admissions process.

How to Process your Cross-Registration

Step 1: Seek advisement on the courses you wish to take. Consider whether or not they meet degree requirements.

Step 2: Obtain the signature at the discretion of the home institution:

  • Graduate students at Albany Law School: Registrar's Office
  • Graduate students at University at Albany: Advisor/Chair/Dean
  • Undergraduate students at University at Albany (Seniors ONLY): Advisement Services

Step 3: Obtain the signature of the Registrar at the home institution.

Step 4: Obtain the signature of the Registrar at the host institution.

Step 5: Complete any required application forms for the host institution.

Step 6: Return the completed Agreement to the home institution immediately upon registering with the host institution. Failure to return the Agreement will result in not being registered for the intended cross-registered course(s).

 

Key

Home Institution the institution where you are matriculated.
Host Institution the institution with which you are seeking to take additional courses.

 

 

 

 

Parking

Students that cross-registered through the University at Albany and Albany Law School Affiliation will have access to parking at no additional cost at the cross-registered location.

 

University at Albany

Albany Law School students will receive a notice from the University at Albany Registrar’s Office with guidelines for cross-registration and parking. Students should visit the University at Albany parking office to finalize their access. For information on-campus parking areas, please review the UAlbany Campus Map.

 

Albany Law School 

University at Albany students will receive a notice from the Albany Law School Registrar’s Office with instructions on how to access their parking pass. Students should visit the Albany Law School Business Office, located in the 2000 Building, to finalize their access. For directions to the campus, please review the Albany Law directions page.

Students must park in designated student lots and comply with all student parking rules and regulations.