Why Law?

Dear prospective student:

As law schools across the nation continue to manage rapid change, 12 deans have come together, with the help of their students, to highlight how the next generation of lawyers will make a difference in their communities and in the profession.

Students representing each school were asked to answer a simple question: “Why Law?” Their answers serve as an important reminder for practicing attorneys and current law students as well as an informative message for those considering law school about the value of a law degree.

Albany Law School was represented by second-year student Andrienne Walters—who highlighted how the next generation of lawyers will make a difference in their communities and in the profession.  See what our student had to say here.



Fluent in four languages, 2L student finds her fit in the International Law field

Second-year law student Dannaliz Mieses has always had an interest in international culture due to her experience with other cultures.  She speaks fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.  After graduating from Fordham University with a degree in political science, she was keen on starting law school.

This past summer Mieses interned in Mexico City for Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission. She worked in international affairs and the legal department, alongside economists and lawyers.

During her time at Fordham she volunteered as a group translator for an 18-day pilgrimage in Brazil.

These experiences — combining travel and multilingual skills – confirmed Mieses’ vision for her career path. “I felt that I was really able to give people a much more meaningful experience by translating the language for them,” she said. “I love being challenged and putting my language abilities to use.  Being put on the spot and having to think quickly is something I realize I really like.”

During her internship, Mieses caught more than a glimpse of high-level international corporate law activity, when she observed firsthand cases with major companies such as Uber and Delta Air Lines.  “I know now that being able to help people in their daily lives is something that really matters to me.”

One of Mieses’ responsibilities was translating a 25-page document from Spanish to English.  This document dealt with antitrust and anti-competition and was shared with English speaking countries all over the world.

“I also created a Ukraine competition policy summary for my supervisor to use for his presentation at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C.,” she said.

She was responsible for managing a spreadsheet with young agencies from 120 jurisdictions in which she identified  their involvement in the International Competition Network. She drafted a regulation proposal from a comparative legal perspective involving financial technology in Mexico. And she performed research on substantive market power and oligopolies that was used for a large, complex case involving European air,petroleum and mineral companies the Commission was looking to sanction for anti-competition behavior in Mexico.

And she performed research on substantive market power and oligopolies that was used for a large, complex case involving European air,petroleum and mineral companies the Commission was looking to sanction for anti-competition behavior in Mexico.

This semester at Albany Law, Mieses is president of the International Law Society, where she hopes to bring excitement to the club with the Jessup International Moot Court competition and networking opportunities in New York City.

Through Project Totem she helps the Law School’s Immigration Law Clinic by interpreting client interviews and translating documents. When time allows she serves as a Spanish and French interpreter at the Immigration Court in New York City.

This fall she is a legal intern for the Community Development Clinic, where she expects to advise small businesses with legal challenges and gain transactional experience.

Her career goals: they are many, but ideally she hopes to work in cross-border international law in Latin America and Europe as well as eventually work for the United Nations, where she has previously volunteered. She is eager to gain solid legal experience while she works toward these career goals.

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Fall 2017 Jobs: $1,800/semester stipend working in Albany Law firms! Apply by August 10.

is Thursday August 10, 2017.

Review and apply online through AlbanyLaw Link, under the “Jobs (non-OCR)” tab – Job ID # 22238.  Local Internship Program Highlights:

  • Paid, semester long internship ($1,800 stipend)
  • Internships open to 2Ls and 3Ls (Albany Law School students)
  • Meaningful work experience with assignments equivalent to a junior associate’s actual work situation
  • Supervised by a partner or senior attorney
  • 10 week commitment during Fall semester (100 hours; minimum of 10 hours per week)
  • Many past interns have subsequently obtained full-time law firm employment and now are members of the Albany County Bar.

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Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship: Apply by September 15, 2017.

THE PRBA SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICATION, to learn more about this scholarship for law students, visit:  www.prbasf.org   



For complete application materials (9 pages) click on link:  2017 NEW Amended Scholarship Application – Deadline 9-15-17.pdf

The Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“Scholarship Fund”) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The Scholarship Fund was established to promote diversity within the legal profession by providing scholarships to students of Puerto Rican and Latino descent attending ABA-accredited law schools in New York State. Applicants must be enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic year.

For the first time the Puerto Rican Bar Association will be awarding legacy scholarships in celebration of its 2017 Puerto Rican Bar Association Diamond Jubilee. Each scholarship recipient will receive Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) yearly until graduation. The scholar will receive Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) per semester. To receive the award, the scholarship recipient must remain in good standing and enrolled full time at an accredited American Bar Association Law School in New York state.

Diversity Opportunities! Upcoming deadlines for Fall ’17 & Summer ’18 jobs

Throughout the year, various Diversity opportunities are posted online in ALBANYLAW LINK.  To search for these opportunities, log into your account and select the “JOBS (Non-OCR)” tab. Next, click on “Advanced Search” and scroll down to find the “Position Type” field. Click on “Diversity Opportunities” and then select “Search” to find all of the opportunities with this designation. You can also search by the Job ID # in the search field at the top of the page. Review each posting carefully for eligibility, required application materials and process and due dates.  Note registration fees for some national career fairs and events.

NOTE: 2L: Class of 2019 and 3L: Class of 2018

Please reach out to your assigned career counselor in Albany Law School’s Career & Professional Development Center if you have any questions or are seeking  assistance with your job search.  

Diversity Internships, Career Fairs and Scholarships:  

2L Summer 2018 Associate and Diversity Scholarship (2L) 22164 Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC – Diversity Scholarship Program 7/31/17

2018 Summer Associate (2L)

22171 Helsell Fetterman LLP (Seattle, WA) 8/7/17
ACBA Fall 2017 Diversity Internship (2L & 3L) 22238 Albany County Bar Association (ACBA) (Albany, NY) 8/10/17
Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship (2L) 22050 Ropes & Gray LLP (Boston, MA) 8/31/17
Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowship (2L) 22244

Vinson & Elkins



2017 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair: August 2-4, 2017 (1L, 2L, 3L & recent grads) 21409 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair – National LGBT Bar Association (Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA) 7/19/17

Albany Law School celebrates its 166th Commencement.

For Albany Law School’s Class of 2017, it was a day of inspiration and celebration.
166th Commencement: Photos | Video 

Before crossing the stage Friday, May 19 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., approximately 110 graduates heard from keynote speaker David McCraw ’92, vice president and deputy general counsel for the New York Times.
Albany Law School's 166th Commencement

“Being a graduate of Albany Law School means … being the kind of lawyer people count on,” said McCraw, who serves as the Times’ top newsroom lawyer and is among the nation’s most prolific litigators of freedom-of-information cases. “I have always prided myself on being that kind of lawyer, an Albany lawyer—a lawyer who shows up, who keeps trying, who wakes up the next morning trying to figure out why whatever he did yesterday didn’t work and what he can do today to make it a happen. That was something I learned at Albany Law School.”
Albany Law School's 166th Commencement

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Albany Law School: Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, Issue 1

Published by members of the Law School’s Faculty Diversity Committee.

Remembering: A Pioneering Judge – The Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam

~The Albany Law School community is saddened by the loss of  Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. She was a tremendous judge, a wonderful person, and a friend to the law school. Along with frequent visits to our campus, she received an Honorary Degree from Albany Law School at our 163rd Commencement in 2014. Continue reading

Roundup: Albany Law School in the News, First week of April 2017

The big news this week was Justice Sotomayor’s visit to campus.

President & Dean Ouellette’s op-ed “Funding legal services for the poor benefits all of society” was published by the Times Union. (Paywall – see text below.)   

Professor Bonventre spoke with KJZZ radio in Phoenix about the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Neil Gorsuch. (Airing today, Friday, sometime between noon-2 p.m.)

Professors Bonventre and Gottlieb discussed the Supreme Court and Judge Gorsuch on WAMC’s “Vox Pop.”   Continue reading