Located in the seat of state government, Albany Law School is uniquely situated to offer training and experiential opportunities for individuals seeking to prepare themselves for careers in government affairs, advocacy and lobbying.
While a J.D. degree is often held by lobbyists, lobbyists need not possess a JD degree to engage in government advocacy. With a guided course of study in select areas that prepare a student for a core understanding of the law of government affairs, advocacy, and lobbying, an individual could begin a career in the field of lobbying, on state and local government platforms in New York State as well as other geographic areas. The following course of study would prepare a masters student with the requisite knowledge and skills to enter the field of lobbying without further study.
With 10,000 alumni across the country and more than 900 alumni in state government — many in leadership positions — Albany Law students have a large network for connections.
Albany Law School was named 8th in the nation for preparing students for a career in government (preLaw magazine, winter 2018).
There are more than 900 leaders in government positions in the Capital Region and across New York state.
30 credits from the following courses:
With permission of their faculty advisor, students may also cross-register for relevant graduate level courses offered by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. Examples of relevant courses are: Seminar in the Management of Local Government (PAD 683); Urban Policy Analysis (PAD 684); Basic Governmental Accounting (PAD 641); Culture and Public Policy, Developing Creative Communities (PAD 685) Decision Making in Government & Administration (PAD 611); Public Personnel Administration (PAD 618); Labor Relations in the Public Sector (PAD 651); Cost Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (PAD 631); Local Economic Development Strategies and Techniques (PAD 567)