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October 14, 2014


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Just saying...

On the face of it, it would appear that the faculty won. Penny was going to try to use the financial exigency argument to move a lot of them out.


Yep, it's unfortunate. Well, a few more semesters of Neronian fiddling, I guess...


Get ready for yet another round of hand-wringing about how sorry we are about the high tuition and high debt, how we just really hope that those selfish law firms will hire our graduates, and that if we could do something about "the structural issues plaguing legal education" then we totes would guise, but it's just out of our hands.

Ah, never mind. They have a "strategic plan" which involves a whole lot of corporate Newspeak and not a lot of understanding about how legal education interacts with the job market.

Former Editor

While I'm reserving judgment on the value of Albany's "strategic plan" generally, I agree with BoredJD that the term "opportunity pathways" is just terrible.


A few thoughts --

1. Enrollment is still dropping -

From the earlier thread

2010: 236
2011: 235
2012: 196
2013: 187

From their website - class entering in 2014 - 123 students enrolled (average LSAT 151)

2. It would seem to me that any attempt to increase class size will likely result in students with limited chance of success.

3. The schools "opportunity pathways" do not even seem unique to me, but rather a marketing ploy describing course work available at comparable schools. Even students with LSAT scores of 151 will likely realize that.

John Steele

For the record:

"The Opportunity Pathways are: Business, Tax and Financial Markets; Government, Policy and Public Service; Health; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Public Interest Law; and Civil and Criminal Advocacy."

"The strategic plan offers a bold approach to modern legal education," said Daniel P. Nolan '78, chairman of Albany Law School's Board of Trustees. "The Opportunity Pathways concept draws on our historic strengths as an institution, including our location in New York's capital and our community of prominent alumni, to help the next generation of law students find rewarding careers as lawyers and leaders in many fields."

San Francisco lawyer

No need for cutbacks. They can still sell their real estate and run up debt before the credit rating catches up.

Former Editor

The credit rating is already beginning to catch up. S&P downgraded ALS's bonds in 2013. I actually think, generally speaking, ALS was moving in the right direction under Andrews (e.g. reduced class size without reduced admission standards). Time will tell if this signals a departure from the way the school was already headed or not.


IIRC some faculty members were rather peeved that she chose budget cuts over taking all the transfers that would come, as if throwing another 40-50 unemployed JDs into the Capital Region legal market is what anyone needs. Taxprof also reported that some of them wanted to lower admissions standards.

Just saying...

Most of the faculty there could not care less about bond rating any more than they care about students. They are playing out the clock. Hoping that the school can survive until they are ready to go.

They are certainly not alone in that regard.

Al Bahni

"Does it happen at other schools at an interim/acting dean is appointed while the existing dean is still serving out the last year of the dean's term?"

I believe this misses the distinction between resigning as dean and staying on as president. No overlap as dean(s); overlap b/w acting dean and incumbent president. No idea as to what power the president retains, or whether it's just something not conveyed to an acting dean.

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