The Union College-Albany Law School combined program allows students to complete a full Union B.S. or B.A. degree in three years and subsequently progress to Albany Law School. The program provides opportunities to earn undergraduate credit through law-related internships and participate as undergraduates in Albany Law School activities designed for combined degree program students. Students in this program, who will be known as Law Scholars, will be admitted to Albany Law School early (upon admission to Union) with entry to law school contingent on their undergraduate GPA, but not their LSAT score. Students are still required to take the LSAT prior to matriculation at Albany Law School, with high scores providing access to scholarship opportunities.
Indicate your intention to apply to the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program by Jan. 15 on the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Applicants must be excellent students in their high schools, taking the best courses available. Applications are first reviewed at Union in the undergraduate admissions office. The folders of those students with the strongest credentials are then forwarded to Albany Law School for review by the faculty and admissions staff of the Law School. Decisions are sent to applicants in late March and admitted students have until May 1 to enroll.
The SAT or the ACT are required* to complete an application. We also recommend a personal interview.
What we look for
Admission to the program is competitive. The successful applicant:
- Ranks in the top 10 percent of their class (if the school uses class rank)
- Has SAT test scores of at least 1290 or an ACT score at or above a 28
- If an applicant has taken the SAT or ACT, their scores must be reported. Applicants unable to take the SAT or ACT due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, or to changes in 2020 testing agency policies, may still be forwarded to Albany Law School for review. ALS will base its decisions on review of other submitted materials.
*If you have any questions about the testing requirements for the 2020-2021 3+3 Accelerated Law admissions cycle, please contact Vernon Castillo, Sr. Associate Dean of Admissions, at email@example.com.