Law and Public Policy Program

Union sponsors a six-year Law and Public Policy Program with Albany Law School.  Students enrolled in this program attend Union for three years followed by three years at Albany Law School. Admission to the Law School is assured as long as the student maintains a 3.3 grade point average at Union and receives an LSAT score that is at or above the median score for students enrolled at Albany Law School in the prior year.


Indicate your intention to apply to the Law and Public Policy 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 mailed to applicants in April.

The SAT with writing or the ACT with writing are required to complete an application. We also strongly recommend a personal interview.

What we look for

Admission to the program is highly competitive. The successful applicant:

  • Ranks in the top 10 percent of his/her class (if the school uses class rank)
  • Has SAT test scores of at least 1290 on the new SAT (tests administered on or after March 2016)
  • Has ACT scores at or above 28

Union College writing question

Please note: both questions will be visible after you select an answer to the "Student Status" question on the Union College member screen.

  • Discuss your interest in Union beyond your application to the Law and Public Policy program. (Limit 150 words)