I'm currently a 1L at Albany and have this to say:
1. Great professors, great career center
2. Tons of internship opportunities; good clinics; field placement, etc...
3. Well-respected in the region
4. For private, it's one of the lesser-priced law schools in NY, esp. considering the low COL
5. Decent town
1. Like most T3, be in the top 10 to 20% for prestigious (read: ADA or clerkship) or high-paying gigs, or gigs in NYC.
2. Tuition goes up a bit every year (like most schools, I suppose)
3. B- to C+ curve first year (this is ROUGH)
That being said, the leaps and bounds this school has made in the past several years is amazing. It's 75% LSAT several years ago is now its 25% LSAT. That's akin to moving mountains. The office of enrollment feels that in terms of what the school offers, it's actually a better school than some of its NYC competitors, but that its location holds it back rank wise. It's on the verge of T2, I think.
Hope this helps.
I'm trying to understand how curves work, and I just visited ALS this week, and my tour guide said that it had a B- C+ curve as well... What does this mean? Is this like a bell curve where the majority get C+s and B-s and the rest taper off on both sides?
Exactly. The curve is less harsh in your 2L & 3L year.