I only know a little about Albany (my cousin went there). Overall, she liked the school and got a great legal education there. The major downside it Albany itself. There is not much going in that city, despite its being the capital of New York State. If you are interested in NY State politics, then Albany would be the best school for that. It has a very good reputation within NY State (particularly upstate), and if you rank well (top 10-15%), you'll have good job prospects. Outside of NY State, your options will be more limited. It's very much a regional school, and will garner little to no recognition anywhere outside the Northeast (really, anywhere outside of NY State).