Laurel Albin


Laurel Albin

Assistant Teaching Professor / Program Director of Bar Success

Law School / Faculty




UMass School of Law 206



Cross-listed UMass Law School Course for undergraduate students. Allows students to experience law school and demonstrate capability of doing law school coursework. Course topics change with section number and semester. Enrollees should note that the Law School semester starts earlier than the UMassD campus. Per ABA rules, courses do not transfer to future law school programs.

Study of the following core bar subjects: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Property, and Contracts. The class will concentrate on teaching the students the multistate and essay testing techniques in order to prepare them for the bar examination.

A seminar examining the proceedings after a criminal conviction becomes "final," i.e., the individual exhausts the appeals process. This class approaches post-conviction law through the lens of actual cases of wrongful conviction. Readings will focus on relevant legal scholarship and journalism. The course will combine a doctrinal perspective with practical exercises and presentations by you and your fellow classmates.

Lori received her JD Summa Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB) in 1997; she is licensed to practice law in Maryland. After law school, Lori completed two judicial clerkships; first for the Hon John Eldridge, Court of Appeals of Maryland, and second for the Hon Susan Gauvey, U.S. Magistrate for the District of Maryland. Lori actively practiced law in Maryland; doing civil and criminal appeals; civil litigation; and criminal defense in private practice. Lori was also a public defender working as an appellate attorney and as Director of Government Affairs. She left the public defender’s office to pursue the Directorship of the Fiscal Policy Center, National Juvenile Justice Network, Manager of the Public Safety Performance Project for the Pew Charitable Trust, and State Director for Senator Barbara Mikulski. For more than a decade, while she was practicing, she was an adjunct at UB teaching in their legal skills program. When Baltimore decided to integrate Legal Skills with substantive courses, she was the adjunct they picked to help develop and pilot the program. During her time there, she was named Writing Professor of the Year.