The Albany Law School will introduce a new academic concentration in equine, racing and gaming law in September. According to the Albany Business Journal, the move is in response to new casino development in New York State.
The program, the first in the nation, will offer courses in equine law, racing regulations and gaming industry law as well as administration, insurance, employment and tax law.
“Throughout New York and beyond, there is currently and will be an unmet need for attorneys trained in the legal and regulatory infrastructure of the equine, racing and gaming industries,” said Penelope Andrews, president and dean of Albany Law School. “Currently no U.S. law school offers a comprehensive program in law relating to these industries.”
The new law concentration will be offered through The Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing and Gaming Law within the school’s Government Law Center, the Albany Daily-Gazette reported.
“Specialized coursework will allow students to master complex regulatory law and administrative hearing concepts, while internships and field placements will provide hands-on opportunities for skills practice,” said Ray Brescia, director of the Government Law Center. “Students graduating from the program will be poised to become industry leaders in the private sector and government agencies.”
Albany Law is seeking long-term funding sources to sustain the new concentration in the future, the school announced.