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The Albany Government Law Review is a student-edited law review at Albany Law School. The Albany Government Law Review publishes critical and analytical articles written by leading scholars and academics on a variety of issues relating to legal aspects of government and public policy. The publications feature articles from distinguished legal scholars and academics, as well as notes and comments written by outstanding law students. The Albany Government Law Review replaced the Environmental Outlook Journal in the 2007-2008 academic year. Because running the Government Law Review is much like running a small business, the law review was profiled in the Albany Business Review. The inaugural issue focused on campaign finance reform, and included a forward by former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. The Brennan Center for Justice, a noted critic of New York State government, contributed an article to the first issue entitled, “What Albany Could Learn From New York City: A Model of Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform in Action.”.The Government Law Review hosts a live symposium each year and publishes themed issues semi-annually. The most recent symposium focused on the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the use of executive power.

In 2010, the law review was cited by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in his epic dissent in "McDonald v. Chicago." Justice Stevens cited an article by Carl T. Bogus, entitled "Gun Control and America’s Cities: Public Policy and Politics" which was published in Volume 1, Issue 2, of The Albany Government Law Review.

The Fireplace Blog

In the fall of 2008, the Albany Government Law Review launched the Albany Government Law Review Fireplace. The Fireplace is the first student-written and edited law blog in the country and the first legal blog to engage in substantive law review-like legal analysis and academic speculation. Unlike the typical blog, which publishes quick, sometimes stream of consciousness entries, the Fireplace publishes entries that resemble shorter versions of law review comments and include citations on recent developments in government law and policy.​​

The Albany Government Law Review Online

In the fall of 2015, the Albany Government Law Review will launch the Albany Government Law Review Online.  AGLR Online is a student-written and edited online journal that will publish law review comments throughout the school year.  AGLR Online publishes entries that include citations on recent developments in government law and policy.