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English BA/Law JD

(HEGIS: 15.01 ENGLISH- GENERAL, CIP: 23.0101 English Language and Literature, General)

Department of English

306 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

William Solomon, Professor

Walter Hakala, Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Law

School of Law
Office of Admissions
309 O’Brian Hall

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Why study English BA/Law JD at UB?

In the English department, students discover the power and resources of the English language primarily through the study of British, American, and Anglophone literary traditions. Thanks to the range of the department’s course offerings, students often broaden the focus of their studies to include film and video, popular culture, mythology and folklore, as well as foreign-language literatures in English translation. All students are encouraged to become critical readers, learning to employ — both inside and outside the English classroom — the skills of close reading, historical contextualization, and theoretical reflection. As critical writers, in turn, they learn how to formulate compelling questions and to craft original essays that effectively intervene both in academic and cultural conversations. Some students develop as creative writers through workshops that emphasize the writing of poetry, prose fiction, autobiography, and plays. Others will take the opportunity to practice the craft of journalism and work on the student newspaper.

The Accelerated BA to Law JD Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate English students to accelerate their course of study by completing their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor in just six years of full-time study, saving students a full year of time and tuition.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Think, read, speak, and above all write critically and creatively
  • Be able to read in detail and in cultural context
  • Understand critical methods and theoretical concepts
  • Gain an understanding of periods and genres
  • Develop ability to articulate an idea lucidly and persuasively in writing
  • Develop skills for doing research and deployed evidence appropriately
  • Appreciate aesthetic experience
  • Fulfill professional values and ethical responsibilities to clients, the legal system, and the public
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate substantive and procedural law
  • Apply professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession in the appropriate cultural and social context

The Learning Environment

The central mission of the English department is to offer students a unique learning experience that features small classes, lively discussion with their fellow students, and close working relationships with faculty members. Our curriculum provides opportunities to discover literature and cinema from around the world, to develop as creative writers, and to practice the craft of journalism. In classes of every size (from large lecture courses to seminars, workshops, independent studies, and senior thesis projects), at all levels of instruction, whether in the classroom or remotely, our goal is to foster the individual growth of our students as readers and writers through critical thinking, class discussion, exploration and experimentation.

About Our Facilities

The home of English Department is Clemens Hall, where students come to meet with faculty advisors and mentors during office hours. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled spaces throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that are amenable to our program’s teaching goals.

University at Buffalo School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school with a fully equipped law library and numerous classrooms ranging in size from seminar rooms seating a dozen to lecture halls seating 120. Most classrooms are equipped with computer display technology and audio enhancement, and some are capable of videoconferencing. The Law Library offers excellent collections of legal information resources both in traditional and electronic formats accessible on site or remotely. All faculty offices are designed to allow faculty to meet with small groups of students. The building is fully accessible and is centrally located on the North Campus spine.

About Our Faculty

The English Department has been consistently ranked in the top thirty English departments in the United States. The faculty consists of nationally and internationally prominent scholars and writers who also take teaching very seriously, including six faculty members who have won the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching or have been made Distinguished Teaching Professors. Their interests range from early modern literature to postmodernism and include cultural studies, postcolonialism, psychoanalytic theory, film, gender and sexuality studies, visual studies, poetics, Marxism, documentary, African-American literature, ecocriticism, mythology and much more.

Each semester, the department also offers courses taught by approximately 60 teaching assistants and 20 adjunct instructors.

We welcome students to meet with the director of undergraduate studies (303 Clemens Hall, 716-645-2579) to discuss any aspect of our program (individual courses, major requirements, study abroad, grants, internships, and more).

The School of Law's faculty consists of distinguished scholars and teachers actively engaged with research, policy and practice worldwide, and committed to excellence in teaching our students. Most of the faculty are nationally prominent, and many hold advanced degrees in the social sciences and other disciplines, in addition to their law degrees. Faculty specializations range from advertising law and anthropology of law to women and the law and World Trade Organization law. In addition, the School of Law has over 50 part-time adjunct faculty: skilled lawyers and respected judges who provide education in essential legal skills.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the English Department website for additional information about our faculty.

See the School of Law Faculty Directory.

Career Outlook

Generally, law school graduates obtain employment as a practicing lawyer or an upper level manager who has a legal degree and is advantaged by it when applying for jobs (“JD Preferred Jobs”). In 2018, our overall placement rate was 80.8% with 69.1% of those employed working as a practicing lawyer and an additional 11.6% in JD Preferred Jobs. In 2018, the average starting salary was $73,000 with a high of $180,000. Our alumni are located world-wide, in large, medium and small law firms, federal and state agencies and departments, major corporations and banks, and the federal and state judiciaries. Notably, UB School of Law alumni consist of: NYS Court of Appeals Justices, several NYS Appellate Division Justices, a federal circuit appeals judge, and other federal trial level judges, as well as, former U.S. Attorneys, city mayors and various legislative representatives.

Academic Advising

New English majors are invited to schedule a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss in more detail both the requirements of the major and their individual course of study.

Students should normally complete or be waived from the university writing skills requirement (ENG 101 and ENG 201 in the old General Education curriculum, ENG 105 and a CL2 course in the new curriculum) before registering for courses numbered 202 and above. However, English majors and minors may also be simultaneously enrolled in the university writing requirement courses when taking their first courses in the department.

The School of Law provides one-on-one faculty advising all three years. Despite the fixed first-year law curriculum, students meet with their academic adviser at least twice per year to check in on academic progress and seek guidance. The School of Law’s faculty advisers also assist students with upper-level course selection.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To schedule an appointment with the director of undergraduate studies, please call the English Undergraduate office, 716-645-2579, or visit us in 303 Clemens Hall.

Law does not have an advising office, a faculty advisor is assigned prior to law orientation.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in the English department may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of funding sources, including:

  • UB  Financial Aid, including Scholarships
  • Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
  • UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:56