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History BA/Law JD

(HEGIS: 22.05 HISTORY, CIP: 54.0101 History, General)

Department of History

546 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4130

Kristin Stapleton

Andreas Daum
Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Law

School of Law
Office of Admissions
309 O’Brian Hall

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Why study History BA/Law JD at UB?

The UB Department of History offers students rich opportunities to pursue their intellectual passions through diverse course offerings, covering all continents and moving from the medieval period to the present. Students learn to explain how the society we live in today has taken shape over time ‒ from our local environment and nation to global connections, from political and social circumstances to cultural and religious developments. Understanding legal systems as the outcome of historical transformations provides an advantage to students interested in studying law. Moreover, they gain skills that they can use for their future, such as thinking critically, analyzing complex issues and exploiting source materials.

The Accelerated BA to Law JD Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate history 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:

  • Develop historical information: events; people; range of social, legal, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental factors; change over time
  • Assess and challenge historical narratives and viewpoints
  • Hone critical thinking and reading skills
  • Communicate proficiently in both written and oral form.
    • Develop writing and analytical skills associated with the evaluation of data or patterns of argument
    • Present a predictive analysis and a persuasive argument orally
  • Identify relevant legal and factual issues; develop and undertake legal research; and employ these skills in legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.
    • Construct historical arguments
    • Present research findings clearly, analyze primary and secondary sources
  • 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

We are committed to providing a rigorous, top quality education for the next generation of scholars, whether in academia, public history, secondary education, government and cultural organizations, publishing, or in many contexts where history and its associated skills are valued. Students read deeply in their fields while learning to create new knowledge by asking their own questions about the past, engaging in primary research, analyzing findings and communicating their conclusions artfully and persuasively.

Courses range from large lectures to small, discussion-based seminars and combine a variety of teaching methods Courses aim to build students’ skills in critical thinking, research, and both written and oral communication. We also offer experiential learning opportunities, such as the public history internship, which can be taken for credit (HIS 496). In addition, our faculty work one-on-one with students involved in independent study (HIS 499) and the Honors Seminar (HIS 497).

About Our Facilities

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 history department includes faculty of national and international distinction in their research fields and many members who have received teaching awards. Full-time faculty are committed to teaching at all levels, from introductory classes through upper-division seminars. Faculty teaching fields cover the globe and span the medieval period through the present. Faculty incorporate a diversity of approaches to teaching history, using technology and sharing the diversity of material, and oral sources available to scholars and students. They stress the importance of thinking historically about the context of events and individuals of the past and through their teaching help students make informed interpretations about the past.

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 History 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

In conjunction with CAS Advising, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) oversees advising for all History majors and minors. A permanent faculty member, the DUS is well-suited to guide students through the major and offer advice on careers, graduate study, and professional development particular to the field of history. New majors are required to meet with the DUS when applying to the major, but all students are encouraged to consult with the DUS regularly and review their progress toward completion.

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

We recommend that interested students meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department (Park 540, 716-645-8400) to discuss their course of study and the program.

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

Scholarships and Financial Support

History Department Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship

The History Department announces its inaugural History Department Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship for Undergraduate History Majors at UB. The Department will award up to eight Undergraduate Diversity Scholarships for students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year in the Academic Year 2020-2021, each in the amount of $3,500 (roughly equivalent to one semester of tuition). We are particularly excited to support students who can demonstrate that they contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can show that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediments to success in higher education.

John D. Milligan and Family Scholarships in Memory of Joyce J. Milligan

History majors from underrepresented minorities with good academic credentials and good personal characteristics are eligible for these two annual scholarships, one for a prospective junior and one for a prospective senior.

Plesur Scholarships

Thanks to a generous bequest from the late Professor Milton Plesur, the department offers an array of scholarships and awards. It provides scholarships to majors with outstanding records in history and serious interest in pursuing the discipline and a career in history. The Plesur Fund also awards scholarships to majors who enroll in a recognized summer, semester, or year-long program of study abroad.

Milton Plesur and Schoellkopf Awards for Study Abroad

The department holds a competition in the fall for spring semester study abroad and one in the spring for summer, fall, and full academic year programs.

University at Buffalo School of Law offers merit scholarships to more than 80% of its student body. Contact the Office of Admissions to inquire about merit scholarships.

Contact University at Buffalo Financial Aid for financial aid assistance.

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Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:51