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Law BA

(HEGIS: 14.00 LAW UNCLASSIFIED, CIP: 22.0000 Legal Studies, General)

School of Law

405B O'Brian Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

James G. Milles
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Professor of Law

Melinda R. Saran
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs and Teaching Faculty

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Why study Law BA at UB?

The changing market for legal services has led to a proliferation of new law-related career possibilities. For example, compliance specialists work in corporations of all kinds to ensure that organizations comply with the laws of intellectual property and privacy, and human resources managers need to understand employment law and benefits rules. The Law BA is intended to respond to this changing market by preparing students for careers that do not require a licensed attorney, but where a sound understanding of the law is valuable.

At the same time, the practice of law continues to become more and more complex. Whole new careers have developed to support the work lawyers do; many of these careers do not require that one be a licensed lawyer, but do call for some understanding of law along with other specialized or technical skills. E-discovery and litigation support professionals apply technical expertise to manage the massive volume of electronically stored evidence required in all kinds of litigation. Trial and jury consultants combine such technical expertise with a practical knowledge of psychology and sociology to help lawyers communicate complex concepts to juries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognizing different conceptions of justice and of the social functions of law, and how to apply them in resolving disputes.
  • Describe the structure and operation of the United States legal system, and its relationship to social and economic institutions.
  • Recognize, define and explain fundamental concepts in public and private law.
  • Conduct legal research to locate and assess both primary and secondary legal sources.
  • Read, understand and interpret legal texts.
  • Engage in legal reasoning, drawing on legal authority, doctrine and evidence.
  • Communicate analysis and argument to diverse audiences, both in writing and orally.
  • Recognize and be prepared to address cultural diversity in legal and policy settings.

The Learning Environment

Unlike legal studies programs that study law from the perspectives of philosophy, history, psychology, political science and the social sciences, the Law BA is one of a handful of programs in the United States dedicated to providing a well-rounded and practical undergraduate education in law. The program is designed for students pursuing a wide range of careers where knowledge of law will give them a competitive advantage, but where qualification to practice law is not required. Students may also wish to explore the law as preparation for applying to law school to earn a JD after earning their BA. Classes range from large lectures to small seminars, and opportunities for practical experience through internships are available. Teaching methods include a version of the Socratic method of questioning typical of law schools, as well as lectures, presentations, debates, discussions, and role playing. Skills include critical thinking, reading and analysis of legal sources, understanding of controversial legal issues, and practical applications of law.

About Our Facilities

The Law BA is housed in the School of Law, 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 or collaborative small group work in larger classes. The Law Library offers excellent collections of legal information resources in both 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 School of Law has more than 45 full-time faculty, several of whom teach undergraduate courses. 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 legal anthropology to election law and sports law. In addition, the School of Law has over 80 part-time adjunct faculty: skilled lawyers and respected judges who provide education in essential legal skills.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the School of Law faculty directory for faculty information.

Career Outlook

The career objectives of the Law BA are to prepare students to work in a job or profession that involves some exposure to the law, including government, law enforcement, business contracting and negotiations, non-profits and social services, financial compliance, and intellectual property.

Academic Advising

Melinda Saran provides academic advisement for the Law BA.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Melinda Saran
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs
University at Buffalo School of Law
422 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email Melinda Saran

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Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:58