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Law BA/Law JD

(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/Law JD at UB?

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

The changing market for legal services has led to a proliferation of new law-related career possibilities. The Law BA is intended to prepare students for careers that do not require a licensed attorney, but where a sound understanding of the law is valuable. 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. 

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 a licensed lawyer, but do require some understanding of law along with other 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

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate substantive and procedural law, the democratic political system, and government policies
  • Identify relevant legal and factual issues, undertake legal research, and employ these skills in legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.
    • Develop the ability to apply reasoning in the analysis of a wide range of political and legal issues and problems.
    • Engage in theoretically-informed interpretations of political, social, and legal ideas and phenomena.
  • Communicate proficiently in both written and oral form.
    • Develop writing skills to intellectually communicate ideas and research findings about political and legal topics.
    • Develop the ability to effectively take a position and defend an argument against criticism.
    • Present a predictive analysis and a persuasive argument orally.
  • Fulfill professional values and ethical responsibilities to clients, the legal system, and the public.
  • 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 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 suited 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. Classes range from large lectures to small seminars, and opportunities for practical experience through internships are available through UB Career Design Center. 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

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 School of Law has more than 45 full-time faculty, many 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 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 School of Law faculty directory for faculty information.

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

BA/Law J.D. combined degree students majoring in Law will be advised by the School of Law’s Advising Services and should contact the Law School with advising-related questions.

Combined degree students are strongly encouraged to consult regularly with their academic advisor regarding undergraduate curricular requirements.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Scholarships and Financial Support

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

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:26