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Law BA/Law JD - Applying to the Program

(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 Social Justice Initiatives

Amber Melvin
Program Coordinator

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Becoming a Law BA/Law JD Student

During the fall of their junior year, Accelerated BA to Law JD students should consult with their academic advisor to ensure that all core and Law major requirements will be met by the end of the their junior year or to arrange for an agreement in writing to accept courses taken at the School of Law as satisfying any remaining major or minor requirement(s).

To be eligible for matriculation to the School of Law, Accelerated BA to Law JD students must take the LSAT no later than January of their junior year and must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA at UB of 3.500;
  • An LSAT score at or above the median LSAT for the School of Law’s previous year’s enrolled class or GRE scores at or above the 70th percentile on the Verbal Reasoning section and at or above the 40th percentile on the Quantitative Reasoning section;
  • Submit two academic letters of recommendation from members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty no later than February 1 of their junior year; and
  • Submit a Personal Statement (1-2 pages) no later than February 1 of their junior year. The statement should address (1) the student’s most significant personal experience beyond academic accomplishments, and (2) the student’s personal and career ambitions.

The School of Law reserves the right to conduct an in-person interview of the student prior to matriculating to the JD Program.

Important Note: UB BA/Law J.D. combined degree students are not required to apply through the Law School Admission Council.

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores, if applicable. UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 cycles. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All freshmen with interest in the Law BA are coded as Approved majors if they select Law (LAW) on their application.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Students transferring to UB must apply to the major. The request will be reviewed for meeting the 2.000 minimum overall and the 2.500 GPA minimum in any required LAW courses already taken (from among LAW 101, LAW 201, and LAW 202).

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students transferring to the major from another degree program apply to the major. The request will be reviewed for meeting the 2.000 minimum overall and the 2.500 GPA minimum in any required LAW courses already taken (from among LAW 101, LAW 201, and LAW 202).

 
Published: Aug 02, 2021 11:30:14