The Law minor has two basic aims: (1) to introduce students to legal skills and concepts; and (2) to provide a basic understanding of legal institutions and history. Students pursuing the Law minor will learn fundamental concepts in law, including the structure and operation of the United States legal system and its relationship to social and economic institutions. They will also learn to read, understand, and interpret legal texts such as cases, statutes, regulations, and the U.S. Constitution, and will become familiar with the use of legal reasoning and rhetoric, including arguments that draw upon legal authority, doctrine, and evidence.
The law minor complements many undergraduate majors. For some students, the law minor provides a deeper understanding of the role that law, legal theory, and legal institutions play in their major field of study. Students might also use the law minor to acquire knowledge in a specific area of law relevant to their career trajectory. For example, a student majoring in Computer Science or Engineering may pursue a law minor with a focus on patent law.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
- Fundamental concepts in law.
- The structure and operation of the United States legal system and its relationship to social and economic institutions;
- Reading, understanding, and interpreting legal texts such as cases, statutes, regulations, and the U.S. Constitution.
- The use of legal reasoning and rhetoric, including arguments that draw upon legal authority, doctrine, and evidence.
The Minor in Law 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. 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.
The School of Law has more than 50 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 80 part-time adjunct faculty: skilled lawyers and respected judges who provide education in essential legal skills.
The career objectives of the Law minor 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 is provided by Melinda Saran, Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives, School of Law, and James G. Milles, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives
University at Buffalo School of Law
614 O’Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
University at Buffalo School of Law does not offer scholarships for Law Minors. Contact University at Buffalo Financial Aid for scholarship assistance.