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Legal Studies BA

(HEGIS: 14.01 LAW- GENERAL, CIP: 22.0000 Legal Studies)

Why study Legal Studies BA at UB?

The Legal Studies major is designed for students who have an interest in the philosophical, historical, social, and political underpinnings of the law and U.S. legal systems, as well as how the law is applied in various contexts. Students develop their writing and analytical skills throughout their coursework, and have an opportunity to complete an internship for academic credit.

The Legal Studies major may be attractive to students who plan to attend law school, as well as those who wish to pursue careers in law enforcement, public administration, or nonprofit work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Legal Studies BA, students will:

  • Possess a basic narrative of American history.
  • Understand the basic structures, functions and principles of American government.
  • Understand law in an historical, political, or philosophical perspective.
  • Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to politics, social structure, race, gender, and class.
  • Develop writing skills and analytical skills associated with the evaluation of data or patterns of argument.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the US Constitution, impact of the US Constitution on American law and life, the evolution of constitutional interpretation, the role of the courts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the systems through which law is created, changed and administered; law in transnational contexts, the institutions of the law and law as a social phenomenon; the law’s dynamic relation with health, welfare, and the environment.

The Learning Environment

The Legal Studies major is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. 

Courses in the Legal Studies major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 180-450 students per class. English, analytical skills and upper level courses enroll 30 to 80 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Legal Studies major is administrated by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC) located in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Students in Legal Studies take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as history, sociology, political science and English. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

In addition SSC has one full-time clinical assistant professor and approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields and bring valuable practical experience and knowledge about the latest developments and career opportunities in health and human services.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program's department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students in the Legal Studies major find that the program’s emphasis on understanding the role of the law, legal institutions, and legal processes in various social and political contexts is an excellent preparation for graduate school or work. While many alumni go on to law school or advanced study in related fields, others choose to apply their undergraduate degree to opportunities at law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies.

Academic Advising

Admission to the major and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. There is at least one advisor assigned to each major area. We provide advisement for students on major and university requirements. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call our office at (716) 645-2247 to make an appointment with an advisor.

Scholarships and Financial Support

With the help of its alumni donors, SSC has established a Study Abroad Award to encourage undergraduate students who are in one of the five SSC majors to pursue an opportunity to study abroad. The award is available for study abroad in fall, spring or summer semesters.

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including:

Associated Programs

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:58