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Philosophy BA/Law JD

(HEGIS: 15.09 PHILOSOPHY, CIP: 38.0101 Philosophy)

Department of Philosophy

135 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Professor Neil E. Williams

School of Law

School of Law
Office of Admissions
309 O’Brian Hall

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Why study Philosophy BA/Law JD at UB?

The Philosophy Department offers a broad ranges of courses that provide a foundation of values, examines the nature of justice, knowledge and reality, and sets the mind working with accuracy and imagination. The student of philosophy learns the fundamental theories and concepts that have framed our intellectual heritage, and also learns the essential tools to investigate and develop the ideas that shape our lives today. Philosophy is especially well equipped to teach students how to think critically, how to construct arguments and examine reasons, and how to formulate and express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing- skills essential to the successful study and practice of law.

The Accelerated BA to Law JD Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate philosophy students to accelerate their course of study by completing their Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and Juris Doctor in just six years of full-time study, saving students a full year of time and tuition.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identifying, analyzing, and comparing different positions in ethics, philosophy, and law.
  • 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 philosophical, political, and legal issues and problems.
    • Engage in theoretical interpretation of philosophy, social, and legal ideas and phenomena.
  • Communicate proficiently in both written and oral form.
    • Develop critical reading, thinking and writing skills to intellectually communicate ideas and research findings about legal topics.
    • Develop the ability to effectively construct and evaluate arguments for and against competing claims.
    • 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

Philosophy courses include both large introductory-level lectures and smaller lectures on more advanced topics. All courses, whether large or small, incorporate opportunities for class discussion. Remote versions of some introductory-level courses are offered regularly, especially in the summer and winter semesters.

About Our Facilities

Philosophy courses include both large introductory-level lectures and smaller lectures on more advanced topics. Remote versions of some introductory-level courses are offered regularly, especially in the summer and winter semesters.

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 philosophy department includes 13 full-time faculty with specializations in ethics, aesthetics, social, and political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, logic, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science. In addition to the full-time faculty, the philosophy department has 5 affiliated faculty, 5 emeritus faculty, and about 8 teaching assistants.

The School of Law's faculty consists of distinguished scholars and teachers actively engaged with research, policy and practice worldwide, and committed to excellence in teaching our students. 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 Philosophy department website for additional information about our faculty.

See the School of Law Faculty Directory.

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

Academic Advising with the philosophy department is done by the director of undergraduate studies. Students with questions or concerns regarding Academic Advisement should consult with UB’s College of Arts and Sciences advising services.

The School of Law provides one-on-one faculty advising all three years. Despite the fixed first-year law (1L) curriculum, students meet with their academic adviser at least twice per year to check in on academic progress and seek guidance. The School of Law’s faculty advisers also assist students with upper-level course selection.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Professor Ryan Muldoon, Director of undergraduate studies, Philosophy

Law does not have an advising office, faculty advisor assigned prior to orientation.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Mary C. Whitman Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding senior philosophy major.
Philosophy students may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

  • UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships
  • Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
  • UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards

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

Contact University at Buffalo Financial Aid for financial aid assistance.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:44