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Philosophy BA/Law JD - Program Requirements

(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

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Philosophy BA/Law JD Program

Academic Advice

Students interested in our honors program or with general questions about the philosophy major may contact the director of undergraduate studies, Professor Ryan Muldoon, to discuss their interests and receive additional information.

Transfer Credit Policy

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

The Accelerated Philosophy BA to Law JD Program has no prerequisite courses.

Required Courses

One of:

One of:

Metaphysics and Epistemology
One of:

History of Philosophy
Two of:

Philosophy electives
Six additional courses, of which four must be at the 300/400 level

Undergraduate Liberal Arts Elective: 18

JD – First-Year Requirements
LAW 509 – Torts (4 credits)
LAW 501 – Civil Procedure (4 credits)
LAW 507 – Property (4 credits)
LAW 515 – Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I (4 credits)
LAW 503 – Contracts (4 credits)
LAW 505 – Criminal Law (4 credits)
LAW 511 – Constitutional Law (4 credits)
LAW 516 – Legal Analysis, Writing and Research II (3 credits)

JD – Second-Year and Third-Year Curriculum
LAW 564 – Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
LAW experiential elective (6 credits) (see experiential list below)*
LAW seminar elective (3 credits) (see seminar list below)**
LAW research or writing-intensive elective (3 credits) (see research/writing list below)***
LAW free electives (44 credits)

*experiential course options
LAW 523 – Judicial Externship (3 credits)
LAW 567 – Greening Buffalo (3 credits)
LAW 637 – Corporate Negotiations (3 credits)
LAW 828 – Innocence and Justice Project (3 credits)

**seminar course options
LAW 529 – Mindful and Pro-Identity (3 credits)
LAW 640 – Trump and the Law (3 credits)
LAW 656 – Privacy: Theories and History (3 credits)

***research/writing options
LAW 977 – Pro Se Civil Litigation Practicum (3 credits)
LAW 956 – Introduction to Appellate Advocacy (3 credits)
LAW 920 – Community Justice Clinic (3 credits)

Departmental Honors Requirements

Senior philosophy majors may apply for the philosophy honors program if they have an overall GPA of 3.000 or higher, have a GPA of 3.250 or higher in their philosophy courses (including at least 2 advanced philosophy courses taken at UB), and have already completed at least 50% of the requirements for their major.

Philosophy majors complete their major “with distinction” if their final philosophy GPA is at least 3.250, “with high distinction” if their final philosophy GPA is at least 3.500, and “with highest distinction” if their final philosophy GPA is at least 3.750.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Philosophy BA/Law JD degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 33
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)90
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Undergraduate Liberal Arts Electives 18
Total Credits Required for Degree 181

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jun 29, 2022 13:27:04