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Political Science BA/Law JD

(HEGIS: 22.07 POLITICAL SCI & GOVERN, CIP: 45.1001 Political Science and Government, General)

Why study Political Science BA/Law JD at UB?

The Political Science Department offers a broad range of courses that develop students’ research, writing and reasoning skills, and critical thinking skills. To build upon and refine these skills, many political science majors go on to pursue advanced degrees in law. The Accelerated BA to Law JD Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate political science students to accelerate their course of study by completing their Bachelor of Arts in political science and Juris Doctorate 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:

  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate substantive and procedural law, the democratic political system, and government policies
  • 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 political and legal issues and problems.
    • Engage in theoretically-informed interpretations of political, social, and legal ideas and phenomena.
  • Communicate proficiently in both written and oral form.
    • Develop writing skills to intellectually communicate ideas and research findings about political and legal topics.
    • Develop the ability to effectively take a position and defend an argument against criticism.
    • 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

About Our Facilities

How instruction is delivered throughout the political science department varies based on the course level. Introductory courses can be large (more than 200 students). Smaller courses (under 50 students), can admit of a mixture of both lecture and discussion. With independent study or internship offerings, students meet one-on-one with a faculty member. Some courses require a lab. Remote courses are typically offered every semester and over the winter term and the summer.

The department of political science has two dedicated classroom spaces within the department that are used for upper-division seminars. Other classes are held in centrally-scheduled instructional facilities across UB’s North Campus.

University at Buffalo School of Law is ABA-accredited with a fully equipped law library and many classrooms ranging in size from seminar rooms seating a dozen to lecture halls seating 120. The Law Library offers collections of legal information resources 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 located on the North Campus spine.

About Our Faculty

The department of political science has two dedicated classroom spaces within the department that are used for upper-division seminars. Other classes are held in centrally-scheduled instructional facilities across UB’s North Campus.

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 Political Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

See the School of Law School directory.

Career Outlook

Generally, law school graduates obtain employment as a practicing lawyer or as 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

After acceptance into the combined degree, students may consult with a political science departmental advisor for assistance in understanding departmental and university requirements for the degree. Advisor office hours are posted at the department office, 520 Park Hall. The department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies or Undergraduate Coordinator will be happy to help you navigate departmental requirements as you work toward satisfying a particular concentration within the major, or if you have questions about transfer credits, internship opportunities, or graduate study in political science.

The School of Law provides one-on-one faculty advising all three years. Despite the fixed first-year law 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 Antoine Yoshinaka
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science
Email Dr. Yoshinaka

Pamela Menshel
Undergraduate Coordinator, Political Science
Email Pamela Menshel

Law does not have an advising office, but a faculty advisor is assigned prior to law orientation.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Political science does not offer any department-specific scholarships or avenues for financial support.

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.

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:56:30