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Legal Studies BA/Law JD

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Legal Studies BA/Law JD at UB?

The Accelerated BA to Law JD Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate Legal Studies BA students to accelerate their course of study by completing their Bachelor of Arts 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:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the US Constitution, impact of the US Constitution on American law and life, the evolution of constitutional interpretation, and 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.
  • Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to politics, social structure, race, gender, and class.
  • Communicate proficiently in both written and oral form.
    • Develop writing and analytical skills associated with the evaluation of data or patterns of argument.
    • Develop the ability to effectively construct and evaluate arguments for and against competing claims.
    • Present a predictive analysis and a persuasive argument orally.
  • 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 social, political, and legal issues and problems.
    • Engage in theoretical interpretation of philosophy, social, and legal ideas and phenomena.
  • 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

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

Legal Studies undergraduate major is administered 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.

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

Students in the Legal Studies BA program 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 several adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields as well as one full-time clinical assistant professor. They provide a diverse selection of courses related to their areas of expertise. There is one teaching assistant in the program who is responsible for teaching social research methods each semester.

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 Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs 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 2019, our overall placement rate was 85% with 83% of those employed working as a practicing lawyer and an additional 16% in JD Preferred Jobs. 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

Admission to the undergraduate component and advisement for BA/JD students are coordinated through the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. 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.

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

Please call the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program office at (716) 645-2245 ext. 0 to make an appointment with an advisor.

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

Scholarships and Financial Support

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

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: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:59