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Legal Studies BA/Law JD - Program Requirements

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

Completing the Legal Studies BA/Law JD Program

Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements for the BA

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 in the undergraduate major. All courses used in the major will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if the curriculum requires a student to select two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

Academic Advice

Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g. PSC 303 may be applied to part A or part B of the advanced section but not to both)

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the Legal Studies major will be accepted to meet major requirements. Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any non-articulated transfer or exam credit may be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of the coursework for the undergraduate component of the BA/JD must be completed at UB.

Prerequisite Courses

HIS 161 United States History I or HIS 162 United States History II
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
Both prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better

Required Courses

Undergraduate Requirements

HIS 161 United States History I or HIS 162 United States History II
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

One introductory course from the following list:

  • AAS 293 Race, Law and Society
  • APY 262 Anthropology and Justice
  • GGS 325 Violence in a Gendered World
  • HIS 216 Crime and Punishment in America
  • PHI 105 Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHI 162 Law, Morality and Authority
  • PHI 238 Philosophy of Law
  • PSC 215 Law and the Political Process
  • PSC 225 Equality and Justice in the United States

One English course at the 200, 300 or 400 level. Course cannot be ENG 301, ENG 495, ENG 496, ENG 497, ENG 498, ENG 499.

One English course at the 300 or 400 level. Course cannot be ENG 301, ENG 495, ENG 496, ENG 497, ENG 498, ENG 499.

One Analytical Skills course from the following list:

  • CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
  • PHI 115 Critical Thinking
  • PSC 200 Empirical Political Science
  • PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
  • SOC 293 Social Research Methods
  • SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
  • SSC 213 Social Research Methods
  • STA 119 Statistical Methods

Seven Advanced Courses

A. Choose one of the following advanced courses:

B. Choose six of the following advanced courses**:

**Students must take courses from at least two different departments in the advanced courses sections. A course may be used to meet a requirement in only one section of the advanced courses.

JD Requirements

LAW 509 Torts 
LAW 501 Civil Procedure
LAW 507 Property
LAW 515 Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I
LAW 503 Contracts
LAW 505 Criminal Law
LAW 511 Constitutional Law 
LAW 516 Legal Analysis, Writing and Research II
LAW 564 – Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
LAW experiential elective(see experiential list below)*
LAW seminar elective (see seminar list below)**
LAW research or writing-intensive elective(see research/writing list below)***
LAW free electives (44 credits)

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

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

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

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the Legal Studies major is eligible for departmental honors based on her/his major grade point average (GPA). All courses completed in the major are used to calculate the major GPA. Honors levels are Distinction with a GPA of 3.250 to 3.490, High Distinction with a GPA of 3.500 to 3.740 and Highest Distinction with a GPA of 3.750 or higher. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major must be completed at UB to be eligible for department honors.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Legal Studies BA/Law JD degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 42
Credits Required for Major (Graduate) 90
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum40
Additional Undergraduate Liberal Arts Elective Credits 13
Total Credits Required for Degree 185

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: May 27, 2022 11:52:45