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Sociology BA/Law JD

(HEGIS: 22.08 SOCIOLOGY, CIP: 45.1101 Sociology)

Department of Sociology

430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Robert Adelman
Department Chair

Dr. Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk
Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Law

School of Law
Office of Admissions
309 O’Brian Hall

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Why study Sociology BA/Law JD at UB?

The Sociology Department offers courses related to a wide variety of social problems and institutions including family, gender, race, social class, law, social policy, crime, health, organizations, and the environment. Sociology examines how membership in different groups and interactions with social structures and social institutions affect our daily lives. A foundation in sociology prepares students for the study of law, including the study of common issues, practices, and policies established by society. The study and analysis of law is directly linked to the analysis of the social structures to which the law applies.

The Accelerated BA to Law JD Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate Sociology 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:

  • Be able to describe the significance of social theory to society, compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations, and apply some basic theories to social and legal issues
  • Obtain knowledge of basic social science statistical methods and be able to apply statistics
  • Identify major research methods, compare and contrast the utility and relevance of a range of methods to study different social and legal issues
  • Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate substantive and procedural law
  • 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

The Sociology Department is housed in Park Hall. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls.

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 Sociology Department has an intellectually diverse and research-productive faculty that deliver high quality graduate and undergraduate mentoring and training, engage in extensive professional service, and publish research in top general and specialty journals. More than half of the Department faculty actively seek grants, and several faculty members have received awards over the years for outstanding teaching. We also have 3 Teaching Assistants and 4-5 adjuncts who teach our undergraduate courses.

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 Sociology department website for additional information about our faculty.

Please visit Law School directory for additional information about our faculty.

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

Susan Stiner advises Sociology students with a last name beginning with A-J, and Brittany Cozad is the adviser for students with last names K-Z.

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

UB BA/Law J.D. combined degree students will be advised by College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Advising Services when entering the University and should contact CAS Advising Services with advising-related questions. Combined degree students are strongly encouraged to consult regularly with their academic advisor regarding undergraduate curricular requirements.

Darren Portis advises Sociology students with a last name beginning with A-L, and Eric Streeter is the adviser for students with last names M-Z.

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

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to students in our undergraduate programs who require financial assistance to fund participation in a study abroad program. Awards are granted on a competitive basis to defray the expense of airfare for the program.

Students in our program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including: Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships, and 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 08:51:09