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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA/Law JD - Applying to the Program

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

Becoming a Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA/Law JD Student

For the undergraduate portion of the degree current UB students should complete the pre-requisite courses no later than the end of their freshman year. To be eligible for admission to the Social Sciences BA students are required to attain a grade of “C” or better in each pre-requisite course and have minimum UB grade point average of 2.00. Please note: A student must have a minimum UB grade point average of 3.5 to be eligible for admission to the JD.

During the fall of their junior year, Accelerated BA to Law JD students should consult with their academic advisor to ensure that all core and social sciences interdisciplinary major requirements will be met by the end of the their junior year or to arrange for an agreement in writing to accept courses taken at the School of Law as satisfying any remaining major or minor requirement(s).

To be eligible for matriculation to the School of Law, Accelerated BA to Law JD students must take the LSAT no later than January of their junior year and must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA at UB of 3.5;
  • An LSAT score at or above the median LSAT for the School of Law’s previous year’s enrolled class;
  • Submit two academic letters of recommendation from members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty no later than February 1 of their junior year; and
  • Submit a Personal Statement (1-2 pages) no later than February 1 of their junior year. The statement should address (1) the student’s most significant personal experience beyond academic accomplishments, and (2) the student’s personal and career ambitions.

The School of Law reserves the right to conduct an in-person interview of the student prior to matriculating to the JD Program.

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), SAT or ACT scores and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2018 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT score of 1190-1350. The average GPA ranged from 91-96.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students must first apply to UB and meet the university’s transfer admission requirements. Newly admitted transfer students who have completed the pre-requisite requirements or who enter with 60 or more transfer credits are accepted to the major on a provisional basis. Full admission is attained through completion of any outstanding pre-requisite courses with the required grades and attaining a minimum UB grade point average of 2.00 within a specified timeframe. Please note: A student must have a minimum UB grade point average of 3.5 to be eligible for admission to the JD.

Suggested Introductory Courses

HIS 161 U. S. History I or HIS 162 U. S. History II
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

 
Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:41:41