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Criminology BA/Law JD - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 22.09 CRIMINOLOGY, CIP: 45.0401 Criminology)

Department of Sociology

430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Robert Adelman
Department Chair

Dr. Kristen Schultz Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies

School of Law

School of Law
Office of Admissions
309 O’Brian Hall

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Becoming a Criminology BA/Law JD Student

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 Criminology major requirements will be met by the end of the their junior year or to arrange for an agreement in writing to accept courses take 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 3.500;
  • An LSAT score at or above the median LSAT for the School of Law’s previous year’s enrolled class OR GRE scores at or above the 70th percentile on the Verbal Reasoning section and at or above the 40th percentile on the Quantitative Reasoning section;
  • 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), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2019 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average GPA range from 90-96, an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT score of 1180-1350.
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 seeking admission to the program must have an overall GPA of 2.​000 or better.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Current UB students applying to the program must have an overall GPA of 2.000 or better.

Suggested Introductory Courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 206 Social Problems
SOC 307 Criminology

Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:05:39