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Law BA/Law JD - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 14.00 LAW UNCLASSIFIED, CIP: 22.0000 Legal Studies, General)

School of Law

405B O'Brian Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

James G. Milles
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Professor of Law

Melinda Saran
Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Law BA/Law JD Program

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer processes are guided by overall University at Buffalo policies on transfer credit.

For the major, there may be students who graduate from a community college program that touches on some aspects of law (e.g., Paralegal, Legal Administration). We will evaluate coursework of all students transferring to UB with coursework in these areas to identify all coursework that would meet any Law major course requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses required for admission to the Law BA/Law JD program.

Required Courses

Undergraduate Major Required Courses (12 credits):

LAW 101 Introduction to American Legal Institutions
LAW 201 Common Law
LAW 202 Public Law
LAW 301 Legal Reasoning

Electives in the major (30 credits):

A.    Intermediate Law Course (select 3 courses, totaling 9 credits)

Other law electives as developed by Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies and approved by Undergraduate Associate Deans.

*denotes LAW 101 and LAW 201 as pre-requisites

B.    Advanced Law Seminars (select 2 courses, totaling 6 credits)

*denotes LAW 101 and LAW 201 as pre-requisites

C.    Critical Reasoning Methods (select 1 course, totaling 3 credits at the 100 or 200-level

D.    Problems and Issues (select 1 course, totaling 3 credits at the 300-level or above)

E.    Systems and Contexts (select 1 course, totaling 3 credits at the 300-level or above)

F.    Subject Focus Courses. Select two courses from among the following list, or one course from the following list and one additional course from list C, D. or E, for a total of 6 credits:

Graduate Major Required Courses:

JD – First-Year Requirements

LAW 509 – Torts (4 credits)
LAW 501 – Civil Procedure (4 credits)
LAW 507 – Property (4 credits)
LAW 515 – Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I (4 credits)
LAW 503 – Contracts (4 credits)
LAW 505 – Criminal Law (4 credits)
LAW 511 – Constitutional Law (4 credits)
LAW 516 – Legal Analysis, Writing and Research II (3 credits)

JD – Second-Year and Third-Year Curriculum

LAW 564 – Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
LAW experiential elective (6 credits) (see experiential list below)*
LAW seminar elective (3 credits) (see seminar list below)**
LAW research or writing-intensive elective (3 credits) (see research/writing list below)***
LAW free electives (44 credits)

*experiential course options

  • LAW 523 – Judicial Externship (3 credits)
  • LAW 567 – Greening Buffalo (3 credits)
  • LAW 637 – Corporate Negotiations (3 credits)
  • LAW 828 – Innocence and Justice Project (3 credits)

**seminar course options

  • LAW 529 – Mindful and Pro-Identity (3 credits)
  • LAW 640 – Trump and the Law (3 credits)
  • LAW 656 – Privacy: Theories and History (3 credits)

***research/writing options

  • LAW 977 – Pro Se Civil Litigation Practicum (3 credits)
  • LAW 956 – Introduction to Appellate Advocacy (3 credits)
  • LAW 920 – Community Justice Clinic (3 credits)

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Law BA/Law JD degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 42
Credits Required for Major (Graduate) 90
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Undergraduate Liberal Arts Electives8
Total Credits Required for Degree180

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: Nov 11, 2020 14:30:23