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Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Legal Studies (JLS)

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670
Ph: 716-645-2245 x0
F: 716-645-3640
W: sscidp.buffalo.edu
Susan L. Smith, PhD
Director

Law

319 O’Brian Hall
North
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ph: 716-645-2052
F: 716-645-5958
W: www.law.buffalo.edu

The Learning Environment

Legal Studies is one of six concentration areas in the undergraduate Social Sciences Interdisciplinary major. The major examines the development of law and the legal process. For more information on this undergraduate major please see the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs – Legal Studies Concentration.

The University at Buffalo Law School is not affiliated with the Legal Studies concentration of the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs. However, the Law School does offer undergraduate courses on the American legal system which students from across the disciplines find interesting (course code JLS). Some of these courses are used in the Legal Studies curriculum.

About Our Facilities

Law classes are taught in specific classrooms designated for the department.

About Our Faculty

We maintain a low faculty to students ratio. Many of our faculty members are nationally prominent and hold advanced degrees in the social sciences and other disciplines, in addition to their law degrees. Their scholarship is published widely, and they bring a wealth of practice and policy experience to the Law School.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree website for additional information about our faculty.

JLS Courses


  • JLS 130LEC American Jury Trials
    Lecture

    Analyzes the American jury trial by examining its various phases. Reveals the practical aspects of civil and criminal litigation. A major portion of the syllabus is devoted to pre- and post-trial strategies that may profoundly affect a case's judicial disposition, and to understanding how and why the legal system resolves a surprisingly small percentage of controversies by jury trials. Guest lecturers lend their expertise to the course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • JLS 131LEC The Family and the Law
    Lecture

    Law as it affects daily life through the regulation of the family. Examines such issues as child custody, adoption, state regulation of marriage, divorce, and domestic violence through use of historical, sociological, and anthropological materials, in addition to analyzing case law and statutes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • JLS 132LEC Local Government Law and Politics
    Lecture

    Introduces the structure of local governments, theories of local political decision-making, and laws relating to local decision makers. Also examines a few specific areas of local concern as case studies to determine whether the decision-making models conform to reality. These areas include public libraries, property taxes, school boards, sewers, and zoning. When appropriate, local decision-makers are invited to speak.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • JLS 133LEC Law and the Consumer
    Lecture

    Explores modern consumer trends and relevant legal doctrines; the nature of consumer transactions; credit practices, credit repair, debt collection, contract abuses, and statutory remedies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • JLS 145LEC Urban Development, Law, and Policy
    Lecture

    Acquaints students with the developmental patterns of cities, gives them a basic understanding of city government forms and how these fit into the state and national governmental systems, and focuses on cities from three perspectives: 1) spatial growth and development, 2) governmental structure and lawmaking authority, and (3) policies that shaped cities or were designed to change them in some way.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • JLS 201LEC Introduction to Law and Legal Process
    Lecture

    Examines the legal system and the relationships between the judiciary and other parts of our political order, as well as between federal and state governments. Also explores selected issues within the broader social policy areas of individual and civil rights and government regulations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670
Ph: 716-645-2245 x0
F: 716-645-3640
W: sscidp.buffalo.edu
Susan L. Smith, PhD
Director

Law

319 O’Brian Hall
North
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ph: 716-645-2052
F: 716-645-5958
W: www.law.buffalo.edu
Published: November 16, 2017 08:32:58 AM