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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Legal Studies BA/Law JD

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Course Requirements

Two English Courses (6 credits)

JD First Year Requirements (32 credits)

  • LAW 509 - Torts Credits: 4
  • LAW 501 - Civil Procedure Credits: 4
  • LAW 507 - Property Credits: 4
  • LAW 515 - Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I Credits: 4
  • LAW 503 - Contracts Credits: 4
  • LAW 505 - Criminal Law Credits: 4
  • LAW 511 - Constitutional Law Credits: 4
  • LAW 516 - Legal Analysis, Writing and Research II Credits: 3
  • LAW 500 - Professional Identity Credits: 1

JD Second and Third Year Requirements (58 credits)

  • LAW 564 - Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Credits: 3
  • LAW Experiential Course(s) (6 Credits)
  • LAW Seminar Course (3 Credits)
  • LAW Research/Writing-intensive Course (3 credits) 
  • LAW electives at the 500-level or above (43 credits)

Experiential Course options

  • LAW 523 - Judicial Externship
  • LAW 567 - Lawyers as Change Agents
  • LAW 637 - Corporate Negotiations
  • LAW 686 - Attorney for the Child
  • LAW 817 - International Arbitration

Seminar Course options

  • LAW 639 - 9th Amendment
  • LAW 695 - Land Use Planning
  • LAW 822 - Gender, Sexuality, and Law

Research/Writing Course options

  • LAW 722 - Intensive Research & Writing Sports Law
  • LAW 762 - Adv Topics in Law & Society
  • LAW 956 - Introduction to Appellate Advocacy


*Continuation in the major will be contingent on completing PSC 101  and HIS 161  or HIS 162  with a minimum grade of C in each

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 42-43

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 7-8 undergraduate elective credits

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 90

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 90

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 180

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 in the undergraduate major. All courses taken by a student that are included in the Legal Studies BA curriculum will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student’s major GPA. The Legal Studies BA may not be combined with any other undergraduate major to form a joint major.  Students pursuing a double major may use a maximum of two advanced (300 or 400 level) courses towards both undergraduate majors. For example a student completing a double major between Legal Studies and sociology may take only two advanced level sociology courses for completion of the Legal Studies major.

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Legal Studies major.

Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy

At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB. Courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Legal Studies major.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15-16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16-17

Second Year Fall

  • Analytical Skills Course Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy 1 Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • ENG 200/300/400 Level Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

  • Scientific Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Lab Credits: 1
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • PSC 301 /PSC 302 /PSC 303  Advanced Course Credits: 3
  • Advanced Course Credits: 3
  • ENG 300/400 level course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

  • Communication Literacy II Credits: 3
  • Advanced Course Credits: 3
  • Advanced Course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 12

First Year JD Fall

  • LAW 515LEC - Legal Analys, Writing & Res I Credits: 4
  • LAW 501LEC - Civil Procedure Credits: 4
  • LAW 509LEC - Torts Credits: 4
  • LAW 507LEC - Property Credits: 4
  • LAW 500TUT- Professional Identity Credits: 0

Total Credits: 16

First Year JD Spring

  • LAW 505LEC - Criminal Law Credits: 4
  • LAW 503LEC - Contracts Credits: 4
  • LAW 511LEC - Constitutional Law 1 Credits: 4
  • LAW 516LEC - Legal Analys, Writing & Res II Credits: 3
  • LAW 500TUT - Professional Identity Credits: 1 

Total Credits: 16

Second and Third Year JD

  • LAW 564LEC - Legal Ethics and Pro Respon Credits: 3
  • LAW Experiential Elective Credits: 6
  • LAW Seminar Elective Credits: 3
  • LAW Research Writing Elective Credits: 3
  • LAW 500+ Electives Credits: 43

Total Credits: 58

Total Credits Required: 180

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the US Constitution, impact of the US Constitution on American law and life, the evolution of constitutional interpretation, and the role of the courts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the systems through which law is created, changed and administered; law in transnational contexts, the institutions of the law and law as a social phenomenon; the law’s dynamic relation with health, welfare, and the environment.
  • Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to politics, 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.
  • Apply professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession in the appropriate cultural and social context.


(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP45.0101 Social Sciences, General)


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