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

English BA/Law JD


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Course Requirements


Three ENG courses at the 200 level (9 credits)


Five English Elective Courses (15 credits)


Distributed as follows:

  • Four ENG/COL 300/400 level elective courses, excluding ENG Communication Literacy 2 courses (ENG 350  through ENG 359 ) (12 credits)
  • One ENG 400-level elective course, neither an internship nor an independent study can fulfill this requirement (3 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

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 39


Additional Degree Requirements Include:


  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements.
  • At least 11 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.

Program Honors


English majors can enter the Honors Program in one of two ways: Students with a 3.500 GPA or higher within the major can apply directly to the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Any English major who has a 3.800 GPA within the major, with grades in at least two 200-level and three 300-level English courses may, upon application, enter immediately into the Honors Program. Students must complete one English honors seminar (3 credits) and one senior thesis. Students complete the honors thesis in one or two semesters (3-6 credits). 

Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their 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


  • UB Seminar Credits: 3
  • ENG 200-level Credits: 3
  • ENG 200-level Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4 OR Pathway Credits: 3
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4

Total Credits: 16 or 17


First Year Spring


Total Credits: 15 or 16


Second Year Fall


  • Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • Early Lit Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15


Second Year Spring


  • Early Literature Course Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16


Third Year Fall


  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • ENG 300/400-level Credits: 3
  • Breadth of Literary Study Credits: 3
  • Early Lit Course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15


Third Year Spring


Total Credits: 13


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 have knowledge to:

  • Think, read, speak, and above all write critically and creatively
  • Be able to read in detail and in cultural context
  • Understand critical methods and theoretical concepts
  • Gain an understanding of periods and genres
  • Develop ability to articulate an idea lucidly and persuasively in writing
  • Develop skills for doing research and deployed evidence appropriately
  • Appreciate aesthetic experience
  • Fulfill professional values and ethical responsibilities to clients, the legal system, and the public
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate substantive and procedural law
  • Apply professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession in the appropriate cultural and social context

 

(HEGIS: 15.01 ENGLISH- GENERAL, CIP23.0101 English Language and Literature, General)

 

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