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

Criminology BA/Law JD

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Course Requirements

JD First Year Requirements (32 credits)

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

JD Second and Third Year Requirements (58 credits)

  • LAW 564 - Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • 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


*May substitute PSY 350  or SSC 213  with the addition of 3 credit hours of sociology electives

**May substitute CEP 207 ECO 380 NSG 295 PSC 408 PSY 207 , or STA 119  and STA 119  with the addition of 3 credit hours of sociology electives

***May count SOC 495  once, for 3 credits, as an elective course

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 37

Additional Undergraduate Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements.
  • At least 17 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

Minimum grade of C required in SOC 101 SOC 206 SOC 293 SOC 294 SOC 307  and SOC 317  , or approved substitutes.

Transfer credit policy:  The department accepts up to 5 transferred classes or up to 16 credit hours (whichever limit is reached first) of appropriate sociology/criminology courses toward the major requirements. Course descriptions and syllabi may need to be provided.

Program Honors

Students eligible to enroll in Program Honors have junior or senior standing, achieve a department and overall GPA of at least 3.25 and complete six (6) honors credits in the department, normally over two semesters. 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

Total Credits: 15-16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16-17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective (3XX/4XX) Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective (3XX/4XX) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

  • Criminology Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1
  • Liberal Arts and Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective (3XX/4XX) Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective (3XX/4XX) Credits: 2

Total Credits: 12

First Year JD Fall

  • LAW 515LEC - Legal Analys, Writing and Res I Credits: 4
  • LAW 501LEC - Civil Procedure Credits: 4
  • LAW 505LEC - Criminal Law Credits: 4
  • LAW 507LEC - Property Credits: 4 
  • LAW 500TUT- Professional Identity Credits: 0

Total Credits: 16

First Year JD Spring

  • LAW 509LEC - Torts Credits: 4
  • LAW 503LEC - Contracts Credits: 4
  • LAW 511LEC - Constitutional Law 1 Credits: 4
  • LAW 516LEC - Legal Analys, Writing and 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 Free 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 completion of the Accelerated BA Criminology to Law JD, students should be able to:

Identify major research methods, and compare and contrast the utility and relevance of a range of methods to study different social and legal issues.

Obtain knowledge of basic social science statistical methods and be able to conduct basic statistical analyses.

Identify and understand key criminological theories, as well as key findings from criminological research.

Think critically and sociologically about crime and criminality

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, criminal 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. 

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: 22.09 CRIMINOLOGY, CIP45.0401 Criminology)


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