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

Sociology BA/Law JD

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Course Requirements

Eight SOC Electives (24 credits)

Seven of the eight electives must be at the 300/400 level.***

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


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

**May substitute CEP 207 ECO 380 PSC 408 PSY 207 , or STA 119 /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 Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Additional undergraduate elective credits to reach 90 undergraduate credits total.

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 all Sociology classes:SOC 101 SOC 293 SOC 294 SOC 349 , or approved substitutes.

Minimum major GPA of 2.000.

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 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: 16

First Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • SOC 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

  • Communication and Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • SOC 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • SOC 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

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:

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 analysis

Be able to describe the significance of social theory to society, compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations, and apply some basic theories to social and legal issues

Be able to critically examine the social factors-i.e., social institutions, policies, practices, norms, and beliefs-that shape major realms of human life. 


Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to 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.

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: 22.08 SOCIOLOGY, CIP45.1101 Sociology)


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