Jun 09, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

History BA/Law JD

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Admission Criteria

To be eligible for matriculation to the School of Law, Accelerated BA to Law JD students must meet the Law JD Admission Criteria  

Course Requirements

Twelve History Courses (36 credits)

  • Eight of the twelve HIS courses must be at the 300/400 level (24 credits), including at least two 400-level HIS seminars.
  • At least one course, at any level, must be taken from each of the four different breadth areas below.
    • It is recommended that students take 100 and 200-level courses that satisfy the breadth requirement in the first two years.

Asian, African Continent, or Latin American History of Any Period (AAL)

US History (USH)

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 Year and Third Year Curriculum (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 Options

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


Breadth requirement: A course that seems to fall into two breadth areas may be used to satisfy the requirement of one area.  A course used to fulfill a requirement for a double major, joint major, or a minor in another subject may not also fulfill a requirement for the history major.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 36

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

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

Each HIS course must be completed with a minimum grade of C- (1.667), to count toward the History BA requirements.  An overall grade point average of at least 2.150 in courses counting toward the history requirements is required to graduate. UB Seminars (198/199 courses) may not count toward major requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students majoring in history may receive credit for up to five history courses (15 credit hours) but must take seven upper-level history courses, including the two 400-level seminars, at UB. Transfer courses will be evaluated and will only be applicable to the BA if they directly articulate to or otherwise satisfy one of the History BA requirements.

Program Honors

Majors who complete at least four history courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.330 (B+) or who have a letter of support from a faculty member willing to supervise their project are eligible to apply for admission to the History department Honors Program. Students participate in HIS 497  and HIS 497  and produce a substantial thesis based on primary source research. 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
  • HIS 100 or 200-level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • HIS 100 or 200-level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • HIS 100 or 200-level Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • Math & Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • HIS 300-level Credits: 3
  • HIS 300-level (breadth) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • HIS 300/400-level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • HIS 300/400-level Credits: 3

Total Credits: 13

Third Year Fall

  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • HIS 400 level Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • HIS 400 level Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 2

Total Credits: 14

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:

  • Develop historical information: events; people; range of social, legal, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental factors; change over time
  • Assess and challenge historical narratives and viewpoints
  • Hone critical thinking and reading skills
  • Communicate proficiently in both written and oral form.
    • Develop writing and analytical skills associated with the evaluation of data or patterns of argument
    • Present a predictive analysis and a persuasive argument orally
  • Identify relevant legal and factual issues; develop and undertake legal research; and employ these skills in legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.
    • Construct historical arguments
    • Present research findings clearly, analyze primary and secondary sources
  • 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

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