Founded in 1887, the SUNY Buffalo Law School - the only law
school in the State University of New York (SUNY) system - draws on
a long tradition of achievement and excellence.
Widely recognized as the leading public law school in the Northeast, SUNY Buffalo Law School provides the strong foundation and the cutting-edge tools law graduates need to succeed in a competitive legal marketplace. The Law School’s full-time faculty draws upon a broad range of educational and work experiences. Low tuition, combined with financial aid, makes a law degree from SUNY Buffalo Law accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds.
The Law School's special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, public service, and legal skills makes SUNY Buffalo Law School unique among the nation's premier public law schools. Its dual degree programs combine legal studies for a J.D. with concurrent studies for a Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.W., M.P.H., M.U.P., Pharm.D., or other master's degree.
Several interdisciplinary legal research centers energize SUNY Buffalo Law's intellectual environment and serve as catalysts for law reform, including the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy; Jaeckle Center for State and Local Democracy; Buffalo Human Rights Center; and the Center for the Study of Business Transactions.
For lawyers looking to take their career to the next level, the Law School also offers a post- professional LL.M. degree program in criminal law and a general LL.M. degree.
SUNY Buffalo Law School's innovative curriculum provides opportunities for students to encounter the diversity of lawyers' practices in order to create thoughtful, knowledgeable graduates. Students learn to view legal problems from multiple perspectives and, guided by faculty, creatively explore the intersection of theory and actual practice.
First Year: The first-year curriculum retains the traditional core of introductory courses (Torts, Contracts, Property, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law), and incorporates opportunities for students to test and apply doctrinal principles in realistic settings. Students also have a two-semester course in Research and Writing during their first year of law school.
Second Year: In the second and third years, course sequences, programs, and concentrations provide students with a systematic progression of learning experiences designed to expose them to sophisticated analysis and challenging practice settings. Curricular programs and concentrations require at least 18 credits of dedicated course work, with programs culminating in an intensive Colloquium. Programs are offered in Environmental Law, Family Law, Finance Transactions, Housing Finance and Development, and Labor and Employment. Concentrations are offered in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, International Law, and Technology and Intellectual Property.
Clinical Legal Education
Clinics at SUNY Buffalo play an important role in the curriculum and are nationally renowned. Through clinics, students experience practical legal thinking and ethical practice through client representation, policy development, and effective problem-solving in experiential settings. Clinics include Affordable Housing; Consumer & Financial Advocacy; Environmental Law & Policy; Law and Social Work; Mediation; Elder Law; and Women, Children and Social Justice.
Practicums: Students can also gain experience through practicums such as the Criminal Law Practicum, working with both practicing lawyers and full time professors in an experience that combines rigorous academic work with direct service-learning.
Judicial Clerkships and Externships: Students may also enroll in wide range of judicial clerkships and externships that provide exceptional legal and public service experiences through for-credit work with variety of government and non-profit organizations.
During the January bridge term, upper-division students may elect up to three intensive courses focusing on lawyering skills and specialized practice areas. Bridge courses can range from litigation strategy and pretrial practice in both civil and criminal cases, to labor-management relations and family law mediation; from detailed examination of finance transactions, to law office management and client relations. These courses are taught primarily by experienced practicing attorneys or judges.
SUNY Buffalo Law graduates are employed across the country and around the world, drawing on one-to-one career services counseling and alumni mentors available to assist with networking wherever students desire to pursue their careers.