Dual degree programs give you a career advantage: reduce the total time required to earn two degrees by up to a year.
Many law students simultaneously pursue both the J.D. degree and a Ph.D. or master’s degree. There are several advantages. First is the opportunity to acquire a broad understanding of the functions of law in society by integrating different disciplinary perspectives. Second, students can count some courses toward both programs and reduce the total time required to earn both degrees by up to a year.
After matriculation, the Law School will accept up to nine credit hours of law-related graduate courses in other departments toward the J.D. The participating departments will count law courses for at least 10 percent of their degree requirements to accelerate the course of study. Students wishing to pursue both a J.D. and a graduate degree should contact the Law School Office of Admissions and any other relevant UB department.
The Law School and the School of Social Work offer a four-year dual degree program leading to both a J.D. and an MSW degree. The program integrates professional legal and social work training to prepare students for leadership roles as lawyers, social workers or administrators in government or human services agencies.
The oldest and largest dual degree program is the J.D./MBA, offered jointly by the School of Management and the Law School for students interested in careers in law and business. Students can apply by completing the J.D./MBA application.
This program offers advanced skills and expertise to prepare students for leadership roles in the global economy. The Law School and the Department of Economics offer an accelerated program leading to both a J.D. and a master’s degree in applied economics in 3 1⁄2 years.
The Law School and the Department of Library and Information Studies offer a collaborative program in legal information management and analysis that leads to both a J.D. and a master of library science degree. Students trained in the dual-degree program learn a practical model of law librarianship.
The Law School and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have designed a six-year course of study that allows students to accelerate their studies to receive the J.D. and PharmD degrees. This combination provides the scientific and legal training to excel in careers in biotechnology, intellectual property and the pharmaceutical industry.
The Law School and the School of Architecture and Planning have designed a four-year dual degree that leads to both a J.D. and a master’s degree in urban planning. Students completing this program are uniquely prepared for administration and public lawyering.
Students interesting in pursuing a Ph.D. and J.D. will find a supportive environment at the University at Buffalo School of Law. Through the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and the interdisciplinary tradition at the Law School, students have the ability to combine any graduate degree program that the University offers with their J.D. Students pursuing this intensive combined degree program will find support among the faculty and administration at the Baldy Center.