Concentrations & Curricular Programs

A comprehensive range of optional programs and concentrations will distinguish you in the marketplace.

Many students pursuing the traditional three-year Juris Doctor structure their upper-division curriculum around one of seven established concentrations and curricular programs that deepen their understanding of the work lawyers do and train them to approach complex legal problems. Students are thus equipped to work on major problems and transactions from the start of their legal careers.

Curricular Concentrations

Curricular Concentrations consist of a sequence of required and elective courses selected from a substantial menu of course offerings in the chosen field.

The School of Law offers the following curricular concentrations:

Criminal Law

With a blend of lecture courses, seminars, practice and simulations, students acquire a wide variety of skills in the practical and theoretical aspects of modern criminal law.

Cross-Border Legal Studies

This concentration capitalizes on our border location to provide students with classroom and on-the-ground exposure to a wide range of cross-border legal issues including those relating to international business transactions, immigration, international trade and tax. Students choose four courses from a wide variety of offerings, and also complete a capstone experiential course which pairs them with local alumni to gain experience in cross-border legal work.

Family Law

The Concentration in Family Law introduces students to the breadth of the family law area with three required courses: Family Law, Domestic Violence Law, and Children and the Law. Through additional elective courses and practice experiences, students round out their education in the family law area. The final writing project provides students with an opportunity to more deeply explore an issue in family law under the guidance of faculty.

Intellectual Property and Privacy Law Concentration

The law is evolving to address rapid changes in technology, from computers and e-commerce to copyright, trademark and patents. In this concentration, students examine issues of ownership, use and control of technological innovations, information and knowledge.

International Law

Lawyers must understand and interpret events in countries that may have different legal systems. This concentration prepares students for careers in private or public international law. Traveling seminars offer students the opportunity to observe foreign legal systems in their native setting under expert faculty guidance. International externships are also available.

Curricular Programs

Curricular Programs are designated in fields in which the law faculty offers an unusual degree of strength and expertise and a rich variety of courses. Each program consists of a sequence of required and elective courses, and incorporates substantial course work with program faculty. Programs culminate in a small, intensive capstone or senior colloquium course designed to pull together students’ knowledge and experience. Completion of the requirements of a concentration or program distinguishes the graduate as someone with an unusual level of knowledge and mastery in the field.

Curricular programs are presently offered in the following areas:

Environmental Law

This program prepares students for environmental law practice, whether advocating for a public interest group, a corporate client, a government agency or a private citizen. Beginning with a series of core courses taught by a combination of academic and practitioner experts, students may also enroll in skills courses, cutting-edge seminars and the Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, and graduate with the skills to apply legal principles and techniques in the environmental law marketplace.

Finance & Development Program

The University at Buffalo School of Law offers students a curricular program focused on finance and the role of lawyers in business transactions, including courses with a particular focus on economic, commercial and residential development.  This Program provides a valuable foundation for students seeking to pursue careers not just in what is traditionally called corporate law, but equally importantly in a wide range of related practice areas including financial services; regulation and compliance; and private or nonprofit development.