Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at the School of Law.
Our innovative Cross-Border Legal Studies LL.M. Program, the first of its kind in the United States, recognizes the increasingly global nature of legal practice and the need for skilled attorneys to guide clients through their cross-border interactions.
Located just 20 minutes from Canada, the US’s largest trading partner, the School of Law is uniquely situated to provide students with exposure to cross-border legal issues both inside and outside the classroom. A strong network of alumni based in Buffalo, New York and Ontario, Canada engage in a wide range of cross-border legal practice including trade, tax, immigration, real estate, and corporate and transactional work. These practitioners serve as community partners in the program and informal mentors to LL.M. students throughout the course of their studies. In addition, each student is assigned an academic advisor to provide one-on-one guidance throughout the program.
Admission to the program requires a first degree in law. In addition to the capstone course, admitted students select four courses from over 30 offerings relevant to cross-border legal studies including international business, tax, corporate, immigration, trade and environment-related topics. International students will additionally take a legal research and writing class and a course that introduces the United States legal system. The remainder of the students’ coursework will comprise electives from the entirety of the law school’s course offerings.