Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at SUNY Buffalo Law School.
As a student in the General LL.M. program, you'll create a
one-year degree program around your particular research interest.
If you're a lawyer educated outside the United States and want to
use the LL.M. to qualify to sit for the New York Bar Examination,
we encourage you to pursue a specially designed General LL.M.
Professional program. We'll take into consideration your
familiarity with other legal jurisdictions, and do our best to
facilitate your transition into the U.S. legal system.
The Criminal Law LL.M. is one of the only post-professional programs in the United States devoted exclusively to the study of criminal law. In this unique program, you'll create an individual program of study in U.S., international and comparative criminal law.
In either program, you can choose to write a more extended piece of scholarly work under the guidance of a professor.
Here at SUNY Buffalo Law School, you get:
Your goals as a student in our LL.M. program are as individual
as you are. Once you're accepted into the program, you'll talk with
the director of post-professional and international education, and
then draft an Individual Program Statement, or IPS. The IPS sets
out your goals for the academic program and for your career,
identifies strengths and weaknesses in your legal training, and
lists the courses you'll take. The IPS is a road map for reaching
your goals, and it can be revised during the academic year.
Our LL.M. students find themselves in a select program that's
part of a large and intellectually diverse law school. Everyone at
the Law School is committed to helping you connect with professors,
private practitioners, public officials at the local, county, state
and federal levels, and advocates working in non-governmental
organizations. And you'll be encouraged to explore the many ways in
which the law school connects to other departments and disciplines
in the university as well as professional organizations, public
offices and private firms.
Through SUNY Buffalo Law's Career Services Office, students have
direct access to prestigious employers across the United States.
Employers take part in recruiting and mentoring programs that
include on-campus interviews and off-campus interviews in places
like New York City and Washington, D.C. More than half of our new
lawyers accept positions outside Western New York.
Externships and judicial clerkships provide our students with unique legal and public-service experience. You can work in a variety of government and non-profit organizations, and get academic credit for that work. At the externship host offices, you'll learn how to work with a client and address the client's specific needs and goals – something that's hard to teach in a classroom.
Our students also help judges, attorneys and legislators with pressing legal questions that arise in cases; help develop public policy and legislation; and respond to citizens' inquiries or problems. You may, for example, attend court, draft an opinion for a judge or write legislation for a member of Congress.
Just minutes from Canada, UB is proud of its international character. UB ranks among the top five public research universities and 17th among all American colleges and universities in international enrollment. Our LL.M. programs have attracted candidates from Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Kosovo, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.
The Ph.D. is not a requirement for teaching at law schools in
the United States. However, at SUNY Buffalo Law School over
one-fourth of our tenured or tenure-track faculty have Ph.D.
degrees from top-ranking American universities in a wide variety of
social science disciplines, including anthropology, economics,
history, political science, psychology and sociology. On our
faculty you will find founding members of contemporary approaches
to legal education and analysis, including but not limited to the
Law and Society movement and the Critical Legal Studies movement.
These innovative pedagogical approaches to the substance and the
interpretation of law provide our students with an extraordinarily
rich intellectual experience.