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Undergraduate Minor in Law

The minor designation, an eighteen-credit curriculum drawn from the core courses of our existing J.D. Program, is available to undergraduate students from any major who are interested in deepening their understanding of the legal system.

Why a Minor in Law?

People in a wide range of careers encounter legal issues on a regular basis. By gaining an understanding of the basic functional areas of law, you will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace, wherever your career takes you.

  • Human resource professionals routinely encounter issues regarding employment, labor, and contract law.
  • Bankers and financiers often deal with matters involving tax, corporate law, securities, privacy law, and intellectual property.
  • Executives and administrators in creative industries encounter contract law and intellectual property isues.
  • Government employees may be responsible for implementing or complying with administrative regulations or constitutional limitations.

These and other professionals may not be required to practice in a court of law, but having some familiarity with the law will help them understand the legal requirements imposed upon them and how best to work with legal professionals when the need arises.

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Admissions

Current UB students not enrolled in the Law minor are eligible for admission if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, both overall and at UB.
  2. Completion of LAW 101, and LAW 201 or LAW 202, with a minimum average GPA of 2.5 in those courses.

Registering for the Minor

Students may enroll at any time during their undergraduate education, and should be able to complete the minor in two to four years.

Credits Required

A UB student must complete 18 credits in order to earn their Law minor. Classes are taught by full-time law faculty and practicing attorney adjunct instructors, and are primarily day classes.

Required courses:

  • 101 Intro American Legal system
  • 201 (Common Law) or 202 (Public Law)
  • Four additional upper-level courses (300- or 400-level)

Upper-level courses:

  • LAW 301: Legal Reasoning
  • LAW 302: Legal Research Methods
  • LAW 303: Lawyers and Clients
  • LAW 305: Introduction to Criminal Law
  • LAW 306: Family Law
  • LAW 307: Contract Law
  • LAW 308: Intellectual Property
  • LAW 309: Business Organizations and Business Law
  • LAW 310: Employment Law
  • LAW 311: Banking and Financial Compliance 
  • LAW 313: Sports Law
  • LAW 404: The Jury Trial
  • LAW 401: American Legal History
  • LAW 402: Law and Sexuality
  • LAW 406: Domestic Violence

Academic Advising

Melinda Saran, 614 O’Brian Hall, 716-645-6603, saran@buffalo.edu, in conjunction with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education’s Office of Student Success and Retention.