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UB BA/J.D. Applicants

Take advantage of all that the School of Law has to offer as early as your freshman year.

Undergraduate students at partner institutions are encouraged to accelerate their course of study by completing their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor in just six years of full-time study, saving students one year’s worth of time and tuition. The School of Law has established a BA/Law J.D. program with the following UB Departments:

  • Department of English
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of History
  • Social Science Interdisciplinary Program - Legal Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • School of Law (Undergraduate BA in Law)

We have developed specific programming for all BA/Law J.D. combined degree “pipeline” students that includes:

  • An annual BA/Law J.D. Networking Reception to be held Fall 2019
  • "A Day in the Life: Law School Edition" where you will attend a law class, tour O’Brian Hall, hear from Career Services, and meet with law students
  • Participate in our LSAT Prep Events

Eligibility Requirements for Progression to the School of Law's J.D. Program

In order to progress to the first-year (1L) School of Law curriculum in what would otherwise be one’s senior year, UB BA/Law J.D. combined degree students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 90 credits through residency, Advanced Placement, or transfer credits, including:
    • undergraduate core curriculum as defined by the undergraduate institution;
    • all course requirements of the undergraduate department(s) or program(s) in which the student is majoring or who have an agreement in writing with those departments or programs to accept courses taken in the School of Law’s J.D. program as satisfying major(s) requirements.
  • An overall/cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above;
  • An LSAT score at or above the median LSAT for the School of Law’s previous year’s enrolled class (154 in fall 2019) OR GRE scores at or above the 70th percentile on the Verbal Reasoning section and at or above the 40th percentile on the Quantitative Reasoning section;
  • Two academic recommendation letters and;
  • 1 1/2 – 2 page (double-spaced, 12-point font) statement addressing (1) your most significant personal experience beyond academic accomplishments, and (2) your career ambitions.

Eligible UB students must take the LSAT or GRE no later than January of their junior year and submit the BA/Law J.D. Requirements for Progression Form no later than February 1 of their junior year. The School of Law reserves the right to request and conduct an in-person interview prior to progression to the School of Law curriculum.

Important Note:  UB BA/Law J.D. combined degree students are not required to apply through the Law School Admission Council.

BA/Law J.D. combined degree students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will be advised by CAS Advising Services when entering the University and should contact cas-advisor@buffalo.edu with advising-related questions.

BA/Law J.D. combined degree students majoring in Law will be advised by the School of Law’s Advising Services and should contact law-undergraduate@buffalo.edu with advising-related questions.

Combined degree students are strongly encouraged to consult regularly with their academic advisor regarding undergraduate curricular requirements.

Departmental Contacts

Important

Students who withdraw or fail to successfully complete the first year of law school must complete the bachelor’s degree through their undergraduate department.

UB BA/Law J.D. Combined Degree students may request conferral of their BA degree after successful completion of the first year law curriculum. Please contact your undergraduate department for instructions.