Here’s what you need to know about applying to our academic programs.
The Office of Admissions is available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for appointments by phone and video meetings.
Note: All admission decisions are final. Appeals will not be considered.
The University at Buffalo’s J.S.D. degree is designed for the student who has already earned a first law degree (a J.D. or LL.B.) and an LL.M. degree, who has strong English language skills, and who already has identified a well-defined research problem to pursue. The requirement of an LL.M. may be waived where an applicant with an outstanding academic record has demonstrated the capacity to undertake sophisticated scholarly research by submitting original written work of high quality.
Applicants are required to submit the following:
* Graduates of an academic degree program taught in English may seek waiver of the submission of English proficiency scores from the University’s Office of International Admissions.
No standardized test of ability or knowledge will be required. All applicants will be permitted to submit a sample of scholarly writing. Any applicant wishing to be considered for admission to the J.S.D. without an LL.M. will be required to submit a sample of scholarly writing. All such applicants for admission to the J.S.D. program will also be considered for admission to the LL.M. program.
The Admissions Committee collects and reviews JSD application materials for priority consideration September 1 through February 1. Applications submitted after the February 1 priority deadline will be considered only as space allows. Applications are put into review with the Admissions Committee as they become complete, and final decisions are usually made within four to six weeks of the February 1 priority deadline. Important: It is essential to submit all required documents. Incomplete applications will not go into review with the Admissions Committee.
Completed applications to the J.S.D. degree program will be evaluated by the program director and a Graduate Admissions Committee. Consideration will be given not only to each applicant’s achievements and promise, but also to their research interests as described in the applicant’s draft thesis proposal. No student will be admitted to the program unless one member of the faculty agrees beforehand to act as thesis advisor, and a second faculty member agrees to serve as a second reader.