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Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs provides a broad canopy of advising, support, engagement, and resources for law students and the law school community.

From Orientation to Commencement, the Office of Student Affairs is here to help you make the most of your time at law school.

Whether you’re seeking information about bar requirements, how to plan a student activity, academic advising for individual students, requesting disability accommodations, seeking diversity programming, or available counseling resources, the Office of Student Affairs' goal is to provide an inclusive, supportive environment while promoting each student’s academic achievement, professional development, and resiliency.


Campus: 716-645-2222

Off-Campus:  Dial 911

Crisis Services: 716-834-3131

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Bernadette Gargano
Vice Dean for Student Affairs
313 O'Brian Hall, North Campus

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A Vibrant Student Life

We help to provide a rich variety of student activities, organizations, and leadership opportunities that enhance your experience.

OSA works towards creating an ever more vibrant, supportive, inclusive, and anti-racist community for our students. OSA advises and provides strategic support to our student government and student organizations.  We also plan and execute orientation, commencement, and co-curricular events.

OSA is available to:

  • Assist student groups with events and programs
  • Provide advising for student groups
  • Assist student groups with event planning and picking dates for an events
  • Provide swipe card access to student group offices
  • Facilitate participate in community and student life events

Student Organizations
Student Organizations are an integral part of the law school experience, our diverse clubs, associations, societies, boards and activities provide students an opportunity to contribute time and talent in ways that are both personally and professionally gratifying.

Our Commencement ceremony gives family, friends and colleagues an opportunity to gather and honor our School of Law graduates. Visit our Commencement page for information on how to participate in our ceremony and surrounding events.