The School of Law provides a rich range of classes in both the day and evening divisions, which will fulfill the 87 credits you will need to graduate.
In addition to the first year and upper-level required curriculum, we strongly recommend that you prepare for the rigors of legal practice by enrolling in as many of the “foundational courses” as possible to give you the strongest foundation possible. In addition, you will complete upper level writing and advocacy requirements to further refine your learning.
Here are a few items to keep in mind with your course planning:
- You will take professional responsibility, evidence, and constitutional law II, and civil procedure II as an upper-level student.
- You will take at least two upper-level writing courses. This may be accomplished by taking two seminars or one workshop and one seminar.
SeminarsThe School of Law's upper-level writing requirements may be fulfilled by the completion of two research and writing projects. One project should be written during the second year (second or third year for evening students) and the other during the third year (fourth year for evening students). One writing requirement (scholarly) must be met by submission of an acceptable law review or journal article or by submission of a research paper which meets the definition set forth in the Advanced Legal Research course description (Subject to variation depending upon the faculty member, student, and topic, it is suggested that the paper format be that of a law review comment with footnotes; that it have a length of not less than 25 pages; and that the process of developing it include the scheduling of discussion and review of written scope notes, outlines, and drafts, as well as the final product) and earns a grade of C or higher in a designated course listed below, or in Advanced Legal Research.
Advanced Business Organizations Seminar Issues in Law Enforcement Seminar Advanced Topics in International & Comparative Law Law and Disabilities Seminar American Legal History Seminar Law and Religion Seminar Animal Law Seminar Law and Social Reform Seminar Capital Punishment & the Constitution Seminar Local Economic Development Seminar Civil Liberties Seminar Mediating Family Disputes: Theory & Practice Seminar Coastal Law Seminar Military Law Seminar Contemporary Legal Issues: Perspectives
on Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar
Patent, Copyright and Trademark Seminar Cyberspace Law Seminar Race and the Law Seminar Election Law Seminar Recent Supreme Court Decisions Seminar Environmental and Toxic Torts Seminar Rights of Crime Victims Seminar European Community Law Seminar Sentencing & Plea Bargaining Seminar Gender and the Law Seminar Special Topics in Law: Seminar Government Contracting Seminar Supreme Court Seminar Historic Preservation Law Seminar Tax Policy Seminar International Environmental Law Wetlands Law Seminar International Human Rights Seminar
WorkshopsA second upper-level writing requirement can be met by earning a C or higher in a course designated as a workshop, which is a limited enrollment elective course that builds on prior courses and requires students to draft documents and complex instruments through the application of substantive knowledge acquired in those prior courses.
Appellate Advocacy Workshop * Innocence Project Clinic I * Appellate Practice Clinic * Innocence Project Clinic II * Banking Law Workshop IP Current Developments Workshop Business Planning Workshop Juvenile Justice Clinic I * (eff. Fall '15) Civil Advocacy Clinic I * Juvenile Justice Clinic II * (eff. Fall '15) Civil Advocacy Clinic II * Legal Research Workshop Commercial Real Estate Workshop Legislation Workshop Community Development Clinic I * Mediation Clinic for Families I * Community Development Clinic II * Mediation Clinic for Families II * Dispute Resolution Workshop MSBA - UB Business Law Clerkship Fellow Electronic Evidence & Discovery Workshop Planning for Families & Seniors Workshop Entertainment Law Workshop Professional Sports Workshop Estate Planning Workshop (JD) Residential Real Estate Workshop Family Law Clinic I * Tax Clinic I * Family Law Clinic II * Tax Clinic II * Family Law Workshop * Tax Research & Writing Workshop (eff. Fall '15) Federal Lawyering Workshop Transactional Skills Workshop Immigrant Rights Clinic I * Veteran's Advocacy Clinic * Immigrant Rights Clinic II *
Using Journal Participation to Satisfy Writing Requirements
Students working on the Law Review may fulfill a scholarly upper-level writing requirement by completing a law review note or comment that is determined by the editorial board to be of publishable quality. They also are required to obtain a faculty member's approval that the note or comment meets the standards for a scholarly upper-level writing requirement in order for the writing requirement to be satisfied in this manner. Student members of the Law Review may complete a second scholarly writing requirement in the same manner. Law Review students who are not awarded credit for a scholarly upper-level writing requirement by the Law Review editorial board because their work is not of publishable quality must fulfill their upper-level writing requirement(s) in the same manner as non-Law Review students.
Students working on Law Forum or the Journal of Land and Development may satisfy a first or second scholarly upper-level writing requirement by completing a note or comment that is found by the editorial board of the publication to be of publishable quality and that is approved by a faculty member as meeting the criteria for the upper-level writing requirement (a minimum of 25 pages, exclusive of foot notes or end notes)
- You will take at least two credits in a course or credit activity in which the student assumes the role of a client representative.
Advanced Trial Advocacy Immigrant Rights Clinic I * Appellate Advocacy Workshop * Immigrant Rights Clinic II * Appellate Practice Clinic * Innocence Project Clinic I * Bench Trial Advocacy Innocence Project Clinic II * Civil Advocacy Clinic I * Juvenile Justice Clinic I * Civil Advocacy Clinic II * Juvenile Justice Clinic II * Community Development Clinic I * Litigation Process Community Development Clinic II * Mediation Clinic for Families I * Disability Law Clinic Mediation Clinic for Families II * Family Law Clinic I * Tax Clinic I * Family Law Clinic II * Tax Clinic II * Family Law Workshop * Trial Advocacy Veteran's Advocacy Clinic *
Non-Classroom Credit ActivitiesParticipation in an interscholastic advocacy team (Must earn a minimum 2 credits)
Moot Court Teams American Intellectual Property Law Jessup International Law Brand Names Lefkowitz Brand Names Foundation Braxton Craven Memorial McGee National Civil Rights Cardozo-BMI Entertainment Law National Appellate Advocacy Team Evans Constitutional Law National Environmental Law Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Gabrielli National Family Law National Telecommunications Gibbons Criminal Procedure Taxation Inter-American Human Rights Thomas Tang International Environmental Law Wagner Labor & Employment Law Mock Trial Court Teams ABA Labor & Employment Law
Employment Litigation Student Trial
NBLSA Thurgood Marshall National Trial Competition