University at Buffalo School of Law

Introduction

University at Buffalo School of Law is many things. As one of the oldest law schools in New York State, it draws on 125 years of experience and innovation in legal education. As part of the University at Buffalo, an internationally renowned research university, it provides students and faculty with world-class educational resources and physical facilities. As a law school on an international border, it gives students access to a vibrant legal community whose practice involves transactions with clients in a foreign country they can see from their office windows. And as New York State’s public law school, it has a mission to promote justice, to serve the public interest, and to cultivate socially responsible students, professionals, and lawyers who will be leaders in their areas of practice and fields of scholarship.

Advanced law students come to Buffalo to work closely with leading scholars in many areas of scholarly inquiry and practice: cross-border business transactions and trade, criminal law and procedure, environmental law, labor law, constitutional law, civil litigation, tax, human rights, immigration law, and intellectual property, to name a few. They come to work in clinical programs that make a difference in local communities at the same time that they teach lawyering from the ground up. They come to immerse themselves in the language and foundations of United States and New York law. And they come to join a community that shares their enthusiasm for confronting the challenges of ensuring justice and fairness in the global practice of public and private law.

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Juris Doctor

Advanced-Standing Two-Year Juris Doctor for Internationally-Trained Lawyers

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Buffalo

The Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally Trained Lawyers is intended for students who already hold a law degree from a jurisdiction outside the United States, would like to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law and wants to take the New York State Bar [+]

If you hold a law degree from a non-U.S. jurisdiction (a J.D. or its equivalent), you may qualify for our Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally-Trained Lawyers program. The Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally Trained Lawyers is intended for students who: already hold a law degree from a jurisdiction outside the United States; would like to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law; and wants to take the New York State Bar. In this new and innovative program, they can receive advanced standing, and therefore can finish the J.D. degree in just two years. About the Program These students are just like the traditional three-year J.D.s – they join the entering class, take all the classes required of J.D. students, and form all the bonds that constitute the U.S. legal profession. Through the Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. program, appropriately qualified students may be granted advanced standing for up to 30 credits in recognition of their prior studies. As a result, students may complete their J.D. in approximately two years of full-time study. Although the program takes only two years, Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. program participants are true J.D.s. Participants in the program are fully integrated into the entering J.D. class, where they learn "how to think like a (New York) lawyer." Perhaps as importantly, participants have the chance to foster the social skills and personal and professional networks so critical to the successful practice of law. Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. students are generally... [-]

J.D. Program

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Buffalo

A signature component of the J.D. program is the school’s exceptional Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Program that requires students to take three semesters of Research and Writing, including two in the first year, and to devote significant attention to the skills they will need to practice law. [+]

A law school education incorporates both the theory of law and the real-world skills that new graduates need to succeed as lawyers. The Juris Doctor is the basic U.S. law degree, and is held by the vast majority of practicing U.S. lawyers, as well as businesspeople, policy makers, academics and people in other walks of life. A signature component of the J.D. program is the school’s exceptional Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Program that requires students to take three semesters of Research and Writing, including two in the first year, and to devote significant attention to the skills they will need to practice law. The LAWR program, based on proven methodologies, was developed in consultation with education experts, judges, judicial clerks and attorneys to produce a curriculum designed to prepare students to hit the ground running in their initial legal position. The University at Buffalo School of Law’s legal skills program also comprises moot court and trial technique experiences, published journals, professional development initiatives and service-learning opportunities. Legal Skills Program The Legal Skills Program is designed to teach practical lawyering skills, with the aim of turning out new graduates who are practice-ready. The program encompasses courses and experiences in legal research and writing; litigation and non-litigation skills, such as mediation; and professional development. Legal Analysis, Writing & Research Program (LAWR) Litigation Skills Non-Litigation Skills Appellate Advocacy Skills Academic Support and Professional Development Concentrations & Curricular Programs A comprehensive range of optional programs and concentrations will distinguish you in the marketplace.... [-]

LLM

Criminal Law LL.M.

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA Buffalo

Like the General LL.M., the Criminal Law LL.M. is intended for people who already hold a law degree, and who wish to "go deeper." The Criminal Law LL.M. builds on the Law School's recognized strength in the multidisciplinary inquiry into criminal law to allow the design of advanced projects. [+]

Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at the School of Law. The Criminal Law LL.M. Program builds on the School of Law’s strength in the interdisciplinary study of criminal law. One of the only post-professional programs in the United States devoted exclusively to the study of criminal law, this program has attracted lawyers from all over the world who intend to teach, do policy work, or work as prosecutors or judges in their home jurisdictions. They are advised by Professor Luis Chiesa, an internationally known criminal law scholar with extensive experience in Spain and Latin America. In either program, you can choose to write a more extended piece of scholarly work under the guidance of a professor. Admission to the LL.M. Programs Students in our LL.M. programs come from countries all over the world, including the United States, but those we accept have several things in common: they demonstrate superior achievement in law school and/or the legal profession, they possess excellent communication skills, and most importantly, they have a very clear sense of how an LL.M. degree from the School of Law is going to help them achieve their professional goals. Our admission process is selective and based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria. In addition to your law school grade point average (GPA) and the results of language proficiency test (if necessary) such as the TOEFL, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers other non-numerical factors in reaching decisions. These factors... [-]

Cross-Border Legal Studies LL.M.

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA Buffalo

Our innovative Cross-Border Legal Studies LL.M. Program, one of the first of its kind in the United States, recognizes the increasingly global nature of legal practice and the need for skilled attorneys to guide clients through their cross-border interactions. [+]

Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at the School of Law. Our innovative Cross-Border Legal Studies LL.M. Program, one of the first of its kind in the United States, recognizes the increasingly global nature of legal practice and the need for skilled attorneys to guide clients through their cross-border interactions. Located just 20 minutes from Canada, the US’s largest trading partner, the School of Law is uniquely situated to provide students with exposure to cross-border legal issues both inside and outside the classroom. A strong network of alumni based in Buffalo, New York and Ontario, Canada engage in a wide range of cross-border legal practice including trade, tax, immigration, real estate, and corporate and transactional work. These practitioners serve as community partners in the program and informal mentors to LL.M. students throughout the course of their studies. In addition, each student is assigned an academic advisor to provide one-on-one guidance throughout the program. Admission to the program requires a first degree in law. In addition to the capstone course, admitted students select four courses from over 30 offerings relevant to cross-border legal studies including international business, tax, corporate, immigration, trade and environment-related topics. International students will additionally take a legal research and writing class and a course that introduces the United States legal system. The remainder of the students’ coursework will comprise electives from the entirety of the law school’s course offerings. Admission to the LL.M. Programs Students in our... [-]

Environmental Law LL.M.

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA Buffalo

Environmental law plays a major role in structuring the relationship between human beings and the world around them. Almost every kind of legal practice today touches some aspect of environmental law. The Environmental Law LL.M. offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of environmental law and policy through a structured program of study and experience. [+]

Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at the School of Law. Environmental law plays a major role in structuring the relationship between human beings and the world around them. Almost every kind of legal practice today touches some aspect of environmental law. Lawyers practice environmental law in large and small private law firms, in the offices of in-house corporate counsel in trade associations, in federal, state and local government agencies, in the offices of state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice, and in many non-governmental organizations. Whether future employment entails advocating the position of a public interest group, a corporate client, a government agency, or a private citizen, the Environmental Law Program is designed to meet the need for knowledgeable and skillful application of legal principles and techniques to environmental and natural resource problems, including climate change. The Environmental Law LL.M. offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of environmental law and policy through a structured program of study and experience. Admission to the LL.M. Programs Students in our LL.M. programs come from countries all over the world, including the United States, but those we accept have several things in common: they demonstrate superior achievement in law school and/or the legal profession, they possess excellent communication skills, and most importantly, they have a very clear sense of how an LL.M. degree from the School of Law is going to help them achieve their professional goals.... [-]

General LL.M.

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA Buffalo

The General LL.M. is intended for people who already hold a law degree, and who wish to "go deeper." Some students choose to design a specific course of study. Many students, with law degrees from other countries, choose to study US law, and perhaps strengthen their English language skills. [+]

Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at the School of Law. The General LL.M. Program allows lawyers who have demonstrated success in their legal education, their practice, or both, to create individualized programs designed to take their careers to the next level. LL.M. students have access to nearly the entire J.D. curriculum, and admitted students receive one-on-one academic advisement in the selection of their courses to help them navigate through our substantial range of course offerings and out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities. The program takes one year to complete. Our dynamic classrooms give LL.M. students the opportunity to learn alongside students in our three- and two-year J.D. programs and share their global perspectives, enriching our community both in and out of class. Many General LL.M. students use the degree to satisfy jurisdictional requirements for the admission of foreign-trained lawyers to practice law, including those of the New York Board of Law Examiners and the National Committee on Accreditation in Canada. Admission to the LL.M. Programs Students in our LL.M. programs come from countries all over the world, including the United States, but those we accept have several things in common: they demonstrate superior achievement in law school and/or the legal profession, they possess excellent communication skills, and most importantly, they have a very clear sense of how an LL.M. degree from the School of Law is going to help them achieve their professional goals. Our admission process is selective and based on... [-]

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University at Buffalo School of Law
John Lord O'Brian Hall
University at Buffalo, North Campus

Buffalo, New York, 14260-1100 US
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