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School of Law

J.D. Program

 Our graduates have a reputation as lawyers who "hit the ground running"—because UB prepares each student not only to think like a lawyer but also to act like one.

The School of Law's required and core courses provide the substantive and procedural knowledge that all attorneys must have. A comprehensive writing program, beginning the first year with the Introduction to Lawyering Skills courses and continuing throughout the curriculum, will hone your writing and language skills—a lawyer's primary tools.

School of Law students in the School of Law Moot Court Room

The  School of Law's balanced approach to legal education provides graduates the confidence and expertise they need to practice law in the real world. 

The largely elective upper-class curriculum provides one of the most comprehensive sequences of lawyering skills courses of any law school in the country. Simulation courses help students develop the full range of skills, including trial and appellate advocacy; pretrial litigation; interviewing, negotiating and counseling; mediation and alternative dispute resolution; and planning and drafting. You will then have opportunities to test your abilities in the "real world" by participating in the School of Law's award-winning clinics or externships.

Interested in focusing in certain areas of law? Our curriculum is designed to provide for nine upper-class concentrations that encourage students to explore an area of the law in-depth before choosing a career path. This in-depth study, while not intended to produce a "specialist" in a particular area of the law, provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the area and with the complex lawyering skills that cannot be gained through a more general legal education.