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School of Law

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.

To assist you with your planning,
 please use this chart and
contact us if you have questions. 

Here are a few items to keep in mind with your course planning:

    •  You will take professional responsibility, evidence, constitutional law II, and civil procedure II as an upper-level student.
    • You will complete a scholarly writing course or activity. This may be accomplished by taking a seminar or completing a comment for a law publication. 
    • You will complete an experiential activity. This is an activity or class where you will have a "live" client or a simulation or both.
      • Seminars

        The 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  
      • Workshops

        A 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 *  
        Courses with asterisk (*) may satisfy either the workshop writing requirement OR the advocacy requirement (but not both).
      • 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.
  • Advocacy Courses

    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 *
    Courses with asterisk (*) may satisfy either the workshop writing requirement OR the advocacy requirement (but not both).
  • Non-Classroom Credit Activities

    Participation 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
    Advocacy Competition
    NBLSA Thurgood Marshall
    National Trial Competition  
We invite you to learn more about the courses identified in each of these categories by viewing the course descriptions.