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Suny Buffalo Law School

Our curriculum teaches students not only how to think like lawyers, but also how to work like lawyers. Students write a lot, because mastery of language is crucial to success in law. They learn the perspectives from which and the contexts in which lawyers work. And they put it all together by exploring the practices of lawyers as they counsel clients; find facts; negotiate, plan, and execute legal strategies; and seek change through courts and legislatures. Most students complete their UB Law education in a total of six semesters over three years, although we provide the flexibility for students to extend their law school career to four years to accommodate family or other needs or to pursue a dual degree. In selected circumstances, some students graduate early by taking an intensive course of study through five semesters and two summer terms.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 650
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.19 - 3.67
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 83.48%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86.1%
In State Tuition $22,624
Out of State Tuition $37,114

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About Suny Buffalo Law School

Our curriculum teaches students not only how to think like lawyers, but also how to work like lawyers. Students write a lot, because mastery of language is crucial to success in law. They learn the perspectives from which and the contexts in which lawyers work. And they put it all together by exploring the practices of lawyers as they counsel clients; find facts; negotiate, plan, and execute legal strategies; and seek change through courts and legislatures. Most students complete their UB Law education in a total of six semesters over three years, although we provide the flexibility for students to extend their law school career to four years to accommodate family or other needs or to pursue a dual degree. In selected circumstances, some students graduate early by taking an intensive course of study through five semesters and two summer terms.

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SUNY Buffalo Law School is a practical and affordable option for future New York State lawyers. The school’s three-year JD begins with a series of required classes in con­tracts, torts, and other basic areas. In the next two years, law students have the “ability to create a unique curriculum” through a “nice array of courses,” including “timely classes that are relevant to the world and cover cutting edge legal issues (examples: class on international piracy, class on counterterrorism law, etc.).” The school offers curricular concentrations in nine fields, including civil litigation and intellectual property, and students note the array of “great human rights and international law classes.” While they like the course diversity, many Buffalo students feel the school could dig even deeper into specialty topics and “incorporate more courses which teach practical lawyering skills in specific areas of the law.” Fortunately, curricular improvements are being imple­mented with attention and efficiency. “The current administration is making a concerted effort to improve the look of the school and the opportunities available to students.” In addition, many students praise the schools’ supervisors and staff and attest, “School administrators seem to genuinely care about you from the moment you step in the door all the way up to graduation and beyond.”Buffalo offers “plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience in legal jobs during law school.” Traditional academics are augmented by “diverse opportunities for experi­ential learning,” including “non-traditional course offerings like clinics and externships.” Within the law school, “There are countless opportunities for moot court, trial team, and journal work,” and “The law school’s clinic program is excellent.” Of particular note, “The school goes out of its way to help those interested in Public Interest work,” with numer­ous clinics devoted to affordable housing, community economic advocacy, and social justice. Even so, some would also like to see the school build a “stronger presence in the greater Buffalo community,” and point out the campus’s isolated location in a northern suburb of the city. The events and culture generated from having over 24,000 under­graduate and graduate students on Buffalo’s campus should not be discounted, though.When it comes to the teaching staff, students praise Buffalo’s “terrific adjunct profes­sors,” saying they love being taught by “faculty members who are still trying cases, rather than those who have been out of court for years.” The school attracts a number of accomplished attorneys, and “some of the faculty [are] at the very pinnacle of their fields, with reputations that span the country.” A current student enthuses, “On multiple occa­sions, my professors have actually worked on the cases we cover in class.” Despite their many accolades, “faculty is hit or miss” in the classroom. Because SUNY is a “great research institution,” it tends to attract “professors that are experts in their field with a significant amount of publishing in their background, but have no teaching skills and no ability to relate to the students.” Outside of the classroom, teachers are diverse in the same manner. Some professors are friendly and student-oriented, while others “are not always accessible because they are busy.” Buffalo is a great choice for local lawyers, and the school maintains a great “reputation in New York, particularly in western New York.” For many local students, cost was also a major factor in their decision to attend SUNY Buffalo. While “tuition increases and the new re-payment plans for government loans” have tempered the school’s overall value, it still offers an “amazing education for the price.” However, the value tuition is princi­pally open to New York state residents, who, not surprisingly, comprise more than 90 percent of the school’s population.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 232

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MSW, 4 years; JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/MPH, 4 years; JD/MLS, 4 years; JD/MA Applied Economics, 3.5 years; JD/Ph.D., 6+ years; JD/MUP, 4 years; JD/Pharm.D., 6 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 105
Full-Time Faculty 50
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 45
Faculty Gender 56% Male
43% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Multi-racial 3%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $22,624 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,673 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $35,297 $22,624

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,114 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,673 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $49,787 $37,114

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$27,862 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

Suny Buffalo Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Total 152 - 158

Suny Buffalo Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.19 - 3.67
Total 3.19 - 3.67

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 96%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 45
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $50,144
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 42 24%
Firm Sized 11-25 15 9%
Firm Sized 26-50 16 9%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 9 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 2%
Business Industry 35 20%
Government 12 7%
Public Interest 12 7%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 7 4%
Academia 5 3%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 21 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 1%
DC 1%
NY 25%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Suny Buffalo Law School include:

  • Virginia Seitz - Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Robert C. Schwenkel - Partner and Chair of Corporate Department at Fried Frank, NYC Office
  • Hon. Paul Friedman - United States District Judge
  • Mark Pearce - Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Hon. Julio Fuentes - US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

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