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Legal Studies

The Legal Studies major allows students to study law and legal issues from a number of disciplinary perspectives. Students will develop their writing and analytical skills as well as engage in courses focused on aspects of law in Political Science, Sociology, History, and Philosophy. This major is intended for students planning on applying to law school as well as those interested in careers in law enforcement or public administration. Internships may be completed as part of this program.         

Legal Studies students can link to the UB Pre-Law Advisor at:

Program Requirements

Course Requirements for the Legal Studies major can be found here.

Careers and further education in Legal Studies

Our majors have gone on to pursue graduate studies in areas such as Environmental Law, Urban Planning, Criminal Justice, Family Law, etc. Additionally, Legal Studies graduates have gone on to work as Intelligence Agents, State Troopers, Law Clerks, Paralegals, Court Clerks, etc. For a complete listing of graduate work and careers that our students have pursued please click here.

Student Spotlight

  • Ashley Machovec

    Originally from Binghamton, NY, I came to University at Buffalo as a transfer student from my local community college. After switching my major a few times, I chose to be an early childhood education concentration with a teaching and speech pathology minor. Taking a wrong turn on main street in Buffalo, I ended up at […]

  • Clarissa Cardarelli

    I’m from Orchard Park, NY and I am studying French, Linguistics, and International Studies with a regional focus in Africa. I chose International Studies as my major since I have always loved learning foreign languages and about foreign cultures. I plan to use what I have learned about foreign relations, economics, and politics to pursue […]

  • Shontay Barnes

    Originally from Buffalo New York, I am pursuing a double major in Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health and Psychology. I chose this major because I learned about the excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.  I was very pleased to see that there was an internship component of the major.  My participation […]

  • Cherrelle Collins

    For me this major encompassed everything I am. After pursuing nursing, and realizing that clinical work was not “for me”, I started to hone in on my leadership skills, ability to direct, inspire and HELP. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to become instrumental in helping someone else find their “calling” […]

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