Political Science/Law 3+3 Combined Pathway (B.A. and J.D.)

Admission into the combined pathway is highly selective. Matriculated undergraduate students may apply to the B.A./J.D. pathway no later than the end of their first year (freshman year) and will complete all of the application requirements for the program. The combined pathway admission application process includes a minimum GPA of 3.5, a statement of intent, and a letter of recommendation (preferably from a Buffalo State instructor; incoming students may use a recommendation from a high school guidance counselor or course instructor). Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average in their undergraduate level courses to remain in the 3+3 combined pathway.

Students will have completed 90 credits (all Buffalo State required Intellectual Foundations courses, upper division courses, and Political Science Public Legal Studies Concentration major requirements) at Buffalo State before enrolling in the UB law program. 

Students in the combined pathway must apply to the UB School of Law during their junior year at Buffalo State. All UB School of Law admission requirements will apply. The Political Science combined pathway program coordinator will provide guidance to students throughout their four years of undergraduate study.

B.A. in Political Science (Public Legal Studies Concentration) 3+3 Combined Pathway

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
54 credit hours54
Required (24 credit hours)
PSC 101INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
PSC 102INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
PSC 203POLITICAL ANALYSIS3
PSC 204POLITICAL STATISTICS3
PSC 250INTRODUCTION TO LAW3
PSC 317U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW3
PSC 398LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING3
PSC 485MOCK TRIAL3
Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 credit hours)
American Government and Politics
Choose two from the following (6 credit hours):6
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
CIVIL PROCEDURE
CONTEMPORARY CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
DISCRIMINATION AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
International Relations/Comparative Government
Choose one from the following (3 credit hours)3
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
COMPARATIVE DEMOCRACY
Political Theory and Philosophy
Choose one from the following (3 credit hours)3
HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT I
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
30 credit hours of law courses transferred from UB Law School30
Total Credit Hours120