The Law School at University at Buffalo–SUNY

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Lillie Wiley-Upshaw
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Law School at University at Buffalo--SUNY

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 38.7% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.57
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 38.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 154-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.36-3.7
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.57
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered N/A
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
A total of 9 curricular concentrations and curricular programs; 7 nationally renowned clinics (including affordable housing and family violence); numerous joint degrees (JD/MBA, JD/PharmD, JD/MPH,…); a New York City-based semester studying finance (includes projects with international banking, investment and law firms); and international bridge (winter-break) courses.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 195
Seminars 45
Positions available in seminars 732
Positions available in simulation courses 1,928
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 149
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Many scholarly journals (Buffalo Law Review, ABA Affordable Housing Journal, Environmental Law Journal, Women’s Law Journal, etc.); moot court and mock trial teams win honors throughout the U.S.; over 35 student groups (such as Buffalo Public Interest Law Program, Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Environmental Law Society, and Parent Law Student Association); 1L Mentoring Program

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 496
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 1,494
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 114
Full-time students involved in field placements 166
Full-time students involved in law journals 323
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 86
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 33

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 12.5:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 81
Full-time minority faculty 6.7%
Part-time minority faculty 11.1%
Total faculty 99
Total faculty (men) 56.6%
Total faculty (women) 43.4%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.1%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#82 Best Law Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 45
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.3
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.7
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.36-3.7
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.57
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 154-158
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157
Acceptance rate 38.7% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 12.5:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 47.2% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 86.8% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.7% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 641

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 637

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 4

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Second-year students discontinuing law school 5.6%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.4%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.2%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.8%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Brezetta Steverson
Financial aid phone (716) 645-7324
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $20,718 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $33,718 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $12,304
Books $1,161
Miscellaneous expenses $4,749
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 42.5%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 3.5%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.6%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$5,000
Full-time students receiving grants 46.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $0
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $0–$0
Part-time students receiving grants 0.0%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $52,447
Proportion who borrowed 86.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 88,940
Microform titles 17,909
Electronic titles 21,873
Other non-book titles 3,127
Total titles 131,849
Volumes (excluding microforms) 299,106
Volume equivalent microforms 295,016
Total volumes and volume equivalents 594,122
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 63,810
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 103
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 76
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 21
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 21
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 69
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 17
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 38
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 35

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 11
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 18
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 19
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 74,014
Total seats available for library users 590
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) A working courtroom located inside the school hosts trials, hearings, and appellate proceedings from numerous federal and state courts; our beautiful library occupies six floors in the center of the School and was recently recognized by the AALS for Best Use of Technology; the entire Law School is wireless; the Law School Village offers spacious apartments within walking distance.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.7% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 265
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 47.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 86.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 9.8%
Graduates whose employment status is known 90.2%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 47.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 6.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 19.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 17.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.3%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 86.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 6.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 3.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.8%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $46,000
Median private sector starting salary $59,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $85,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 40%
Median public service starting salary $46,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 79%
Graduates employed out-of-state 18.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 19
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 79.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 11.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 1.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0%
Employment location unknown 2.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Extensive individual counseling; on-campus, NYC and Washington recruiting programs; over 1,200 national and international jobs posted annually; national career network alumni program; summer public interest fellowships; first-rate career panels and training sessions (interviewing, networking, resume, etc.); judicial clerkship program; outstanding career library and on-line resources.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 74.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 95.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 17.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 82.5%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 8.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 94.1%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%