At UB, you can help prepare yourself for a law-related career by taking courses in our Legal and Paralegal Plan. You can pursue this option from any major, and there is no minimum GPA requirement.
The courses in this plan can be beneficial both for students who intend to go to law school as well as those seeking to pursue related work in
- paralegal, legal assistant, and other legal support team positions
- law and policy nonprofit staff
- court administration (court clerks, commissioners, and other courthouse staff)
- government agency, legislative, law enforcement, and corrections positions
- jobs involving compliance, risk management, human resources, etc.
The recommended courses in the Legal and Paralegal Plan are:
- (GVPP 345) The Legislative Process
- (GVPP 425) Administrative Law and Processes
- (JPLA 400 / LEST 500*) Legal Research and Analysis
- (JPLA 400 / LEST 501*) Legal Foundations
- (JPLA 400 / LEST 626*) The Trial Process
- (JPLA 496: The Court Navigator Project) Internship
This cluster of courses should provide skills and knowledge useful for a range of law-related jobs.
Consult with your advisor about how this plan would fit into your schedule and how best to make it part of your program at UB.
*NOTE: These particular courses are offered to undergraduates by the Legal and Ethical Studies master’s degree program. You also have the option of taking these courses at the graduate level. If you want any of these courses to eventually count toward a master’s degree in Legal and Ethical Studies, and you are otherwise eligible for that program, you should go ahead and apply for the accelerated LEST master’s degree—you can always decide later not to pursue the master’s degree, but getting accepted to the program means that the courses can count toward such a degree if you decide to pursue it. If you take these courses as graduate courses while an undergraduate student, and do not apply to or get accepted into the accelerated master’s program, but later decide to pursue a master’s degree, the courses cannot count toward the master’s degree, but you will be exempt from taking the courses again, including the two listed above that are otherwise required of students for the LEST master’s degree program.