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Degree Requirements

Jurisprudence Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Learn about degree requirements for the Law School Early Entry Option.

General-Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General-education requirements for:

  • all students who entered UB prior to fall 2013
  • any student who entered UB with 24 or more credits before fall 2014

General-education requirements for:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

Jurisprudence Program Requirements
(57 credits)

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • Introduction to Jurisprudence (JPLA 200)
  • Ethics (PHIL 301)
  • Logic of Language (PHIL 316) 
  • Capstone Project (JPLA 498)

Foundational Electives (9 credits)

  • one 100- or 200-level course in American government 
  • one 100- or 200-level course in American history 
  • one 100- or 200-level course in philosophy 

other courses may be substituted with the permission of the program director; with the permission of the program director, students may substitute a paralegal degree for the Foundational Electives

Advanced Electives (36 credits)

other courses may be substituted with the permission of the program director

English, Writing and Communication (6 credits)

Choose two of the following:

  • Oral Communication in Business (CMAT 303)
  • Ancient Myth: Paradigms & Transformations 
    (ENGL 351)
  • Literature & Law (ENGL 356)
  • Shakespeare: Kings, Knaves & Fools (ENGL 364)
  • The Age of Reason (ENGL 432)
  • Argument & Persuasion (WRIT 314)

Government and Public Policy (12 credits)

Choose four of the following:

  • American Political Institutions (GVPP 300)
  • Constitutional Law (GVPP 340)
  • Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights (GVPP 341)
  • The Legislative Process (GVPP 345)
  • American Political Thought (GVPP 381)
  • Political Ideologies (GVPP 382)
  • Comparative Government (GVPP 384)
  • Administrative Law and Process (GVPP 425)
  • Internship (GVPP 490/491)

History (12 credits)

Choose four of the following:

  • Age of Revolution (HIST 312)
  • English Law to 1689 (HIST 331)
  • English Law Since 1689 (HIST 332)
  • American Legal History (HIST 340)
  • New South and Civil Rights (HIST 377)
  • American Constitutional History (HIST 434)
  • Great Trials in History (HIST 438)
  • History of Common Law (HIST 440)
  • American Political History (HIST 468)
  • Internship (HIST 490) 
  • Independent Study, 1-3 credits (HIST 492)

Philosophy (6 credits)

Choose two of the following:

  • Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 317)
  • Modern Philosophy (PHIL 319)
  • 20th-Century Philosophy (PHIL 320)
  • Religions in America (PHIL 419)
  • Theories of Justice (PHIL 490)
  • Independent Study, 1-6 credits (PHIL 492)
  • International Law and Morality (PHIL 496)

These Jurisprudence courses may be substituted for any Advanced Electives:

  • Topics (JPLA 400)
  • Internship (JPLA 496)

General Electives

  • First Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning (IDIS 101)
    freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement to graduate.

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing:

  • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)

as of fall 2014