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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

Jurisprudence



Want to add a minor to your major?
Learn more about our minors. (Note that not all minors are possible to combine with every major.)

Thinking about law school?
Learn more about our Automatic Admit option through the UB School of Law.

Earn both your undergraduate and law degrees in a minimum of five years through the Law School Early Entry option to the UB School of Law.

Shorten your path to your master's degree.
Students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits, which apply to both the bachelor's degree in Jurisprudence and the M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies. Contact us for more information or learn more about our accelerated options.

Understand the links between law, justice and social and political realities, and be one step ahead on any path you choose.

While our Bachelor of Arts program is designed as pre-law education that combines philosophy, government, history, literature, communication and other fields in the humanities and social sciences, it is not strictly for those students who plan to continue their educations in law school.

A degree in jurisprudence can prepare you for a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors, here in the States and abroad. Many of our alumni have gone on to law schools to earn their J.D.s and become lawyers, but others have gone to graduate school to become public servants, mediators, negotiators, entrepreneurs, managers and business leaders. Still others have launched careers directly out of their undergraduate study, pursuing positions such as:

  • advocate
  • business developer
  • campaign aide
  • city manager
  • congressional aide
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • legal assistant
  • paralegal
  • politician.

This major is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge base and encourage you to develop critical reading, effective research, analytical thinking and persuasive writing skills. You'll strengthen and perfect your abilities in oral and written communication, decision-making, problem-solving, leadership, computer literacy and marketing. You'll interact with diverse populations, understand community needs, recognize the importance of being a team player and learn to work well under pressure.