SUNY Buffalo Law School is a practical and affordable option for future New York State lawyers. The school’s three-year JD begins with a series of required classes in contracts, torts, and other basic areas. In the next two years, law students have the “ability to create a unique curriculum” through a “nice array of courses,” including “timely classes that are relevant to the world and cover cutting edge legal issues (examples: class on international piracy, class on counterterrorism law, etc.).” The school offers curricular concentrations in nine fields, including civil litigation and intellectual property, and students note the array of “great human rights and international law classes.”

Overview

Applicants
1,148
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.40
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
198

Test Scores

LSAT
150 - 158

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$75

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Overall

SUNY Buffalo Law School is a practical and affordable option for future New York State lawyers. The school’s three-year JD begins with a series of required classes in contracts, torts, and other basic areas. In the next two years, law students have the “ability to create a unique curriculum” through a “nice array of courses,” including “timely classes that are relevant to the world and cover cutting edge legal issues (examples: class on international piracy, class on counterterrorism law, etc.).” The school offers curricular concentrations in nine fields, including civil litigation and intellectual property, and students note the array of “great human rights and international law classes.” While they like the course diversity, many Buffalo students feel the school could dig even deeper into specialty topics and “incorporate more courses which teach practical lawyering skills in specific areas of the law.” Fortunately, curricular improvements are being implemented with attention and efficiency. “The current administration is making a concerted effort to improve the look of the school and the opportunities available to students.” In addition, many students praise the schools’ supervisors and staff and attest, “School administrators seem to genuinely care about you from the moment you step in the door all the way up to graduation and beyond.”

Buffalo offers “plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience in legal jobs during law school.” Traditional academics are augmented by “diverse opportunities for experiential learning,” including “non-traditional course offerings like clinics and externships.” Within the law school, “There are countless opportunities for moot court, trial team, and journal work,” and “The law school’s clinic program is excellent.” Of particular note, “The school goes out of its way to help those interested in Public Interest work,” with numerous clinics devoted to affordable housing, community economic advocacy, and social justice. Even so, some would also like to see the school build a “stronger presence in the greater Buffalo community,” and point out the campus’s isolated location in a northern suburb of the city. The events and culture generated from having over 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students on Buffalo’s campus should not be discounted, though.

When it comes to the teaching staff, students praise Buffalo’s “terrific adjunct professors,” saying they love being taught by “faculty members who are still trying cases, rather than those who have been out of court for years.” The school attracts a number of accomplished attorneys, and “some of the faculty [are] at the very pinnacle of their fields, with reputations that span the country.” A current student enthuses, “On multiple occasions, my professors have actually worked on the cases we cover in class.” Despite their many accolades, “faculty is hit or miss” in the classroom. Because SUNY is a “great research institution,” it tends to attract “professors that are experts in their field with a significant amount of publishing in their background, but have no teaching skills and no ability to relate to the students.” Outside of the classroom, teachers are diverse in the same manner. Some professors are friendly and student-oriented, while others “are not always accessible because they are busy.”

Buffalo is a great choice for local lawyers, and the school maintains a great “reputation in New York, particularly in western New York.” For many local students, cost was also a major factor in their decision to attend SUNY Buffalo. While “tuition increases and the new re-payment plans for government loans” have tempered the school’s overall value, it still offers an “amazing education for the price.” However, the value tuition is principally open to New York state residents, who, not surprisingly, comprise more than 90 percent of the school’s population.


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
103

44
Female
8.74
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
82
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
83%
Average Starting Salary
$50,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
84%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
45

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
HSBC Bank, NYS Senate/Assembly, M& T Bank, Hogan Willig PLLC, Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP, Bronx County District Attorney, City of Buffalo Law Department, Damon Morey LLP, Empire Justice Center, Erie County District Attorney's Office, Gibson McAskill & Crosby, LLP, Hamberger & Weiss, Harris Beach, LLP, Harter Secrest & Emery, Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Hodgson Russ, LLP, Hurwitz & Fine, PC, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, Kings County District Attorney, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Monroe County District Attorney's Office, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., New York City Law Department, New York State Court of Appeals, Nixon Peabody, LLP, NYS Appellate Div, 3rd Dept, NYS Appellate Div, 4th Dept, Phillips Lytle LLP, Ropes & Gray, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC, U.S. Dept of Justice, US Air Force JAG, US Army JAG, US Marine Corps JAG, US Navy JAG, Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

Graduates Employed by Area


Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Hon. Julio M. Fuentes '75
US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

Mark G. Pearce '78
Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board

Hon. Eugene F. Pigott '73
New York State Court of Appeals

Robert C. Schwenkel '82
Managing Partner and Chair of Corporate Department at Fried Frank, NYC Office

Vikki L. Pryor '78
Principle, Change Create Transform

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$31,690

% Students Receiving Some Aid
88%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$21,970
Out-Of-State Tuition
$38,040
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$7,680
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$10,906
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,352
Fees
$2,017

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
610
Parent Institution Enrollement
28,952

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
5
Average Age at Entry
25

% Out-of-State
9%
% International
3%

Demographics

16.60%
% Under-represented Minorities

99% are full time
1% are part time
47% female
53% male

Campus Life

Students seeking a “serious, but not overly competitive environment” will find a good match at SUNY Buffalo, where academic rigors are balanced by a “strong sense of community and camaraderie among the students.” Most students are serious about their education and “come ready to work every day.” However, that sense of purpose never overrides the generally low-key and friendly atmosphere within the law school. A current student elaborates, “While we are all competitive, there is a "no 1L left behind," feeling to all of the classes. If you are having trouble with the material there are always countless students willing to sit down and thoroughly discuss the material until you grasp it.” Both socially and professionally, the collegial atmosphere pays off. Here, “Networking is easy at UB because everyone is already your friend.”

Within the law school, there are “myriad, valuable student organizations,” and socially, one student proclaims, “There are always SO many events going on, it is literally impossible to keep up.” In contrast, there isn’t much happening in the surrounding area. The School of Law’s campus is located in “suburban hell,” north of Buffalo proper, and there is “nothing in walking distance. You have to drive everywhere to get or do anything.” Not only is “there is no ‘college town’ feel,” students remind us that, “The heart of Buffalo’s legal community, including the state and federal courthouses and the major law firms, remains in downtown Buffalo.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Lillie V. Wiley-Upshaw
Vice Dean for Admissions and Student Life

Address
309 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone
716-645-2907

Email
law-admissions@buffalo.edu
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Key Stats

1,148
Applicants
610
Size
53%
Acceptance Rate

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