University at Buffalo School of Law

University at Buffalo School of Law

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University at Buffalo School of Law is New York State’s only public law school, with a mission to develop students from all walks of life into skilled, practice-ready attorneys.

And it does so with an emphasis on affordability. It received an A-minus in the 2014 listing of preLaw magazine’s Best Value Law Schools. Students graduate with one of the lowest average debt loads in the nation — $73,446. Because they are not saddled with debt, they can seek a legal job that suits their passions, the school says.

Additionally, students qualify for lower in-state tuition rates after a year’s residence.

A newly established Advocacy Institute is designed to maximize students’ legal skills. A long-established and growing program of legal clinics also gives students the chance to serve real-life clients and provides legal services to the Western New York community. And students who opt for University at Buffalo School of Law’s New York City Program in Finance and Law spend a semester in the world’s financial capital.

Buffalo’s location near the U.S. border with Canada also leads to opportunities to study international law in action.

“One of only a few law schools located on an international border, we offer a myriad of cross-border learning opportunities, including our new cross-border legal studies concentration,” said Interim Dean James A. Gardner. “But what makes us truly special is that a University at Buffalo School of Law education is a collaborative initiative withthe legal community.  Our students, faculty, staff, loyal employers, judges and our wide-ranging network of alumni are all deeply engaged with the law school community. They are mutually supportive of one another and directly involved and committed to the educational process. We share a distinct sense of place and pride. We have each other’s back.”


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75th Percentile1573.7
25th Percentile1503.13
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$8000
Percent receiving grants74.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 88.70%
NJ Employment75.20
Bar Passage75.69%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Practical Training: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Technology Law