The Thomas Goode Jones School of Law offers concentrations in corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, litigation, securities law, sports law, tax law, torts and insurance, and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, Students may participate in the Elder Law Clinic, Family Violence Clinic, and the Mediation Clinic.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 90 total credits, of which 51 are for required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Business Associations, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Practice Skills, Professional Responsibility, and Remedies. The required orientation program for first-year students is a 4-day introduction to analytical reasoning, legal research and writing, the court system, and professionalism.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0, have completed the upper-division writing requirement, and practical skills or oral advocacy course.
In the fall 2007 first-year class, 542 applied, 251 were accepted, and 138 enrolled. One transfers enrolled. The median LSAT percentile of the most recent first-year class was 44; the median GPA was 3.05 on a scale of 4.0.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are not interviewed.
The application deadline for fall entry is June 15. Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a personal statement, a nonrefundable application fee of $30, and are welcomed, but not required letters of recommendation. The law school uses the LSDAS.
Required financial statement is the FAFSA.
About 45% of the student body are women; 10%, minorities; 7%, African American; 1%, Asian American; 1%, Hispanic; and 1%, Native American.
Students edit the Jones Law Review. Students participate in the National Moot Court Competition, ABA National Appellate Competition, and Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition. Other competitions include National Trial Competition, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, ABA Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and ABA Representation in Mediation Competition. Law student organizations, local chapters of national associations, and campus clubs and organizations include the Christian Legal Society, Women’s Students Association, Federalist Society, American Constitution Society, American Association for Justice, Black Law Students Association and Phi Alpha Delta.
The law school operates on a traditional semester basis. Courses for full-time students are offered days only. For part-time students, courses are offered and there is no part-time program. New full- and part-time students are admitted in the fall. There is an 8-week summer session. Transferable summer courses are offered.