JD Program — Collaborative Programs in Political Science and Law

The Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo is one of only a handful of departments in the nation which
offers a collaborative program leading to the J.D. degree and the M.A.or Ph.D. in political science. Cooperation
between the Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence and the College of Arts and Sciences has resulted in the establishment of the
Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. The Center sponsors interdisciplinary graduate seminars jointly taught by members of
both faculties, brings distinguished scholars from other institutions to these seminars, funds some two- degree students, and acts
as the coordinating body for the program.

The collaborative program is a rigorous course of study intended for outstanding candidates interested in interdisciplinary
perspectives on legal problems and institutions. As the listing below makes evident, our Department contains a strong
component of faculty with interests in a wide range of legal issues.

Collaborative degree students are eligible for a total of three years of financial assistance from the Political Science Department: their
first year in Political Science during which time they will study full-time in the Department, and two other years, during which
time joint degree students are studying law on a full-time basis. The Political Science Department will not fund the first year in
Law School, during which time collaborative degree students are studying law on a full-time basis. However, during that year some
money may be available from the Law School, on a highly selective basis; interested students should apply directly the Law
School. In the fortunate event that students receive offers of financial assistance from both the Law School and the Political
Science Department, students are required to accept the Law School grant (thus saving their eligibility for Political Science
assistance for another year in the program.)

To apply for the collaborative degree programs, you must file separate applications and credentials with both the Department of Political
Science and the School of Law.

Political Science Faculty With Law-Related Interests

  • Stephen Halpern (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins; J.D. SUNY/B): Judicial Process; Civil Liberties; Law and Political Change
  • Charles M. Lamb (Ph.D., Alabama): Judicial Behavior and Process; Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Constitutional Law
  • Lynn Mather (Research Professor) (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine): Courts and Public Policy; Legal Profession;
    Criminal Justice
  • Claude Welch (Ph.D., Oxford): International Human Rights