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University of Alabama Law School
University of Alabama School of Law
Parent schoolUniversity of Alabama
Established1872
School typePublic
DeanMark E. Brandon [1]
LocationTuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
33°12?39?N 87°32?46?W / 33.2109°N 87.5462°W / 33.2109; -87.5462Coordinates: 33°12?39?N 87°32?46?W / 33.2109°N 87.5462°W / 33.2109; -87.5462
Enrollment383 (approx.)
Faculty50 full-time; 40 adjunct
USNWR ranking25 [2]
Bar pass rate97% (Official ABA Data)
Websitewww.law.ua.edu
ABA profile[1]

The University of Alabama School of Law[3] (formerly known as the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law at The University of Alabama[4][5]) located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a nationally ranked top-tier law school[6] and the only public law school in the state. It is one of five law schools in the state, and one of three that are ABA accredited. According to Alabama's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 84% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. An additional 8.4% of the Class of 2017 obtained JD-advantage employment.[7]

Approximately 383 JD students attended Alabama Law during school year 2018-2019. 62 undergraduate institutions and 25 states are represented among the class of 2021, and the student-faculty ratio is 6.3 to 1.[8]

Academics

Alabama Law offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, as well as an International LL.M., an LL.M. in Taxation, and an LL.M. in Business Transactions. In conjunction with the Manderson Graduate School of Business, the law school also offers a four-year joint J.D./M.B.A. program. Students may also pursue a number of graduate degrees through established dual enrollment programs for M.A. or Ph.D. in Political Science, M.P.A., Ph.D. in Economics, or LL.M. in Taxation. Certificates in Public Interest Law, Governmental Affairs, and International and Comparative Law are also available.

Admissions have been increasingly selective. The class of 2021 has a median LSAT score of 164 and median undergraduate GPA of 3.88. The 75th and 25th percentile for these metrics are 165 and 3.95, and 157 and 3.42, respectively.[8]

Law clinics

Alabama Law guarantees that every interested student has the opportunity to participate in at least one law clinic before graduating. It is one of the few law schools in the country to make this guarantee.[9]

  • The Children's Rights Clinic works with the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program to assist youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system.[10]
  • The Civil Law Clinic is Alabama's oldest clinic and provides free legal advice and representation to University of Alabama students and community members in civil matters. Civil clinic students handle over 200 cases annually.[11]
  • The Criminal Defense Clinic represents indigent defendants in misdemeanor and felony criminal matters for both bench and jury trials.[12]
  • The Domestic Violence Clinic takes a holistic approach to assisting survivors of domestic abuse in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. In addition to providing comprehensive legal services, clinic students also perform outreach and education.[13]
  • The Elder Law Clinic represents individuals aged 60 and over in a range of civil issues, including healthcare, public benefits, will drafting, and consumer fraud.[14]
  • The Entrepreneur & Nonprofit Clinic provides free transactional legal services to small businesses, start-ups, and nonprofit organizations. The suite of services include preparation of formation documents, agreement negotiation and drafting, and regulatory compliance.[15]
  • The Mediation Law Clinic provides an alternative to the adversarial litigation process for families to settle disputes more promptly and with a reduction in emotional trauma.[16]

Publications

In 2007 Jarvis & Coleman ranked the Alabama Law Review (ALR) 36th "on the basis of the prominence of their lead article authors."[17] This represents an incredible 63 position improvement from the rankings of ten years prior. For 2015-2016, ExpressO, UC Berkeley's manuscript submission service, ranked the ALR at 10th in terms of "number of manuscripts received."[18] In 2015 Washington and Lee's methods rank ALR at 46th in both the number of citations from other journals and the combined score.[19] These show an improvement of 10 and 26 positions, respectively, over the preceding 5 years.

Approximately 40% of students graduate with journal experience. This is a slightly lower percentage than many of Alabama's peer schools, but nonetheless above the national average.

Employment

According to Alabama's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 83.2% of the Class of 2016 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage required employment within nine months after graduation.[7] Alabama's Law School Transparency under-employment score for 2017 is 7.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2017 who were unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[24]

ABA Employment Summary for 2017 Graduates [25]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
84%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
8.4%
Employed - Professional Position
0.0%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
0.8%
Employed - Undeterminable
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
2.3%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
0.8%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
1.5%
Unemployed - Seeking
1.5%
Employment Status Unknown
0.0%
Total of 131 Graduates

Costs

Tuition and fees at the University of Alabama School of Law for the 2018-2019 academic year total $23,920 for residents and $42,180 for nonresidents.[26] 69.2% of students received discounts during the 2017-2018 school year; the remaining 30.8% paid full price. Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years at full price to be $157,785 for residents and $231,042 for nonresidents.[26]

Notable alumni

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