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The University of Alabama School of Law

The curriculum of The University of Alabama School of Law is traditional but certainly includes offerings in emerging areas of the law, including electives in environmental law, international law, intellectual property, white-collar crime, and business. The curriculum is also rich in clinical, advocacy, and skills offerings. Perspective offerings, such as legal history, legal philosophy, and the law in literature also are taught. Given the variety of our graduates' career paths, the curriculum must be both broad and outstanding in all of its components. A law school graduate should have mastered the legal processes and should thoroughly grasp the role of law in ordering the affairs of society, both historically and contemporarily. The University of Alabama School of Law strives to provide its students with this understanding and with a firm base of knowledge and analytical skills.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 487
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 167
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.31 - 3.94
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 94.12%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 94.0%
In State Tuition $19,660
Out of State Tuition $32,920

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About The University of Alabama School of Law

The curriculum of The University of Alabama School of Law is traditional but certainly includes offerings in emerging areas of the law, including electives in environmental law, international law, intellectual property, white-collar crime, and business. The curriculum is also rich in clinical, advocacy, and skills offerings. Perspective offerings, such as legal history, legal philosophy, and the law in literature also are taught. Given the variety of our graduates' career paths, the curriculum must be both broad and outstanding in all of its components. A law school graduate should have mastered the legal processes and should thoroughly grasp the role of law in ordering the affairs of society, both historically and contemporarily. The University of Alabama School of Law strives to provide its students with this understanding and with a firm base of knowledge and analytical skills.

Reviews

Alabama prides itself on offering a tremendous legal education at an affordable price. Though the school definitely places an “emphasis…on corporate law,” students are grateful that there are also “amazing faculty members with interests in academia, public interest and environmental law.” And according to one-second year, these professors are “huge assets to students with no desire to go to a big firm or to vote Republican.” Overall, many find their academic experience to be “exceptional.” As another second year notes, “The quality of classes I've taken has been amazing, especially compared to classes I sat in on at other (higher ranked) law schools prior to enrolling. There are incredible academics willing to oversee guided research topics and help you get pub­lished.” Students also highlight Alabama’s international programs, which offer “even more opportunities to work with professors in different areas of law in different coun­tries.” Moreover, they note that “the school's administrators and professors have an open door policy and are always amenable to speaking with students. The administra­tors and professor genuinely care about the students and their success in the classroom and beyond.”One gripe students at UA do have is with the perceived “bias against students with low GPAs.” As a frustrated second-year notes, “While I had hoped that a lower GPA might merit extra attention, especially since I am paying full-price to attend the Law School, I have found that students with high GPAs by far receive the most praise and attention from administrators.” Another student concurs adding, “Furthermore, like many law schools, my school's administration and faculty tends to place favor and pref­erence upon those with higher GPAs, a practice that outcasts those of us with a strong work ethic who fell victim to the mandatory curve.” Fortunately, the low student to teacher ratio means struggling students can meet individually with their professors if they need extra help. In addition, the school hosts several skills workshops open to the entire law school.Students feel that there remains room for improvement when it comes to career ser­vices. However, they appreciate the strides the office has made. “Our career services are still adjusting to our improving national reputation. They are making increased efforts at providing useful business contacts outside of Alabama, but could still improve.” A frus­trated second year adds, “We do not attract a lot of attention from prestigious firms because they assume we are all uninformed rednecks—an assumption that is both unfor­tunate and inaccurate.” However, another more content second-year counters, “As a native Alabamian, I am interested in finding long-term employment either in my home state or in Washington, DC. The school has been very helpful in creating connections for me, both through UA Law alumni and through the DC externship program.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 168

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 3 or 4 years Several Dual enrollment with various University graduate programs

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 87
Full-Time Faculty 43
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 36
Faculty Gender 64% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 60% Male
40% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 86%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,660 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,850 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $31,510 $19,660

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $32,920 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,850 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $44,770 $32,920

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Application Fee: $40

Incoming Class

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 167
LSAT Total 158 - 167

The University of Alabama School of Law's entering class of enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.31 - 3.94
Total 3.31 - 3.94

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, CAS Report and Resume

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#8 Most Conservative Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 78%
First Time Pass Rate 94%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 87%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 95
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 94%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 34 22%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 6 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 7 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 20 13%
Government 21 13%
Public Interest 10 6%
Federal Clerkship 16 10%
State Clerkship 5 3%
Academia 6 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 1 1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TN 4%
GA 6%
AL 67%
International 1%

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