University of Alabama School of Law

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University of Alabama
School of Law
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Parent school University of Alabama
Established 1872
School type Public
Dean Mark E. Brandon [1]
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
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Enrollment 520 (approx.)
Faculty 50 full-time; 40 adjunct
USNWR ranking 28 [2]
Bar pass rate 97% (Official ABA Data)
Website www.law.ua.edu
ABA profile [1]

The University of Alabama School of Law (also known as Alabama Law) located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a nationally ranked top-tier law school (First Tier) [3] and the only public law school in the state. In total, it is one of five law schools in the state, and one of three that are ABA accredited. According to Alabama's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 70.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[4]

The diverse student body, of approximately 520, represent 174 undergraduate institutions from 23 states and Canada. Of the incoming class of 2012, approximately 40% were female and 15% were minority students.[5]

Academics

The School of 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. A joint J.D./M.B.A. program is also available. 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. In addition, a Certificate in Public Interest Law is available through the Public Interest Institute.

Admissions have become increasingly selective with the median LSAT and undergrad GPAs, of the 2013 incoming class, reaching 164 and 3.86, respectively. The 75% to 25% range for these metrics was from 166-157 and 3.94 to 3.42.[6]

Law clinics

Students are guaranteed an opportunity to participate in at least one of the school's seven law clinics.[7]

  • Capital Defense Clinic provide assistance to counsel in capital cases.
  • Civil Law Clinic handles over 200 cases a year.
  • Community Development Clinic helps community organizations with everything from tax exemption to licensing requirements.
  • Criminal Defense Clinic defends over 100 indigent clients a year through the Public Defender's Office.
  • Domestic Violence Clinic provides free legal aid in civil matters such as divorce, custody, orders for protection from abuse.
  • Elder Law Clinic represents seniors over 60 in a range of matters including Medicare/Medicaid, durable powers of attorney, protection from abuse, etc.
  • Mediation Law Clinic trains students to mediate and settle family-related legal disputes.

Publications

In 2007 Jarvis & Coleman ranked the Alabama Law Review (ALR) 36th "on the basis of the prominence of their lead article authors."[8] This represents an incredible 63 position improvement from the rankings of ten years prior. A year before, ExpressO, UC Berkeley's manuscript submission service, ranked the ALR at 22nd, in terms of "number of manuscripts received."[9] Washington and Lee's methods rank ALR significantly lower at 57th, by the number of citations from other journals, and 75th according to their composite scoring.[10] However, these too show a significant improvement of 41 and 47 positions, respectively, over the preceding 6 years.

  • Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review[11]
  • Alabama Law Review[12]
  • Journal of the Legal Profession[13]
  • Law & Psychology Review[14]

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 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 70.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[4] Alabama's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 8.4%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[15]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates [16]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
72.29%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
16.27%
Employed - Professional Position
  
1.2%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
3.01%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
2.41%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.1%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
1.81%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
1.2%
Employment Status Unknown
  
1.81%
Total of 166 Graduates

Costs

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Alabama for the 2013-2014 academic year is $24,060 for residents and $37,810 for nonresidents.[17] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $151,398 for residents and $206,077 for nonresidents.[18]

Notable alumni

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