Academics

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.

Starting with the Fall 2016 entering class, the required courses are:

First-Year

Each student must take at least one seminar as a requirement for graduation. (An Independent Study does not satisfy the seminar requirement.)

Each student is required to successfully complete professional skills or experiential courses. Students in the class of 2019 must successfully complete at least six credit hours in designated experiential courses, and students in the classes of 2017 and 2018 are required to successfully complete three credit hours of professional skills courses. These courses are chosen by the student. The course listings provided by the Law School Records Office indicate which classes qualify.