Seminar courses allow students to study specialized areas of the law in a highly-interactive small-class environment. All seminars must include a substantial writing assignment, adequate to demonstrate the ability of students to perform in depth legal research, to engage in legal reasoning, and to express themselves in a clear, concise and persuasive manner. Seminars typically include opportunities for students to make oral presentations, as well as opportunities to revise their written work based on comments from other students and from the professor. With the exception of the general requirement of a substantial writing assignment, professors may tailor the requirements of the class to suit their pedagogical objectives and the subject matter of the course. Beginning with the class of 2011, all J.D. students must pass a seminar course in order to graduate. For students graduating in prior years, the seminar requirement will be waived upon completion of a publishable law review note for the Alabama Law Review, The Journal of The Legal Profession, the Law and Psychology Review, or the Alabama Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, or upon participation in the final round of the Campbell moot court competition.
Students may not take more than two seminars during law school. Petitions for an exception should be made to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Students usually may not take more than one seminar a semester. Petitions for an exception should be made to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.