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If you are an international student, you also must complete the following: Student F-1 I-20/J-1 DS-2019 Request Form

Note: The Law School application fee is waived for current and former AmeriCorps and Teach For America members, and for current and former Peace Corps volunteers. In addition, if LSAC has granted a fee waiver to you, we will waive your application fee. For more information, please review the Application section of the Frequently Asked Questions.

Please contact the Law School Admissions Office at (205)348-5440 or admissions@law.ua.edu if you need assistance.

For the first-year law class beginning in Fall 2017, the Law School offers a streamlined application program for select students in good standing at the institutions listed below. The specific criteria for this program are subject to change from one academic year to the next. The streamlined application process normally will result in an admission decision within approximately 24 hours of the Law School’s receipt of the completed application. A personal statement and letters of recommendation are not required.

Eligibility criteria for the Alabama Scholars Admissions Program are as follows:
  • Senior in good standing at or a bachelor’s degree holder from
    • The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
    • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • The University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • Alabama A&M University
    • Alabama State University
    • Auburn University
    • Birmingham-Southern College
    • Huntingdon College
    • Jacksonville State University
    • University of Montevallo
    • University of North Alabama
    • Oakwood University
    • Samford University
    • University of South Alabama
    • Spring Hill College
    • Troy University
    • Tuskegee University
  • LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.80 (according to CAS Report)
  • Completed Alabama Scholars Admissions Program application
  • LSAT score

You may apply online through the LSAC website or print the application here:
Alabama Scholars App and Instructions 2017

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@law.ua.edu, or (205) 348-5440.

The 503 Alternative Admissions Program is one of three application programs available to students enrolled at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). The other two application programs are the Alabama Scholars Admissions Program and the regular application process. Feel free to contact the Law School Admissions Office at (205)348-5440 for assistance in determining the program that is best for you.

The 503 Program and its criteria are subject to American Bar Association (ABA) Standards and, for that reason, are subject to change. Applicants through the 503 Program are not required to submit an LSAT score, a personal statement, or a letter of recommendation. Although the LSAT is not required, the Admissions Committee will consider your LSAT score if you have one. See below for eligibility information.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Senior in good standing at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) having completed at least six semesters (fall and spring semesters) of academic work
  • Current overall University of Alabama undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.80
  • ACT composite score or SAT mathematics and critical reading total score at or above the 85th percentile for the administration of the exam taken by the applicant
  • Completed 503 Alternative Admissions Program application, including signed Authorization to Access Records

Decision Timeline: The Law School will make admissions decisions under this Program in waves. The first wave of decisions will be communicated on December 19, 2016. To be eligible for that first wave, please submit your application to the Law School Admissions Office no later than December 15, 2016 at 12:00 noon. Additional waves of decisions, if any, will take place approximately monthly thereafter until the program reaches the cap of 13 admittees, as explained below.

Limits on this Special Admissions Program:
Admission under the 503 Alternative Admissions Program is governed by the American Bar Association’s Standard 503 and Interpretation 503-3. This is a temporary program. The ABA recently informed law schools that the Interpretation 503-3 program will be available for the Fall 2017 entering class only and that the program will not exist after that. By rule, the ABA limits the number of students that a law school may enroll without considering an LSAT score. This limit is 10 percent of the previous year’s entering class. For the Fall 2017 admissions cycle, the ABA’s 10-percent rule requires that UA not exceed 13 acceptances and active offers under the Alternative Admissions Program at any given time.

Please Note:
Although the LSAT is not required to apply through the 503 Alternative Admissions Program, a score may be necessary for an applicant to apply to another law school as an incoming first-year student or to apply to transfer to another law school after the first year.

Print the application here:
503 Alternative Admissions Program Instructions & Application

The University of Alabama School of Law admits several transfer students each year. Students interested in completing their studies at the Law School are welcome to apply. Transfer students at Alabama Law have experienced a smooth transition both into the Law School environment and into Tuscaloosa. Moreover, transfer students are offered opportunities to join student organizations, journals, trial advocacy and moot court competition teams, clinics, and social activities.

Admissions Requirements:

A student who has attended a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) may be considered for admission to The University of Alabama School of Law with advanced standing. The majority of students transferring to Alabama Law have completed their first year of law school.

A transfer applicant must have a competitive college academic record and LSAT score; must be in good standing and eligible to continue his or her studies at the law school previously attended; and must not be on any type of probationary status. An applicant's first-year law school grades are significant in the admissions process. It is rare for the Law School to approve a transfer when an applicant is ranked below about the top 25% of his or her current law school class.

A transfer applicant also must submit:
  • A Law School transfer application and fee. We encourage you to view the transfer application instructions before submitting your application. You may apply online through LSAC, print and complete the application above, or request an application from the Admissions Office at admissions@law.ua.edu.
  • A statement explaining why you desire to enroll with advanced standing.
  • A letter of good standing and your class rank from your law school Records Office.
  • A Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, which includes final transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Supplementary page providing details, if you answer Yes to any portion of the Code of Conduct section. If you have questions about any part of this section, please call the Law School Admissions Office.
  • One official law school transcript showing grades in all courses completed in law school. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. An application is complete after all the above material is received by the Law School.

No more than 30 credit hours may be transferred for law school graduation credit.

You may apply online through the LSAC website or print the application here:
Transfer Instructions & Application

The application deadline for Fall Semester is July 21. If you have questions, please call Ms. Martha Griffith at (205) 348-5440 or email the Admissions Office at admissions@law.ua.edu. A student may apply to visit The University of Alabama School of Law for no more than 15 hours a semester or 30 hours total. A visiting applicant must submit the following:
  • Dated and signed Law School visiting application. We encourage you to view the visiting application instructions before submitting your application. You may apply online through LSAC, print and complete the application above, or request an application from the Admissions Office at admissions@law.ua.edu.
  • Application fee.
  • A statement explaining why you desire to enroll with advanced standing.
  • upplementary page providing details, if you answer Yes to any portion of the Code of Conduct section. If you have questions about any part of section, please call the Law School Admissions Office.
  • A letter of good standing from your law school, including your class rank and stating that you have permission to visit at Alabama.
  • A Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, which includes final transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  • One official law transcript.

You may apply online through the LSAC website or print the application here:
Visiting Instructions & Application

Visitor Application Deadlines: July 21, 2017 for Fall 2017 Semester and December 15, 2016 for Spring 2017 Semester.

The School of Law offers a one-year program for foreign lawyers leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. The program is for persons who have completed a basic legal education and received a university degree in law in another country. Students may elect to take courses aimed at developing knowledge in specific areas of the law — such as international business law, environmental law, or comparative law — or may tailor a custom course of study to suit individual interests or professional needs.

International LL.M. Frequently Asked Questions

Please complete the International LL.M. application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at http://www.lsac.org/llm, or you may complete, print, and mail the paper application to the Alabama Law Admissions Office. In order to complete the application through LSAC, you must register with LSAC for the LL.M. Document Assembly Service. You may access the registration and application online at http://www.lsac.org/llm. The Admissions Committee encourages you to apply in the fall to ensure time to process visas and other special documents.

If you are an international student, you also must complete the following:
Student F-1 I-20/J-1 DS-2019 Request Form

International LLM Instructions
International LLM Application

The University of Alabama School of Law offers the Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD.) to the very best of lawyers already holding the LL.M. degree and seeking to earn the terminal degree, usually in preparation for an academic career in law teaching.

If you received your initial law degree outside of the U.S., the Law School requires a TOEFL or IELTS score unless the language of instruction for your law classes was English. If you have an LL.M. that was earned in English, you may email a request for the Admissions Committee to waive the TOEFL requirement. Please send the request to admissions@law.ua.edu.

The time to complete the program varies, but the Law School expects most JSD degree candidates to be enrolled for two to three years in order to complete the degree. JSD candidates must complete the program in no less than two years and no more than five years. Each study plan will be tailored to the academic interests of each candidate under the guidance and approval of his or her advisor and the Director of the International Programs, in consultation with the International Programs Committee. Each candidate will enroll in designated courses at the Law School until completion of the degree. There will be assessment after each class in the form of exams, critiques of research and writing, and/or review of lectures. The student’s faculty advisor will meet regularly with him or her and supervise independent study and directed research. In addition, the Program Director will meet with each student at the end of each semester to discuss the student’s progress toward earning the degree, providing additional review and assessment. After completion of one year of independent student/directed research classes, JSD candidates will defend their dissertation proposals before a committee. Students then spend the next year or more writing and completing their dissertations and defending their dissertations before a committee. Students in the JSD program will be in residence at the Law School.

Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) Frequently Asked Questions

If you are an international student, you also must complete the following: Student F-1 I-20/J-1 DS-2019 Request Form

International JSD Instructions
International JSD Application

Campus Security Report

The University of Alabama Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report and The University of Alabama Gadsden Center Annual Campus Security Report are now available. These reports are required by federal law and contain policy statements and crime statistics, and for UA, applicable fire safety policies and procedures. These reports also address policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security (e.g. policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses). Three years worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The UA and Gadsden Center reports are available online to view or print at safety.ua.edu. You may also request a paper copy of either report from the Office of Community Services at 205-348-8361, police.ua.edu or at Box 870180, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0180.