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The curriculum of The University of Alabama School of Law offers students the ability to study in both traditional and emerging areas of the law. Supplemented with rich clinical, advocacy, and experiential offerings, students are able to study both the theory and the practice of law. With more than 100 elective courses, students have the benefit of breadth and depth of study as they build their understanding of the law, equipped with a firm base of knowledge and important analytical skills.

Upon favorable recommendation of the faculty, the juris doctor (J.D.) degree is conferred upon students who have

  • maintained overall grade point averages of at least 2.33 for all work attempted in the School of Law
  • earned at least 90 semester hours of credit for work in the Law School, including all required courses
  • successfully completed a seminar
  • successfully completed at least six credit hours in designated experiential courses
  • maintained, in the judgment of the faculty, a satisfactory record of honorable conduct befitting a prospective member of the legal profession
  • completed requirements for the J.D. not less than 24 months after matriculating as a law student and not more than 6 calendar years after matriculating as a law student


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 at least six credit hours in designated experiential courses. These courses are chosen by the student. The course listings provided by the Law School Records Office indicate which classes qualify.