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Curriculum and Class Description

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.


First Semester (Hours)
602 Torts (4)
603 Criminal Law (4)
608 Civil Procedure (4)
610 Legal Writing and Research (2)
713 Introduction to the Study of Law (1)

Second Semester (Hours)
600 Contracts (4)
601 Property (4)
609 Constitutional Law (4)
742 Legislation and Regulation (2)
648 Research & Writing (Moot Court) (2)

Second- or Third-Year

660 The Legal Profession (3)


Each student is required to successfully complete six credit hours of experiential courses. These courses are chosen by the student. The course listings provided by the Law School Records Office indicate which classes qualify as experiential courses.


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

Seminars are classes with relatively small groups of students; instruction is on a more informal and advanced basis than in the basic courses. A high degree of participation in discussion, as well as substantial research and writing, is required of each student in a seminar. The drafting of legal instruments and preparation of legal memoranda constitute part of the work in some skills courses and seminars.