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Why Alabama Law?

There are a lot of things that make Alabama a great place to study law.  Here are a few of our favorites.

A Fantastic Student Experience

Students studying in libraryThe Alabama Law student body of approximately 428 JD students is talented, diverse, and academically strong. And the sense of community you will feel the moment you come to the Law School is second to none.

With a building that provides 24 hour access to everything from classroom space to study rooms, from a cafeteria to the library, you have all you could possibly need during the course of your day. And did we mention that we have our own private parking lot for law students?

Faculty Who Take Their Relationships with Students SeriouslyProfessor lecturing to classroom of students

Our Law School environment is the perfect size to provide close working relationships between faculty and students. With a low student-to-faculty ratio of 6.7 to 1, personal attention from your instructor is the rule—not the exception.

Our faculty members recognize that their most important role is shaping the next generation of leaders, and they make time to do so. In fact, several of our faculty members have received the University’s highest award for teaching. Alabama Law faculty are also highly regarded and frequently published experts on a wide variety of topics.

Superior Outcomes

Woman holding a plaque she was presented with next to a manThe careers our graduates pursue are as varied as the students themselves. Our students find that Alabama Law opens doors and prepares them to make meaningful contributions in their profession immediately after graduation and throughout their careers.

But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself:

  • 96.2% of our Class of 2022 were employed or pursuing advanced degrees within 10 months of graduation.
  • According to ABA data, Alabama Law ranks 7th nationally for percentage of 2022 graduates with federal clerkships.
  • Our 2020 Ultimate Bar Passage Rate, which considers graduates who sat for a bar examination within two years of their date of graduation, was 99.2%.

Wide-Ranging Curriculum

Library stacksOur elective offerings each year show that our curriculum can be deep and broad.  With certificate programs in areas such as Public Interest, Governmental Affairs and Comparative and International Law, as well as dual degree programs, students can pursue exactly the classes they need to prepare for their desired careers.

Opportunities like our clinics, trial advocacy and moot court teams, and law journals give students more practical experiences while still earning course credit.

A Fun Community

The Law School sits on the eastern edge of The University of Alabama’s campus, separated but yet fully a part of the larger University.  And though it contributes only a small number to the nearly 40,000 students, law students can enjoy participation in the wide-ranging University activities and organizations.

Tuscaloosa is the perfect city to house Alabama Law.  It is not uncommon to see Tuscaloosa in lists of best university communities and best places to live. While Tuscaloosa is a city on the move, it is also a community that strives to maintain its authenticity and charm. With great houses and apartments, locally-owned-and-operated businesses, delicious restaurants, and a wide variety of entertainment, it’s no surprise when visitors tell us they’ve fallen in love with T-Town.

Denny Chimes tower with university blvd street sign visible

[Updated October 2023]