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 the following:
For the first-year law class beginning in Fall 2019, the Law School offers a streamlined application program for select students in good standing at and graduates from the institutions listed below. The specific criteria for this program are subject to change from one academic year to the next. The Alabama Scholars application process normally will result in a decision within approximately 3-4 business days 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:
You may apply online through the LSAC website
If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com, or (205) 348-5440.
Students enrolled at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) are potentially eligible to apply through one of three programs: the regular application process, the streamlined Alabama Scholars Program (expedited review), and this 503 Alternative Program (non-LSAT standardized test). 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 have an LSAT score, a personal statement, or a letter of recommendation. See below and on the application for eligibility and other information.
Eligibility Requirements for Applicants for Fall 2019 Incoming Class:
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Scores: This Alternative Admissions Program does not require that applicants take the LSAT. However, if you have taken the LSAT or will take the LSAT, the Law School will consider your score in making its decision. 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.
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. Although this is a temporary program, the ABA has informed law schools in August 2018 that admissions subject to Interpretation 503-3 may continue until further notice. By rule, the ABA limits the number of students that a law school may enroll under this program. This limit is 10 percent of the previous year’s entering class. For the Fall 2019 admissions cycle, the ABA’s 10-percent rule requires that UA not exceed 11 acceptances and active offers under the Alternative Admissions Program at any given time.
Decision Timeline: The Law School will make admissions decisions under this Program in waves. The next wave of decisions will be communicated by June 5, 2019. To be eligible for the next wave, please submit your application to the Law School Admissions Office no later than Monday, June 3, 2019 at noon. Additional waves of decisions, if any, will take place thereafter until the program reaches the cap of 11 admittees, as explained above.
503 Application: To receive a 503 application, please email Assistant Director of Admissions Brandi Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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
You may apply online through the LSAC website or print the application here:
Visiting Instructions & Application
Visitor Application Deadlines: July 16, 2018 for Fall 2018 Semester and December 15, 2017 for Spring 2018 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.
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.
The University of Alabama School of Law offers the Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.