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Recent Alabama Law Graduate Expresses Gratitude for Life-changing Scholarship

July 7, 2022

Tyler Smoot, Alabama Law Alum


Tyler Smoot (Class of ’21) came to Alabama Law with degrees from both Baylor and Duke, where he studied religion and divinity. He was motivated to apply to law school after working for several years with the Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee where he assisted adult students studying to earn their GED. During his time there, he noticed many of the students had criminal backgrounds and had gone directly from high school into the prison system. This inspired Tyler to serve the public in a different way—through the study and practice of law.

Tyler came to law school with a lot of responsibilities—including the financial responsibilities he shared with his wife of raising their two children. Fortunately, he was the recipient of the Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship—which covered much of his tuition costs at Alabama Law.

The 50 | 150 Anniversaries Logo, The University of Alabama School of LawIn response to receiving this scholarship, Tyler said, “I never would have been able to go to law school in the first place without my tuition being covered. I have a wife and two kids and because of this scholarship my kids are able to have food on the table and go to daycare while I earn[ed] my degree.”



To learn about how to establish a scholarship to support Alabama Law students, please contact:

Jason Wear
Director of Development, School of Law


Caroline Strawbridge
Associate Senior Director of Development, School of Law

Or consider making a donation to the Alabama Law Alumni Society, which provides resources for students in the form of scholarships, stipends for internships and externships, and other purposes that are central to our mission of training the very best lawyers for the 21st century.

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