A Guide to the Law School Curriculum

Today, a great many of the most talented students produced by our colleges and universities seek a legal education. While we are delighted that so many of these students have chosen The University of Alabama School of Law, we are also aware that their choice imposes a real obligation to provide them with the kind of legal education that will enable them to serve their society, their profession, and their clients with skill and distinction.

The "knowledge" you gain here, however, may not be precisely the "knowledge" you will use in practice. Legal rules and doctrines are bound to change over time, and your careers will span many decades. We, therefore, intend to teach much more than just "the law." We want to equip our students with the ability to learn on their own, to ask probing questions, to research, and to analyze. In short, we try to equip our students for a productive professional career by exposing them to critical and creative thought and by engaging them in that process.

The curriculum is designed to give students a great deal of freedom and flexibility. Apart from a group of core courses, most of which are taught in the first-year, students may select from a large number of electives, seminars and clinical offerings. They may choose to concentrate — to varying degrees — in one or more areas of law or to gain exposure to a broad number of areas.

This Guide to the Law School Curriculum has been prepared to assist students who find themselves faced with the difficult task of choosing among a host of elective courses. This Guide includes a listing of courses, including sample syllabi, as well as some recommendations regarding recommended courses within particular fields of law, suggesting how courses in different areas of law complement one another. Not all courses listed may be offered during any academic year. All of the members of the Faculty, as well as the Dean and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will be happy to assist any student in designing the curriculum best suited to his or her interests.