Member School Highlight – The University of Alabama School of Law

Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Founded: 1872
Joined AALS: 1928
Dean: William S. Brewbaker III

The University of Alabama School of Law is located in Tuscaloosa along the Black Warrior River, the only public law school in Alabama. The Law School is a short distance from major Southern business and cultural centers such as Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Mobile, Montgomery, Jackson, Chattanooga, and New Orleans. Alabama Law is an institution that provides its attendees with a low student-to-faculty ratio, high bar passage and employment rates, and stellar placement in federal clerkships—opening doors and preparing its students to make meaningful contributions to their profession immediately after graduation and throughout their careers. The University of Alabama School of Law clinics, trial advocacy, moot court teams, and law journals give their students more practical experiences while still earning course credit.  Certificate programs in areas such as public interest, governmental affairs, comparative and international law, and dual degree programs allow their students to pursue the classes they need to prepare for their desired careers.

At Alabama Law, the approximately 120 first-year JD students are taught the fundamentals necessary to practice law by experts in established and emerging legal fields who have published their research with leading law reviews and university presses such as Oxford, Harvard, and Cambridge.

The University of Alabama School of Law’s Comprehensive Advising Program mentors meeting with incoming students.

The University of Alabama School of Law’s Comprehensive Advising Program (or “CAP”) aims to bring alumni, faculty, and administrators together to ensure their students are connected and supported throughout their time in law school. Through the CAP, the law school pairs each incoming student with a faculty advisor and a career services advisor. Students are also given the opportunity to receive a student mentor through the Student Bar Association (SBA) and an alumni mentor from the Alabama Law Alumni Society. These mentors are paired based on the students’ fields of interest and backgrounds.

CAP advisors provide students with expertise to help them successfully navigate the many challenges they may face in law school. While an SBA mentor can offer advice about student organizations and study tips, an alum mentor can answer a student’s questions about navigating the transition to practice or a clerkship. Faculty advisors are particularly suited to assist students with advice about course selection, exam preparation, and wellness resources during law school, and assigned career service advisors work with each student to help them achieve their employment goals.

“Our goal is to provide Alabama Law students with the resources they need to help them succeed,” said William S. Brewbaker III, Dean and Professor of Law. “We have outstanding faculty and staff who put a lot of work into making this happen – building a community around our students so they know we are behind them and that they are always part of our family at Alabama Law. I’m especially grateful for the many alumni who help the Law School and our students by serving as mentors and investing in our students.”

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