The School of Law at University of Alabama

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Claude Reeves
Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee $40
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Alabama

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 25.3% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.83
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 165

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 25.3%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-167
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.42-3.94
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.83
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 165

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. MPA
MA MCE
MSW Ph.D.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Clinics: Civil, Elder, Domestic Violence, Community Development, Capital Representation, Criminal Defense Mediation; Summer and Academic Year Externships; Summer Abroad in Canberra, Australia; Summer Abroad in Fribourg, Switzerland; Public Interest Institute; courses in other parts of the University; JD/MBA; Dual Enrollment in other departments; Certificate Program in Public Interest.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 126
Seminars 16
Positions available in seminars 199
Positions available in simulation courses 487
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 154
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Ala L Rev; J Leg Prof; Law & Psych Rev; Ala Civ R & Civ Lib L Rev; 9 moot court teams; 5 trial ad teams; Amnesty Intl; BLSA; Christian Legal Soc; Civil Rights Law Students Assn; Environmental Law Soc; Federalist Soc; Gay-Straight Alliance; Intellectual Property Soc; Intl Law Assn; Labor & Employment Soc; Law Democrats/Republicans; Law Students for Choice; Mil Law Soc; Sports/Entertainment Law Soc.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 55
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 189
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 402
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 146
Full-time students involved in field placements 93
Full-time students involved in law journals 128
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 116
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 80

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 10.4:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 74
Full-time minority faculty 13.2%
Part-time minority faculty 8.3%
Total faculty 96
Total faculty (men) 70.8%
Total faculty (women) 29.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 9.4%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#29 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#43 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 66
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.1
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.5
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.42-3.94
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.83
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-167
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 165
Acceptance rate 25.3% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 10.4:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 76.9% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.3% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 95.3% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AL
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 78.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 509

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 509

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 2.5%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.0%
Female students discontinuing law school 0.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Noah Funderburg
Financial aid phone (205) 348-6756
Financial aid application deadline N/A

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $18,030 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $30,950 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $10,181
Books $1,400
Miscellaneous expenses $5,812
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 13.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 16.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.6%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 13.4%
Median grant amount $14,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$20,000
Full-time students receiving grants 46.2%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $63,277
Proportion who borrowed 77.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 127,636
Microform titles 400
Electronic titles 153,890
Other non-book titles 1,450
Total titles 283,376
Volumes (excluding microforms) 464,870
Volume equivalent microforms 157,256
Total volumes and volume equivalents 622,126
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 100
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 57
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 43
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 57
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 5
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 80
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 57
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 23
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 57
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 5
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 18
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 35
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 55,833
Total seats available for library users 506
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Wireless throughout. Comfortable space with plentiful seating and good lighting. Updated computer lab. 24/7 computer lab. Computer training room. CD ROM and video viewing facilities. Group study rooms. Friendly and helpful library staff. Electronic reserves. On-site cafe. Assistance with laptop setup. Group legal research training sessions. Ample and convenient parking.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AL
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 95.3% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 78.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 173
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 76.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.8%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 76.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 6.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 11.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.2%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Median private sector starting salary $87,500
75th percentile private sector starting salary $105,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 39%
Median public service starting salary $52,260

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.9%
Percent employed in business and industry 12.7%
Percent employed in government 9.5%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 13.9%
Percent employed in law firms 57.6%
Percent employed in public interest 4.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 69%
Graduates employed out-of-state 30.6%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 20
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 2.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.6%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.9%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 15.9%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 70.7%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 3.8%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.5%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.9%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Strong alumni network. Concerned staff. Shadow Program. Practice Interviews. Alumni Mentor Program. Job fairs. Resume, interviewing, and cover letter workshops. Practice area panels. Internet-based career services management system.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 92.4%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 99.3%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 5.7%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 1.9%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A

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