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 courses, 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. Students should realize, however, that the ability to predict one’s future practice area or areas is not always perfect. Therefore, many students may benefit from taking a relatively wide range of courses.

Despite the freedom to choose that students are given during their second and third years, there are some subjects that probably ought not to be ignored. Included within this category is a course that offers some perspective on the practice of law — such as a jurisprudential or international law offering, or a comparative or legal history offering; business organizations; a course which deals with regulation — such as administrative law or an environmental or labor law offering; and a course which offers some taste of practice; such as a clinical or trial advocacy offering, moot court, or alternate dispute resolution.

William L. Andreen
Clarkson Professor of Law

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the Juris Doctor program at The University of Alabama must register with the LSAC Credential Assemble Service. Students will need to supply Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, their cumulative undergraduate grade point average, along with your personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendations. A Graduate Record Examination score will be considered in place of a LSAT score. 

The Alabama Scholars Admission Program streamlines the application process for students in good standing or graduates from specific Alabama universities and colleges. Students will still apply online through the LSAC website

Students of The University of Alabama are potentially eligible to apply through the 503 Alternative Admission Program. Criteria for this application are subject to change. Applications must be obtained from Assistant Director of Admissions Brandi Russell at brussell@law.ua.edu

Students considering transferring to The University of Alabama School of Law must complete one year of law school and provide first and second semester grades, a statement explaining why you desire to enroll with advanced standing, a letter of good standing and class rank from your current institution, a Credential Assemble Service report, and other documentation based on individual factors. Transfer students apply online through the LSAC website. 

Degree Requirements

Students are required to earn 90 semester hours of credit for work in the Law School, including all required courses, a seminar course, and six hours of experiential courses. Students also must maintain, in the judgement of the faculty, a satisfactory record of honorable conduct befitting a prospective member of the legal profession. 

Code and Title Hours
First Year Courses
LAW 600Contracts 4
LAW 601Property4
LAW 602Torts4
LAW 603Criminal Law4
LAW 608Civil Procedure4
LAW 609Constitutional Law4
LAW 610Legal Research/Writing2
LAW 648Legal Research/Writing II2
LAW 713Intro to Study of Law1
LAW 742Legislation and Regulation2
Second and Third Year Courses
LAW 660Legal Profession3
One Seminar Course 1
Professional or Experiential Courses (consist of clinical courses, externships, and simulation courses (including Trial Advocacy).)6
Examples Include: LAW 634, LAW 728, LAW 733, LAW 795
Elective Courses (required to fulfill the 90-hour requirement)
Students must complete 90 semester hours

To be in good standing, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.33 and not be on probation for any other reason. 

Once a student has matriculated into the JD program they must complete the degree requirement in no less than 24 months and no more than 6 calendar years from the point of matriculation. 

Certificate in Governmental Affairs

JD candidates interested in a certificate in Governmental Affairs must complete the following courses: 

Code and Title Hours
Required Courses
LAW 638Political & Legis Writing2
LAW 744Legislative Drafting2
Elective Courses12
Antitrust Law
Special Topics in Law (Democratic Institutions, Educational Law, Law & Public Policy, Reproductive Rights)
Environmental Law I
Health Care Law
Health Care Liability
International Human Rights Law
Immigration Law
Sp Probs In Constl Law (Immunity Doctrine )
Judicial Opinion Drafting
Law And Economics
Law And Religion
Public Internatl Law
Securities Regulation
Water Law
Workplace Law
Other Courses as Approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Total Hours16

International & Comparative Law Certificate 

JD candidates interested in a certificate in International & Comparative Law must complete the following courses: 

Code and Title Hours
Required Courses
Approved Study Abroad Program
LAW 710Public Internatl Law3
LAW 671Interntl Bus Transacns3
Elective Courses 10
Australian And American Law
Immigration Law
Intl Environmental Law Seminar
International Human Rights Law
Litigation, Intl. Domes Court
International Taxation
International Trade Law
The Law of War
Problems Corporate Law
Spec Prob Internatl Law
WMD Law and Policy
Other Courses as Approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Total Hours16

Public Interest Law Certificate 

JD candidates interested in a certificate in Public Interest Law must complete the following courses: 

Code and Title Hours
Required Courses
LAW 665Clinical Program (One semester in one Law School clinics)6
LAW 821Public Interest Lawyering2
LAW 769Poverty Law2
50 hours of community service
Elective Courses12
Externship Program 1
Administrative Law
Adoption Law
Adv Constitutional Law
Altern Disput Resolutn
Capital Litigation
Children's Rights
Civil Rights Actions
Clinical Program 2
Consumer Protection
Criminal Procedure: Post-Conviction Proceedings
Criml Procedure Pretrial
Crim Procedure Trial
Disability Law
Special Topic In Education Law
Employment Discrimination
Environmental Law I
Environmental Law II
Family Law I
Family Law II
Gender And The Law
Privacy & Data Security Law
Immigration Law
Intl Environmental Law Seminar
International Human Rights Law
Juvenile Justice Jurisprudence
Labor Law
Law And Economics
Special Topics in Law (Law & Public Policy)
Law And Religion
Lawyers & Social Change Prctcm
Spec Probs In Evidence
Mediation Practice And Process
Mental Health Law
Public Internatl Law
Race and the Law
Select Prob Criminal Law (Punishment)
Sentencing
Sexuality and the Law
Spanish for Lawyers
Sp Probs In Constl Law (First Amendment Seminar, First Amendment Survey, and Race and the Law)
Externship 3
Workplace Law
Total Hours22