Very relaxed atmosphere - There are gunners, but they are not overwhelming.
College Football - It's nice to take a break from studying and watch a little SEC football.
Professors -The professors care about the students and meeting with the professors to go over that one thing you didn't quite catch is encouraged.Downers
Elective choices and scheduling - most electives are offered one semester only and often conflict with other classes. Thais is to be expected though, so it may be a stretch to call this a downer.Comments
Make sure you want to stay in the south long term. While the job prospects are great in Alabama and many neighboring states, the further out you go the lower the job prospects. However, this trend appears to be changing over the years as the law school continues to grow its reputation across the country.Would You Recommend
The school has a relatively small class size and classes are very accessible. Our professors are big on the Socratic method, but not in a mean way. They really use it to prepare you to think on your feet and be ready to talk in front of a judge. All our professors were extremely bright and very accessible.Admissions
The process is heavily weighted toward LSAT and undergrad GPA. The committee seems to also consider the essays (several are required including one special essay asking you about your greatest hero / most influential person). The financial aid provided is more than adaquete. Scholarships are very plentiful to incoming students and rising students as well (which is unique since most schools don't give much to current students).
If you're "on the bubble" then you need to come talk to the people at the school; it can make a huge difference in getting in.
The admissions staff here are the best in the country. So kind, super professional and extremely helpful.Level
The classes have roughly 60 students in each 1L section, the professors are excellent -- they are very knowledgeable (since all have actually practiced law and are well published) and are very engaging in class. The Socratic method is used in most classes but not to the point of discomfort in the classroom. All the professors have an open door policy and are available nearly anytime for questions or just general discussion. They often join students for lunch. The law school itself is competitive but there is a spirit of comraderie among the students. The school guarantees that every student can graduate with clinical experience (we have 7-8 clinics) and journal experience. There are at least 2 study abroad programs available each summer (Australia and Switzerland) and the school works with students to ensure that either their scholarship covers the cost or they can receive financial aid to cover the cost. Students also have opportunities every semester to clerk with a judge and/or be a research assistant for a professor. The faculty is very notable, several judges teach classes at the university and all the faculty practiced law and are well published in their area of expertise.Quality of Life
The cost of living in Tuscaloosa is very low. There are several places near campus where a students could live comfortably for rent as low as $450/month. The crime rate is low, especially close to campus and the campus police and security staff keep the campus safe. The law school itself has a new addition with great dining, there are tons of places to study at school - even outside the library, and the facilities are kept in pristine condition. The law school security is very accomodating and ensures that students have everything they need after hours. Students can use their ID badge to get in and out of certain areas of the school whenever they please.Level
The class sizes are very small compared to other schools I considered. I have also been very pleased with the notable faculty and quality of academic teaching. The learning enviromnent definitely is challenging and fosters a competitive desire to achieve the best a person can without sacrificing intergrity to get to the top. The work load is intense, but I would not expect anything less from a reputable institution such as this school.Quality of Life
Cheap appartment rent is easy to come by. Also the cost of living is low which makes it less burdensome to attend school. Overall the campus is very nice and there's a pleasent atmosphere.Level
They look at the LSAT score, have two unique essay questions, and one general application question. Alabama has numerous financial aid and scholarship opportunities to attract well-rounded and talented students.Graduation Year
They offer a wide variety of classes, some more difficult that others, but each class that I took helped me grow as a lawyer.Quality of Life
There is a great campus atmosphere at the University of Alabama, and the facilities have improved a lot in recent years. The library still has old "crimson" carpet that should probably be replaced, but other than that the facilities are excellent.Admissions
The admissions office was EXTREMELY helpful and informative, and the admissions committees make a genuine effort to get to know each of the applicants on a personal basis. The average LSAT is generally pretty high, I believe between 165-167. They also offer a lot of scholarships, especially to out of state students who do not receive the benefit of state resident tuition.Graduation Year
Classes are excellent. Large enough to be competitive, but small enough to receive individual attention. Socratic methods is balanced with other teaching methods. The quality of faculty is good and improving. There are substantial opportunities to study abroad and a great deal of institutional support to do so.Quality of Life
The collegial atmosphere and substantial social opportunities make UA law a great place to be.Admissions
Alabama requires a second essay beyond a personal statement. They seem to distribute a substantial number of scholarships. LSAT, process, LSAC/LSDAS seemed to be normal.Level
An additional essay than what's required at most schoolsLevel
LSAT, personal essays, references. Great opportunity for scholarship opportuinities and broad financial support from alumni base.Graduation Year
After first year, most classes are fairly small (~20 students). Most faculty members, especially the younger ones, seem to genuinely care about the students. They attend social functions sponsored by the SBA and host events in their own homes at their own expense. Doors are always open. This results in a very positive and motivating academic environment.Quality of Life
New building separate from the main University campus. Very safe, clean, and accessible.Admissions
When I was admitted, each applicant was required to submit an LSAT score and fill out the admissions application. The application was standard and did not require burdensome essays. Each admitted student was considered for available scholarships. Currently, Honors students from the University of Alabama may be admitted without and LSAT score (provided they meet certain GPA requirements), but to my knowledge, they are not considered for scholarships if they do not take the LSAT.Graduation Year