Telephone: (205) 348-5117



ABA Approved Since 1926


The University of Alabama School of Law combines great traditions with great promise. As the only public law school in the State, The University of Alabama has educated premier lawyers, business and civic leaders, and state and national leaders for over 130 years. The school was established in 1872.


Never content, however, with its past success, our Law School today offers state-of-the-art facilities and technology, an updated curriculum, increased opportunity for skills training, and expanded career services for students. Alabama is considered one of the best law schools in the Southeast and is ranked in the top 11 among public law schools by national surveys.


Our student body of about 500 students is talented, diverse, academically strong, and friendly. The median UGPA of our first-year class of about 170 is 3.7, and the median LSAT is 163. While the Admissions Committee, of course, considers the LSAT and UGPA, they also consider other factors which indicate a student will perform well academically in law school. The Admissions Committee looks for determination, diligence, the ability to solve problems and deal with difficult situations, and perseverance.


The Admissions Committee is also sensitive to the idea that a diverse student body -- a group with different life experiences and from different academic and economic backgrounds -- creates a stronger law school. Each class usually includes over 40% women, about 15-20% minority persons, and about 20% non-residents. Alabama law students are from approximately 80 colleges and universities.


On the average, more than 95% of those students who enter the Law School graduate in three years. Generally the law school employment rate is 98-99% within nine months of graduation. Our students are prepared to practice law in various types of work or to enter other professions. First-time bar passage rates are in the high 90s.


The University of Alabama is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The University of Alabama School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif.


The tuition at The University of Alabama remains reasonable, yet the Law School provides over one million dollars a year in student scholarships and grants.


Alabama’s trial and appellate advocacy teams are among the nation’s best and have won numerous awards. Alabama trial advocacy teams have set a standard few schools can match, consistently placing teams in national competition.


The nine sponsored moot court teams have won team and individual awards in many of their competitions.


Students have several opportunities to write for a scholarly journal while in law school at The University of Alabama. The Alabama Law Review is published four times a year. In addition to the Law Review, there are two other journals published at the Law School: The Journal of the Legal Profession and the Law and Psychology Review.


The guiding philosophy of the University of Alabama School of Law is that the institution must not only prepare future lawyers, it must become a dynamic part of the community. That philosophy is embodied in the concept that the Law School will serve a broader role of service to the state, the region, and the nation by the application of the School’s resources and expertise to problems that affect the way people live. The Law School Public Interest Institute encourages students to participate in legal and non-legal public interest activities.


The Law School includes the best law library in the state and one of the best in the region. The Alabama Law Institute, which works on progressive state law reform and employs law students, and the state’s largest provider of continuing legal education are housed in the Law School. The school hosts numerous conferences, lectures, and visits, including the visits of 8 members of the U.S. Supreme Court in the last ten years. In a word, the Law School is the center of legal developments and progress in the State of Alabama and Nationwide.


A newly expanded building houses the school’s extensive clinical program.


The curriculum of the University of Alabama School of Law is traditional, but certainly includes offerings in other areas of the law, including electives in environmental law, international law, intellectual property, business crime, and business. The curriculum also is rich in clinical, advocacy, and skills offerings. Perspective offerings, such as legal history, legal philosophy, and law in literature also are taught.


The law curriculum has been expanded -- particularly in the third year -- to include more seminars and elective courses that cut across traditional course lines and expose students to the complex problems with which lawyers and lawmakers must deal in modern life and that aim to increase students’ understanding of the development of the legal order.


All first-year students are required to take Civil Procedure, Contracts I, Legal Writing and Research, Torts and Criminal Law in the fall semester. In the spring of the first year students take Moot Court, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Property, and Contracts II. Students also are required to take Legal Profession and complete a seminar and at least 3 hours of professional skills coursework. All other courses taken during the second and third years are electives. Students may follow a track of particular courses in areas such as business, estate planning, or criminal law or may design their own programs of study after the first year. Most students participate in trial and appellate advocacy, an important part of the curriculum.


Clinical Programs

The Clinical Program offers second- and third-year students an opportunity to acquire first-hand practical experience by direct involvement in actual client cases handled through the Clinical Program. Through its various legal assistance programs, the Clinical Program also helps the Law School meet its commitment of service to the community and state while providing tomorrow’s lawyers with a taste of the real practice of law. Students may enroll in the Elder Law Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Capital Defense Clinic, the Domestic Violence Clinic, the Community Development Clinic, and the Civil Clinic. There are almost 60 placements in the clinical programs each semester for second- and third-year students.


Public Interest

In keeping with the Law School commitment to service, the Public Interest Institute was created. The Institute and its Director provides up-to-date information on volunteer opportunities in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas, promotes public interest programs, offers service programs and awards for law students, and works with Career Services to promote public interest jobs and externships. Students who complete certain requirements also may receive a Certificate in Public Interest Law.


Located in Beautiful Tuscaloosa, Alabama

A wonderful and relatively inexpensive place to live, Tuscaloosa is rich in tradition and committed to academic and community excellence. Tuscaloosa is rich in Native American history; some of the largest and best-preserved Indian mounds in the Southeast are located in Moundville, Alabama, about 15 miles south of the University. Mound State Monument is administered by The University of Alabama.


Tuscaloosa is an exciting city of about 100,000, and The University of Alabama has a student population of almost 30,000. The city is in a part of the state full of lakes and rivers. It was built on the banks of the Black Warrior River, now a link in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Lake Tuscaloosa and nearby Lake Lurleen State Park provide ample opportunity for water sports, camping, and other outdoor recreation. Tuscaloosa’s cooperation with the University has allowed for a rich cultural life as well. Tuscaloosa combines a small-town atmosphere with big-town activities, sports, and culture.


International Summer Programs

The Law School offers five-week summer programs at the University of Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland and at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. During the programs, students participate in two credited classes: a course surveying Swiss or Australian law and a comparative doctrinal course. In the comparative law course students learn about the Swiss or Australian legal system through presentations by Swiss and Australian professors. The doctrinal course, team-taught in English by a professor from the home law school and an Alabama law school professor, allows students to compare the two legal systems in a specific area of law. Students from the home law schools are also involved in the doctrinal courses.


Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program

The School of Law and the Manderson Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama offer students an opportunity to earn joint Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and J.D. degrees in a three-year or a four-year program of study. The first year is the first year of law school. The second year is the first year of the M.B.A. Program. The third and fourth years consists of courses in both law and business. Students taking classes during the summer can complete the program in three years.


Joint J.D./Masters and Ph.D. Programs

The School of Law is involved in joint masters/Ph.D. programs in Economics through the Manderson Graduate School of Business and in Political Science with School of Arts and Sciences. Students spend the first year in the law school and move to a combined curriculum between the two schools.


International Graduate Program

The School of Law offers a one-year program leading to the LL.M. degree. The program is for persons who have received a university degree in law in another country. The program’s purpose is to afford students whose legal background is not the common law tradition an opportunity to acquire a basic understanding of American legal institutions and concepts, prior to returning to their respective legal communities.


Dean: Ken Randall (205) 348-5117

Admissions: Claude Reeves (205) 348-2728

Career Services: Thomas C. Ksobiech (205) 348-6479

Continuing Legal Education: Steven C. Emens (205) 348-4960

Development & Alumni Affairs: Hattie Kaufman (205) 348-5756

Financial Aid: J. Noah Funderburg (205) 348-4508

Library: James B. Leonard (205) 348-5927

Students/Academic Services: Jenelle Mims Marsh (205) 348-5751

Clinical Programs: Robert R. Kuehn (205) 348-4960




KEN RANDALL, (Law Professor), born Mineola, New York, June 13, 1956; admitted to bar, 1983, New York; 1991, Alabama. Education: Hofstra (J.D., 1981); Yale (LL.M., 1982); Columbia (LL.M., 1985; J.S.D., 1988). COURSES:Constitutional Law, International Law, International Transactions. Email:krandall @


WILLIAM L. ANDREEN, (Law Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1977, Georgia. Education: College of Wooster (B.A., 1975); Columbia (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Administrative Law, Environmental Law, International Law, Torts. Email: wandreen @


CAROL RICE ANDREWS, (Law Professor), born 1958; admitted to bar, 1983, Illinois. Education: Illinois (B.S., 1980; J.D., 1983). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Advanced Civil Procedure, Legal Profession. Email:candrews @


CLAUDE ARRINGTON, (Law Professor), born Selma, Alabama, March 31, 1971; admitted to bar, 2000, Alabama. Education: Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (B.A., 1993); University of Alabama (J.D., 1999). Email:carringt @


KIMBERLY KEEFER BOONE, (Law Professor), born Ocala, Florida, July 30, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Alabama. Education: Huntingdon College (B.A., 1992); The University of Alabama (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email: kboone @


WILLIAM S. BREWBAKER, III, (Law Professor), born Harlingen, Texas, September 20, 1959; admitted to bar, 1986, Alabama. Education: Vanderbilt (B.A., 1981); University of Virginia (J.D., 1986); Duke (LL.M., 1993). COURSES:Antitrust Law, Health Care Law, Property Law. Email:wbrewbak @


JAMES D. BRYCE, (Law Professor), born 1939; admitted to bar, 1974, New York; 1982, Alabama. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1961; J.D., 1970); New York University (LL.M., 1974). COURSES:Federal Income Taxation, Partnership Tax, State & Local Taxation, Tax Shelters. Email:jbryce @


PAMELA HARNEST BUCY, (Law Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Missouri; 1991, Alabama. Education: Austin College (B.A., 1975); Washington, St. Louis (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Business Crime. Email:pbucy @


MONTRE CARODINE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Education: Louisiana Tech University (B.A., 1997); Tulane Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Evidence, Race and the Law. Email:mcarodine @


JOSEPH A. COLQUITT, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1970, Alabama. Education: Alabama (B.S., 1967; J.D., 1970); Nevada-Reno (M.J.S., 1987). COURSES:Criminal Justice, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy. Email: jcolquit @


JOHN SHAHAR DILLBARY, (Law Professor), born Tel Aviv, Israel, October 16, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, Israel; 2006, New York. Education: Bar Ilan University (B.A., 2000); Bar Ilan University Law School (LL.B., 2000); University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., 2003; J.S.D., 2006). COURSES: Torts, Law and Economics. Email: sdillbary @


ALAN DURHAM, (Law Professor), born September 28, 1963; admitted to bar, 1988, California. Education: Berkeley (J.D., 1988); Pomona College (B.A., 1985). COURSES:Patents and Copyrights, Antitrust, Trademarks and Unfair Trade Practices. Email:adurham @


HEATHER ELLIOTT, (Law Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia; admitted to bar, 2003, California; 2004, District of Columbia. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1990); Yale University (M.A., M.Phil, 1994); University of California (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Water Law, Land Use, Federal Courts. Email:helliott @


STEVEN COUNTISS EMENS, (Law Professor), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Alabama. Education: University of North Alabama (B.S., 1973); Alabama (M.B.A., 1976; J.D., 1976). COURSES:Clinical Teaching, Evidence, Trial & Appellate Advocacy. Email:semens @


J. SCOTT ENGLAND, (Law Professor), born Columbia, Missouri, October 12, 1972; admitted to bar, 1998, Illinois. Education: Truman State University (B.A., 1995); Northwestern University (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email: sengland @


BRYAN KEITH FAIR, (Law Professor), born Ohio, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, California. Education: Duke (A.B., 1982); U.C.L.A. (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gender & the Law, First Amendment. Email: bfair @


TONY A. FREYER, (Law Professor), born 1947; Education: San Diego State University (A.B., 1970); Indiana University (M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1975). COURSES:American Legal History, English Legal History. Email:tfreyer @


J. NOAH FUNDERBURG, (Law Professor), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, Alabama. Education: Auburn University (B.A., 1974); Alabama (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Trial Advocacy. Email:nfunderb @


SUSAN PACE HAMILL, (Law Professor), born Teaneck, New Jersey, July 28, 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, New York. Education: Oxford College of Emory (A.A., 1980); Emory (B.A., 1982); Tulane (J.D., 1985); New York University (LL.M., 1986). COURSES: Business Organizations, Business Planning, Corporate Finance, Limited Liability Companies & Other Closely Held Businesses, Partnership Taxation, Securities Regulation. Email:shamill @


WILLIAM H. HENNING, (Law Professor), born Tennessee, May 5, 1947; admitted to bar, 1976, Tennessee; 1983, Missouri. Education: University of Tennessee (B.A., 1972; J.D., 1976); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1982). COURSES:Contracts, Secured Credit Transactions, Sales Law. Email:bhenning @


STEVEN H. HOBBS, (Law Professor), born Summerville, New Jersey, October 7, 1952; admitted to bar, 1980, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1975); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Legal Profession, Family Law, Small Business Development. Email:shobbs @


TIMOTHY HOFF, (Law Professor), born 1941; admitted to bar, 1967, Florida; 1973, Alabama. Education: Tulane (A.B., 1963; J.D., 1966); Harvard (LL.M., 1970). COURSES:Admiralty, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Federal Jurisdiction, The Law in Literature. Email:thoff @


HARRY L. HOPKINS, (Law Professor), born Arkansas, August 11, 1935; admitted to bar, 1964, Mississippi; 1973, Alabama. Education: Southern Mississippi University (B.A., 1961); Tulane University (LL.B., 1964). COURSES:Employment Law, Labor Law. Email:hhopkins @


ANNE SIKES HORNSBY, (Law Professor), born Montgomery, Alabama, 1967; admitted to bar, 1996, Alabama. Education: The University of Alabama (B.S., 1979; M.B.A., 1996; J.D., 1996). Email:ahornsby @


PAUL HORWITZ, (Law Professor), born Toronto, Canada, December 26, 1969; admitted to bar, 2000, District of Columbia. Education: McGill University (B.A., 1990); Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S., 1991); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 1997); Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (LL.B., 1995). COURSES: Law and Religion, Constitutional Law, Legal Profession. Email: phorwitz @


THOMAS L. JONES, (Law Professor), born 1931; admitted to bar, 1961, Kentucky; 1968, Alabama. Education: Kentucky (B.S., 1959; J.D., 1961); Michigan (LL.M., 1965). COURSES:Contracts, Corporations, Decedents’ Estates, Equity, Estate & Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Trusts & Estates. Email:tjones @


DANIEL JOYNER, (Law Professor), born Durham, North Carolina, December 31, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, Georgia. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1998); University of Georgia (M.A., 2003); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2001); Warwick University (Ph.D., 2009). COURSES:Public International Law, Contracts, International Trade. Email:djoyner @


HATTIE E. KAUFMAN, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, February 21, 1945; admitted to bar, 1984, New York. Education: State University of New York - Binghamton (1961-1962); Brooklyn College (B.A., cum laude, 1964); Columbia University (M.A., 1966); Florida State University (1981-1982); Syracuse University (J.D., summa cum laude, 1984). Email:hkaufman @


RONALD J. KROTOSZYNSKI, JR., (Law Professor), born Corpus Christi, Texas, November 3, 1967; admitted to bar, 1991, Georgia; 1992, District of Columbia. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1987; M.A., Philosophy, 1987); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1991; LL.M., International & Comparative Law, 1991). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Comparative Law, First Amendment, Telecommunications Law. Email:rkrotoszynski @


MARY KSOBIECH, (Law Professor), born Sioux City, Iowa, February 24, 1975; admitted to bar, 2000, Iowa; 2001, Missouri. Education: Truman State University (B.A., 1997); University of Iowa (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email: mksobiech @


THOMAS C. KSOBIECH, (Law Professor), born Hinsdale, Illinois, October 2, 1975; admitted to bar, 2000, Kansas; 2001, Missouri. Education: Loras College (B.A., 1997); University of Iowa (J.D., 2000). Email:tksobiech @


GRACE S. LEE, (Law Professor), born Auburn, Alabama, September 12, 1974; admitted to bar, 2003, Illinois. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1996); University of Chicago (M.A., 1999); Northwestern University (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Secured Transactions, Business Planning, Contracts, Tax, Law and Sociology. Email: glee @


JAMES B. LEONARD, (Law Professor), born Hot Point, North Carolina, June 27, 1954; admitted to bar, 1987, Ohio; 1988, District of Columbia. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1975; M.L.S., 1980; J.D., 1986). COURSES:Disability Law, Legal Research. Email:jleonard @


GENE A. MARSH, (Law Professor), born Dayton, Ohio, December 3, 1951; admitted to bar, 1981, Alabama. Education: Ohio State (B.S./M.S., 1978); Washington & Lee University (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Commercial Law, Commercial Paper, Consumer Law, Contracts, Corporate Finance, Corporations. Email:gmarsh @


JENELLE MIMS MARSH, (Law Professor), born Montgomery, Alabama, May 25, 1956; admitted to bar, 1981, Alabama. Education: Auburn (B.S., 1978); Washington & Lee University (J.D., 1981). Email:jmarsh @


ROBERT L. MARSHALL, (Law Professor), born Mobile, Alabama, June 26, 1956; Education: Rhodes College (B.A., 1978); University of Memphis (J.D., 1986); Emory University (M.L.N., 1987). COURSES:Legal Research. Email:rmarshal @


MARTHA I. MORGAN, (Law Professor), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, District of Columbia; 1995, Alabama. Education: Alabama (B.S., 1972); George Washington University (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Civil Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Education. Email:mmorgan @


JOE C. MORRISON, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Alabama. Education: Alabama (B.A., 1969; J.D., 1975). COURSES: Clinical Programs, Legal Counseling, Trial Advocacy. Email:jmorriso @


MICHAEL PARDO, (Law Professor), born Illinois, August 26, 1976; admitted to bar, 2001, Illinois. Education: Illinois Wesleyan University (B.A.); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence. Email: mpardo @


DAVID PATTON, (Law Professor), born District of Columbia, June 19, 1970; admitted to bar, 2000, New York. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1992; J.D., 1999). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Defense Clinic. Email:dpatton @


DANIEL C. POWELL, (Law Professor), born Tuscaloosa, Alabama, January 10, 1969; admitted to bar, 1998, Alabama. Education: Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1991); University of Virginia (M.A., 1994); The University of Alabama (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Legal Writing. Email:dpowell @


SUSAN LYONS RANDALL, (Law Professor), born 1956; admitted to bar, 1983, New York. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1978); Columbia (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Insurance, Jurisprudence, Torts. Email:srandall @


MEREDITH RENDER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, New York; 2004, District of Columbia. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1994); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Civil Rights, Property, Gender and the Law. Email:mrender @


KENNETH M. ROSEN, (Law Professor), born Valley Stream, New York, February 4, 1970; admitted to bar, 1994, Pennsylvania; 1997, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (B.S.I.L., 1991); Yale Law School (J.D., 1994); University of London (L.L.M., 1997). COURSES: International Business Transactions, Business Organizations, Securities Regulation. Email:krosen @


NORMAN J. SINGER, (Law Professor), born Boston, Massachusetts, August 1, 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, Massachusetts; 1974, Alabama. Education: Pennsylvania, (B.S., 1960); Boston University (J.D., 1964); Harvard (S.J.D., 1975). COURSES:Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws, Family Law, Law &Society, Legislation, Sports Law, Workers’ Compensation, Legal Anthropology. Email:nsinger @


NORMAN P. STEIN, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., April 4, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, District of Columbia; 1981, Georgia. Education: New College (B.A., 1973); Duke (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Corporate Tax, Federal Income Taxation I, Labor Law, Law & Literature. Email:nstein @


GARY SULLIVAN, (Law Professor), born Dothan, Alabama, June 27, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Alabama. Education: Huntingdon College (B.A., 1992); The University of Alabama (M.B.A., 1994; J.D., 1996). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email: gsulliva @


FREDERICK VARS, (Law Professor), born Corvallis, Oregon, February 1, 1973; admitted to bar, 1999, Oregon; 2002, Illinois; 2002, North Dakota. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1995); Yale Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Property, Trusts and Estates. Email:fvars @


TARI DEVON WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2004, Alabama. Education: University of Maryland (B.A., 1992); University of Baltimore (J.D., 1997). Email:twilliams @