Miles Law School
|Miles Law School|
|Established||August 26, 1974|
|Dean||J. Richet Pearson|
|Bar pass rate||17% (February 2011)|
Miles Law School was founded on August 26, 1974. Among the founders were Bishop C. A. Kirkendoll of the C.M.E. Church, Dr. W. Clyde Williams, former president of Miles College, former Alabama Judge and state Senator J. Richmond Pearson, and Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Graduates of the law school include Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, former Birmingham Mayor and current 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Carole Smitherman, Current Miles College president, George T. French, Jr., District Court Judge Eric Fancher, as well as Alabama State Senators Bobby Singleton and Rodger Smitherman.
Program of Study
The school offers a four year part-time evening program. Graduates of the law school receive the Juris Doctor.
In July 2009, Miles Law School's passage rate for the Alabama Bar Exam was 0% for first timers and 13.3% for repeats. By comparison, Alabama's other law school passage rates were: University of Alabama (95.3% and 66.7%), the Cumberland School of Law (91.3% and 100.0%), Jones School of Law (90.7% and 0%), and Birmingham School of Law (54.2% and 34.8%).
Miles Law School graduates are eligible to take the Alabama Bar Exam pursuant to the authority granted by the Alabama Legislature and the Alabama Supreme Court. The school is not accredited by the American Bar Association, nor is the school seeking accreditation; this means graduates are not permitted to take the bar exam in other states.
- William A. Bell, Mayor of Birmingham
- Eric Fancher, District Court Judge
- George T. French, Jr., 14th president, Miles College
- Bobby Singleton, Albama State Senator
- Carole Smitherman, former Mayor of Birmingham, current Circuit Court Judge
- Rodger Smitherman, Alabama State Senator
- Alabama State Bar Detailed Examinee Statistics for February 2011
- Detailed Examinee Statistics for July 2009. The Alabama State Bar.
- Section 34-3-2.1: Certified graduates of certain law schools authorized to take bar exam. Alabama State Legislature.
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