Birmingham School of Law

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Birmingham School of Law
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Established 1915
School type Private
Dean James J. Bushnell, Jr.[1]
Location Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
33°30′57″N 86°48′23″W / 33.51597°N 86.80641°W / 33.51597; -86.80641Coordinates: 33°30′57″N 86°48′23″W / 33.51597°N 86.80641°W / 33.51597; -86.80641
Enrollment 400
Bar pass rate 38% (February 2016)[2]
Website www.bsol.com

The Birmingham School of Law is a state-accredited law school located in Birmingham, Alabama.[3] Founded in 1915 by Judge Hugh A. Locke, a judge of the Chancery Court and president of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Birmingham School of Law offers a part-time program of study in which graduates receive the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

Program of study[edit]

The school is located at 231 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233. Birmingham School of Law has renovated an historical building into an educational facility. The school consists of an auditorium; mock courtroom; legal library; computer lab; and multimedia classrooms. In the past, classes were held at Birmingham-Southern College, the Birmingham YMCA, the historic Frank Nelson Building in downtown Birmingham, and the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Birmingham School of Law is a 4-year law school. Birmingham School of Law is not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and has not sought to obtain accreditation from the American Bar Association.[4]

Associations[edit]

Accreditation[edit]

Graduates are eligible to take the Alabama Bar Exam pursuant to the authority granted by the Alabama Legislature and the Alabama Supreme Court.[5] The Birmingham School of Law is not accredited by the American Bar Association, nor is the school seeking accreditation.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Clarence W. Allgood (1902–1991), United States federal judge[8]
  • James D. Martin (b. 1918), retired Republican politician from Alabama[9]
  • Richard Shelby (b. 1934), Senior United States Senator from Alabama
  • Mike D. Rogers (b. 1958), U.S. Representative for Alabama's 3rd congressional district since 2003[10]
  • Phil Williams (b. 1965), chief operating officer and chief counsel of TaxBreak, LLC, and managing partner/attorney for Brunson and Associates. Williams served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve. Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 10.
  • Grayson Glaze (b. 1965), Executive Director of the Alabama Center for Real Estate since 2007. Glaze has since served as a deacon for First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. ^ Alabama State Bar Detailed Examinee Statistics for February 2011
  3. ^ http://www.alabar.org
  4. ^ http://www.bsol.com/prospective-students/accreditation/
  5. ^ http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/34-3-2.1.htm
  6. ^ http://www.abanet.org/
  7. ^ http://www.bsol.com
  8. ^ "Clarence W. Allgood". Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "James D. Martin". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mike D. Rogers". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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