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The Birmingham School of Law is a state accredited law school located in Birminghammarker, Alabamamarker. 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

Law students must take a minimum of three courses each semester and be matriculated for all three semesters annually. In addition to the traditional weeknight program, the law school introduced a Saturday program in 2009 where students may earn their law degree in four years completing all required courses each Saturday. Eighty semester hours are required for graduation (of which 66 are required courses). The law school also has a mandatory bar review program and six-hour exit exam. Classes are currently held in the historic Frank Nelson Building in downtown Birmingham. In the past, classes were held at Birmingham-Southern Collegemarker, the Birmingham YMCA, and the Jefferson Countymarker Courthouse.

In July 2009, the Birmingham School of Law's passage rate for the Alabama Bar Exam first time test takers was 54.2%. This placed the Birmingham School of Law ahead of Miles Law School (0%), but behind the University of Alabamamarker (95.3%), the Cumberland School of Lawmarker (91.3%), and Jones School of Lawmarker (90.7%).


[[Image:HughALocke.png|thumb|left|225px|Judge Hugh A. Locke (1885-1971)
Founder, Birmingham School of Law]]


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


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