Birmingham School of Law
The school offers evening classes taught by practicing attorneys and judges and leading to the Juris Doctor degree after 80 hours of credit in a 3-4 year course of study. The school is not accredited by the American Bar Association, but graduates are eligible for the Alabama State Bar Examination under state law. Current enrollment is approximately 540 students.
The Dean of the School is James Bushnell.
The Birmingham School of Law was founded by Birmingham Bar Association president Hugh Locke in 1915. In its first years classes were held in Locke's office, First Methodist Church, and Birmingham College, where Locke was a trustee. Later the school met at the 20th Street YMCA. During the Great Depression, classes were moved to the Jefferson County Courthouse, where the school operated until May 1996, when it leased space in the Frank Nelson Building at 205 20th Street North in downtown Birmingham. In 2012 the school moved into the J. F. Oates Building as its sole tenant. The renovation of the building, designed by ArchitectureWorks, won a Merit Award from AIA Birmingham in 2015.
The Birmingham School of Law recognizes chapters of Sigma Delta Kappa, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Future Trial Lawyers of America.
- Clarence Allgood, United States District Court Judge
- Kim Chaney, Cullman County District Judge
- David Cromwell Johnson, attorney
- Bernard Kincaid, 1994, Mayor of Birmingham
- James Martin, U. S. Representative
- Charles McCrary, 1978, Alabama Power CEO
- Neal Morrison, Alabama States Representative
- John Robinson, Alabama States Representative
- Mike Rogers, U. S. Representative
- Richard Shelby, U. S. Senator
- Alexander Shunnarah, attorney
- Lanny Vines, attorney
- Jabo Waggoner, Alabama State Senator
- "Birmingham School of Law." (January 2007) Birmingham Then & Now Special Promotion. Birmingham Magazine. Vol. 47, No. 1, p. 137
- Diel, Stan (May 9, 2012) "Birmingham School of Law gets a change of venue." Birmingham News
- Birmingham School of Law website