University of Alabama School of Law

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The University of Alabama School of Law is the law school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the state's only public law school. The school was founded in 1872 and has trained many important figures in American jurisprudence, including United States Supreme Court chief justice Hugo Black.

The University's Law Center, including the Bounds Law Library, is located on Paul Bryant Drive in the southern part of the University of Alabama campus. The building was designed by architect Edward Durrell Stone and completed in 1978. Its current enrollment is 383, taught by a faculty of 50 full-time and 40 adjunct professors.

The school offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, as well as an International LL.M., an LL.M. in Taxation, and an LL.M. in Business Transactions. It operates a four-year J.D./M.B.A. program in conjunction with the Manderson Graduate School of Business along with a range of dual enrollment programs in political science, economics and taxation. Other certificates in public interest law, governmental affairs, and international and comparative law are also offered. The school offers all interested students the opportunity to participate in a practical law clinic, with a number of practices involved in children's rights, civil law, criminal defense, domestic violence, elder law, non-profit services and mediation law.

The University of Alabama School of Law publishes the Alabama Law Review, the Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review, the Journal of the Legal Profession, and the Law & Psychology Review.

In 2018 Miami, Florida attorney Hugh Culverhouse Jr pledged a $26.5 million gift to the law school, for which the University agreed to change the school's name to the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr School of Law. Within months the school and Culverhouse were engaged in several disputes over his involvement in hiring, admissions and scholarship decisions. In May 2019 he privately threatened to withdraw his pledge and future planned gifts. Chancellor Finis St John IV recommended that the University return his donations and reverse the name change. Soon later Culverhouse authored an editorial published in the Washington Post in which he claimed that the dispute was about his call for a boycott of the University as a protest against the "Alabama Human Life Protection Act", a highly controversial abortion ban. The school has disputed his account and provided emails to the press to substantiate that the decision had been made before Culverhouse made any public statements about the abortion law.


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