Birmingham School of Law is a state accredited law school in Birmingham,
Alabama with over 500 students. The school was founded in 1915 by Judge Hugh A.
Locke. Judge Locke was a judge of the Chancery Court and president of the
Birmingham Bar Association.
BSL is not accredited by the American Bar Association and is not seeking
accreditation from the ABA. The school is accredited by the State of Alabama
through the Alabama Legislature and the Alabama Supreme Court. Graduates
receive the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, and are eligible to set for the Alabama
Classes are held nights and on weekends and all instructors are licensed,
practicing attorneys. The schedule facilitates obtaining a law degree while
working and the instruction has much more practical application than traditional
There are many famous alumnus of Birmingham School of Law
who have made contributions as attorneys, judges, politicians, and other
For many years BSL held classes and had its administration facilities in the
historic Frank Nelson Building
in downtown Birmingham, but in 2014 BSl will move to their
new campus on the Southside at the newly renovated J.F. Oates building,
which will be renamed the Hugh A. Locke Building after the school founder.