Over the years BSL has held classes at the Birmingham Y.M.C.A. and the Jefferson County Courthouse. Currently the school has more than 500 students ...

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About Birmingham School of Law



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 Bar Exam.


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 law schools.


There are many famous alumnus of Birmingham School of Law who have made contributions as attorneys, judges, politicians, and other leaders. 


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.

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