Students engaging in a mock trial exercise. The Pre-Law Program at UAB is intended to help students interested in attending law school and pursuing a career in the legal profession to achieve those goals by providing them with:

  • pre-law advising
  • an academic minor that exposes them to the substantive study of the law
  • opportunities to participate in experiential learning through internships with local law firms and the Mock Trial Team
  • opportunities to participate in the undergraduate Pre-Law Society, an extracurricular student organization dedicated to serving undergraduate students with a pre-law interest by sponsoring activities throughout the year, including the annual Pre-Law Forum

Scholarships are available for qualified students.

The Pre-Law Program is overseen by a program director and supported by faculty members in the Departments of Justice Sciences, Government, and Philosophy. It is also supported by members of the Birmingham Bar Association, who give of their time and talent by serving as guest lecturers in various law and law-related classes; overseeing programmatic fundraising and scholarship development; and providing students with internship opportunities in various settings.

The Legal Affairs Minor

A critical component of the Pre-Law Program is its Legal Affairs minor, designed to help students learn to think both critically and creatively about law. Because the curriculum is interdisciplinary and presents law as the subject of liberal inquiry, students in the minor examine law from various perspectives.

The minor also provides students the opportunity to develop a solid foundation of knowledge on topics including:

  • the origins and functions of law
  • basic rules of law
  • comparative legal systems
  • law as a social phenomenon
  • the influences and effects of the legal profession on society
  • the impact of societal trends and changes on law.

Further Information

For more information or to schedule pre-law advising, please contact the Pre-Law Program Director, Anne P. Wheeler.