For the First Time in History, Women Make Up the Majority of First-Year Law Students at the University of Alabama

For the first time in the school’s history, women make up the majority of students in the entering class at the University of Alabama School of Law. Of the 137 first-year students enrolled at the law school, 53 percent are women.

This historic milestone mirrors a national trend. According to the American Bar Association, women have outnumbered men in law school classrooms across the country since 2016.

The Class of 2022 at the University of Alabama School of Law was drawn from a pool of almost 1,500 applicants. The students are from 24 states and China, and 19 percent of the class identifies as members of a racial or ethnic minority. The members of the class have studied, lived, or worked in 28 countries, read or speak 14 different dialects and languages, and have worked for U.S. Senators, members of Congress, and district attorneys.

“On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, it seems appropriate that women are now attending law schools in numbers commensurate with their presence in the larger population,” said Dr. Mark E. Brandon, dean of the School of Law. “Women in law school are achieving at the highest levels, and it’s important that we, as a society, are beginning to benefit more fully from the talents and contributions of all members, regardless of sex.”

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