Historical Timeline

1885

Judge Hugh A. Locke was born in west Tennessee.

Hugh A Locke Sr.

Hugh A Locke Sr.

1915

Locke began tutoring 23 young men who had purchased copies of Chadman’s Cyclopedia of Law. Birmingham School of Law is founded.

1918

Birmingham School of Law moves to Birmingham-Southern College campus where it was successful and met the requirements of a first-class law school.

1922

After leaving Birmingham-Southern, Birmingham School of Law relocates to Birmingham YMCA. The partnership lasted until 1929.

1923

Bar examination is established in Alabama.

1929

Birmingham School of Law moves to Jefferson County Courthouse. The school weathered the hardships wrought by two World Wars, and enrollment continued to increase.

1962

The written bar exam becomes a requirement for all law students.

1965

Birmingham School of Law celebrates its 50th anniversary

The Locke Children

The Locke Children

1971

Hugh A. Locke dies and Hugh A. Locke Jr. assumes the role of dean. An effort was begun to close the non-accredited law schools in the state of Alabama, including Birmingham School of Law.

1985

Supreme Court decision allows non-accredited law schools to remain open. The amendment was defeated with only one dissenting vote.

1994

Tom Leonard becomes dean. The school’s first honor code is established during Leonard’s tenure.

1996

Birmingham School of Law moves to Frank Nelson Building in downtown Birmingham. The school’s enrollment continues to grow.

2002

Ginger Tomlin becomes dean and serves until 2006. She made the LSAT a requirement for admission to the school.

2007

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Dean Bushnell with Alumni

James Bushnell assumes role of dean. Under his leadership, the school implements a senior seminar program which includes a bar review course.

2009

Birmingham School of Law begins Saturday program. It is only the fourth school in the nation to do so.

2013

School relocates to Judge Hugh A. Locke building, marking the first time school has its own building. The move gives the school 40 percent more room.

2015

Birmingham School of Law celebrates its 100th anniversary. The school continues to offer a quality education at an affordable price for law students.