Desiree Alexander

Desiree Alexander, a Birmingham School of Law alumna, was encouraged to attend law school following college where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Xavier University and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College. “I did some research and learned that I could obtain my Juris Doctor (JD) degree and sit for the bar exam by attending Birmingham School of Law in the evenings. I applied and was accepted in the fall semester and began law school that following spring. I had no idea at that time that I had just started the path to my new career in law, she says.”


Alexander, a supervisory attorney and group supervisor for the Social Security Administration, says she was fortunate to have some of the best practicing attorneys in the state as her law professors. “Not only did they provide experienced instruction in the ‘black-letter’ law necessary for passing the bar exam, they took the time to discuss ‘real world’ examples of the practice of law,” she says. “And, my former professors have remained a valuable source of information and guidance since I became a member of the Bar.”


In Alexander’s opinion, Birmingham School of Law had two major advantages over other law schools. “First, the professors are genuinely interested in the success of the students. Second, it is an incredibly affordable way to obtain your JD,” she says. “I remember thinking how hard some of the classes were because the professors didn’t cut you any slack at all. But when I was able to articulate a legal concept correctly in class or on an exam, the professors were excited – for me! That motivated me to work hard and learn the material to show my professors that their confidence in me was not misplaced.”


Alexander recalls a quote from William Butler Yeats which says, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” In her role as a professor, she understands that quote much better now. “It is extremely gratifying to see that light in a student’s eye when they master a new legal concept,” she says. “As a graduate of Birmingham School of Law, I have a vested interest in ensuring that the students receive a sound legal education so they can have successful careers as well.”


As a professor at Birmingham School of Law, Alexander has taught Contract Law, Environmental Law, and Legal Research and Writing. She also has served as a substitute instructor for Real Property, Equitable Remedies, and Commercial Law. She recommends the law school highly. “For career professionals, receiving your law degree from Birmingham School of Law, sitting for the state bar, and becoming an attorney is one of the best Plan B career moves you will ever make. A whole new world of opportunities presents itself when you complete your JD and receive your Esquire designation,” she says. “If you are just beginning your career, attending Birmingham School of Law is one of the best investments that you could make. The potential return on your investment is unlimited.”

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