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“The average student is young and direct from college,” and “usually” comes directly from Alabama “or from a neighboring state.” Students describe themselves as “very smart” and “down-to-earth.” Politically, it is a pretty conservative atmosphere, though you will find students with a range of interests and viewpoints nonetheless. While the UA law population is “not very diverse,” “in recent years, racial and geographic diver¬sity has been a priority of the law school. The average age of law students has increased as well.” One ecstatic third year buoys this sentiment sharing, “I'm a Yankee, but the people down here are second to none. I wouldn't trade any of them for anything.”
While most students here are diligent workers, one-second year also assures us that they “know how to have a little fun” as well. A fellow student agrees adding, “It has been very easy for me to make several good friends among very diverse individuals with dif¬fering interests. While we study a great deal we also find time to hit up the bars in large groups.” Additionally, “The Student Bar Association throws parties every other week, and the students all socialize together.” Tuscaloosa offers “great weather” and “it’s a great college town.” Be forewarned though, for those not “super interested” in football “[it is considered] sacrilegious down here.” Indeed, Alabama’s social scene generally “revolves around sports,” and “football is a near-religious experience.” Devotion to the Crimson Tide certainly extends to the law school. In fact, students have their own cheer¬ing section, “right there with the fraternities.” As a first year student admits, “We sched¬ule our work so we can attend Crimson Tide ball games.” If you “don’t like football you’ll probably have a harder time finding your niche.” However, others assure us that “it is possible to escape and do your own thing.” “Birmingham is an awesome city a mere forty-five minutes away from Tuscaloosa and it offers everything an urbanite could need,” including “fantastic shopping, excellent restaurants, lots of young singles, a sense of community, and even a little bit of the hipster scene (somewhat of a rarity in Alabama).”