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“Smack-dab in the middle of Alabama is where the ‘Magic City’ has come to rise. Right in a valley, surrounded by forested mountain ridges, Birmingham is riding an alluring evolution. Young people are flocking home to open up restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, and startups—and it’s as if this Southern city has been waiting just for them.” — Vogue
Nicknamed the “Magic City” because of its rapid growth after the city was founded in 1871, the metro Birmingham area has a population over one million people. Birmingham boasts incredible opportunities for career, service, community and fun.
More than 5,000 practicing attorneys are located in the metropolitan area, with a large number of major law firms making their headquarters in Birmingham. A majority of the largest law firms in the state of Alabama, including eight out of the top 10 private law firms, call Birmingham home. Midsized and smaller firms, as well as solo practices, round out Birmingham’s lively legal landscape, providing a multitude of convenient job opportunities for Cumberland School of Law students and graduates.
Birmingham pairs a vibrant foodie culture with an outstanding music and performing arts scene. Not to mention, it’s home of the James Beard Foundation’s most outstanding restaurant in America, Highlands Bar & Grill, awarded in 2018, and other restaurants hailing chefs with prestigious James Beard recognitions.
The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to communicating the state’s athletic history.
Built by Paramount’s Publix Theater chain in 1927, the historic theatre hosts live music, classic movies, and numerous shows and events year-round.
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest motorcycle collection. The museum also features the world’s most extensive collection of Lotus cars, plus an assortment of other rare and unusual cars.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a center for discussion and education about human and civil rights issues.
The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in downtown Birmingham is a hub for entertainment. Its Legacy Arena and Concert Hall are great venues for live performances. The complex is also adjacent to the downtown entertainment district and the newly built Protective Stadium which played host to the 2022 World Games.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is home to more than 24,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawing, and decorative arts from diverse cultures.
First opened in 1955, the Birmingham Zoo is home to almost 800 animals stretching over 200 species. It also includes many endangered species from six continents.
The Lyric is one of the last theaters still in existence that was created to maximize acoustics and close seating for vaudeville shows. It hosts concerts, symphonies and community events.
Every Saturday morning, vendors from all over Birmingham gather at Pepper Place. The stands range from fresh flowers, food, handcrafted goods and more.
This 19-acre green space adjacent to Regions Field is the perfect place to study or have a picnic. It hosts cultural events, concerts, and is surrounded by downtown Birmingham’s dining scene.
Once the site of iron ore mining, Red Mountain Park hosts over 15 miles of trails, and two city overlooks. There’s also an off-leash dog park, zip lining, and three unique tree houses.
Regions Field is home to the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
This half mile trail spearheaded by the picturesque “Magic City” sign boasts skate parks and places to view the city and ends at The National Historic Landmark Sloss Furnaces.
This modern food hall serves global bites along with the classics. It has been publicly recognized in Garden & Gun, The New York Times, Food & Wine, and more.
The annual film festival showcases over 250 filmmakers and welcomes 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham to see their independent films every August.
Once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world, Sloss Furnaces has been turned into a unique museum and event center.
Competitive and exciting golf games for a few friends or a group of friends. Play a round of golf on a hitting bay while enjoying food and drinks.
Vulcan Park and Museum is the home of Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue. The park boasts some of the best views of downtown Birmingham.
“Birmingham is a fun city where you never run out of things to do...
...Even in the midst of COVID-19, there were plenty of things to do outdoors, like hiking at numerous parks. Birmingham is the perfect mix of a city feel, but not too big to where it’s overwhelming. My favorite thing is visiting the many local restaurants that all have a specific niche.”
Tyler E. Yarbrough
In addition to offering outstanding opportunities for networking, internships and externships, and job placement, the “Magic City” offers a rich history and a variety of activities to engage in during your time in law school. These external resources provide a wealth of information on our vibrant city.
The Birmingham Business Alliance promotes economic growth in Birmingham, Jefferson County and throughout the seven-county metropolitan area. Their OnBoard Birmingham platform is a one-stop resource for information about available jobs and living and working in Birmingham.
The Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitor Bureau promotes Birmingham’s tourism industry. Their website provides extensive information on activities, dining and nightlife, outdoor adventures, attractions and more.
In December 2021, Conde Nast Traveler listed Birmingham, Alabama, as one of the top 22 places to visit in 2022.
Fodor’s Travel listed Birmingham as a top 10 city in the U.S. with a surprisingly good food scene.
The Birmingham Bar Association is one of the oldest local bar associations in the United States. The organization supports its members in their practices, promotes justice and encourages public service, while allowing opportunities for students to engage during law school.
The Magic City Bar Association promotes and facilitates the professional advancement of minority attorneys and provides a forum for discussing and addressing a wide variety of community issues and concerns.
Travel + Leisure published the 50 best places to travel to in 2021. Birmingham, Alabama, came in at #5.
This Birmingham weekend guide by Vogue highlights how to best spend a weekend in the Magic City.
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