An Exceptional Legal Community and Quality of Life
Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham, Ala., offers a diverse array of professional and personal opportunities in a gracious Southern setting. Nicknamed the “Magic City” because of its rapid growth after the city was founded in 1871, the metro Birmingham area boasts a population of about one million people in a seven-county area.
Half of the membership of the Alabama State Bar practices in the metropolitan area, with a large number of major law firms making their headquarters in Birmingham. 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.
Birmingham appeared in the 2011 ABA Journal article, “Ten Surprising Legal Markets.” The article notes that “[t]here are firms here that have practices that are every bit as sophisticated as most firms in the country. In general, litigators here get into court much more quickly, earlier in their practice than litigators in larger cities.”
A February 2011 article by Forbes listed Birmingham sixth on its list for “The U.S. Biggest Brain Magnets.” The list looked at the 50 largest metropolitan areas and ranked them by gains in people with college educations compared to the population over 25 years of age between 2007 and 2009. The article notes that “Birmingham’s strong showing on this list is likely due to the rapid growth in its surrounding suburban counties. One big development sure to lure brains: the rapid expansion of the University of Alabama [at Birmingham]’s medical center and surrounding private medical industry.”
In addition, a 2009 Forbes article listed Birmingham Metro as one of “America’s Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities.” Among the list criteria were solid housing markets, stable employment, desirable cost of living and quick commutes times.
Headquartered in Birmingham are Regions Financial Corporation, a member of the S&P 500 Index, and BBVA Compass, which is among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share. Birmingham is also home to Drummond Company, Inc. and EBSCO Industries, Inc.—two Alabama based companies listed on Forbes’ 2012 list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” In addition, Alabama has attracted Mercedes, Hyundai and Honda’s automotive assembly plants.
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