How Alabama, Notre Dame compare for Monday’s BCS Championship game: Law school edition

As tonight’s BCS National Championship game between The University of Alabama and the University of Notre Dame looms, the two teams have been compared and contrasted in almost every conceivable way.

That’s not surprising since it will have been more than a month since the schools played their last games of the regular season.

So we thought we’d try a different kind of comparison: By law schools.

Alabama Crimson Tide

The University of Alabama School of Law offers the J.D. degree as well as both an International LL.M. and an LL.M. in Taxation. A joint J.D./M.B.A. program is also available.

Here are a few law school facts according to U.S. News and World Report.

• Tuition: In-state, full-time: $18,030 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $30,950 per year

• Enrollment: 509

• The student-faculty ratio is 10.4:1. Alabama has 74 full- and part-time faculty.

• Of the 2010 graduates, 76.9 percent were employed at graduation.

• Notable alumni: Former U.S. senator and U.S. Supreme Court justice Hugo Black, and Morris Dees, cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization. Because Harper Lee, author of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, attended (but did not graduate from) the Alabama School of Law, the school co-founded the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, an annual contest to award fiction about the role of lawyers in society.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame Law School grants the professional J.D. degree as well as the graduate Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees.

Here are a few law school facts according to U.S. News and World Report.

• Tuition: full time is $43,335 per year

• Enrollment: 563

• The student-faculty ratio is 9.9:1. The Law School at University of Notre Dame has 96 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

• Of the 2010 graduates, 85.5 percent were employed at graduation.

• Notable alumni of Notre Dame Law School include Brian Moynihan, chief executive officer of Bank of America; Pete King, a U.S. Representative from New York; and Andrew Napolitano, a legal analyst for FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network.

How we score it:

Tuition: Advantage Alabama

Enrollment: Draw

Student-faculty ratio: Advantage Notre Dame

Employment: Advantage Notre Dame

Alumni: Advantage Alabama

Overall: It’s a tie!

See the game Monday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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