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Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 421
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.09 - 3.57
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 92.52%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80.7%
Tuition $36,216

Overview

Overview

Reviews

Students at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law say their school is “a little bit of a hidden gem” and “a great place to become a lawyer.” The bar-passage rate is utterly fabulous. There are seven joint-degree programs and a “diverse array” of avail­able courses. “Practical skills are the strength” here, though. The legal writing program is reportedly outstanding. Students have an “incredible amount of opportunity to get experience in trial competition.” “As far as trial advocacy goes, you cannot find a better school in the country,” vaunts a 3L. “Practicing litigation attorneys train students in specialized trial advocacy programs, and the trial teams consistently win major national tournaments.” Externships and a wealth of community service programs also provide “unmatched” opportunities to gain practical experience.Cumberland is a small school with small class sizes, and it is home to “a diverse faculty with impeccable credentials.” The professors are “an amazing group.” “There is always going to be that jerk who is a complete know-it-all and thinks he hung the moon in any law school,” and Cumberland is no exception. As a rule, though, these professors are “extremely knowledgeable” and “hilarious yet simultaneously intimidating.” They “have practice experience, which is helpful in class because it allows for personal experiences to be introduced,” and they “emphasize what will actually be useful and necessary” when you are representing clients. “A wonderful open-door policy” is another plus. “Professors are willing to meet with students and discuss the subject mat­ter at any point outside of class,” and they “genuinely want to help students in what­ever way they can.” “I don’t even know why they put ‘office hours’ in their syllabi,” adds a happy 2L. Students also rave about their “hands-on,” accessible, and “very personable” administration. “They actually know students’ names and want to help.” And if you want to “shoot the breeze” with the dean, you can.Facilities-wise, “The campus is beautiful and is extremely convenient to all areas of Birmingham.” The “comfortable” and “awesome” library is “a great place to study.” “Also, the library resources are exceptional,” and the librarians are “wonderful” if you are in a bind. The “outdated” classrooms aren’t the greatest. They “can feel a little cramped,” and they are “windowless.” “In some ways, that is a good thing because it keeps you from getting distracted,” explains a 1L. “The technology in the classrooms isn’t the best,” either.Students are pretty satisfied with their career prospects, although the “extremely helpful” Career Services Office “could do a better job marketing the school’s graduates outside of the Birmingham legal market,” laments a 2L. “The alumni network of this school is incredible,” beams a 2L. “Cumberland alums are always looking to hire the bright young Cumberland graduates. And if an alum can’t help you out, they are always willing to refer you to some­one who can.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 158

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./Master of Accountancy, J.D./Master of Business Administration, J.D./Master of Divinity, J.D./Master of Public Administration, J.D./Master of Public Health, J.D./Master of Science in Environmental Management, J.D./Master of Art in Theological Studies, and J.D./Master of Science in Bioethics: All programs are three and a half to four years, except the Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity which is a 5 year program.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 53
Full-Time Faculty 22
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 26
Faculty Gender 66% Male
33% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 83%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,216 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $36,216 $36,216

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$47,779 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: July 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Samford University, Cumberland School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 151 - 158
LSAT Total 151 - 158

Samford University, Cumberland School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.09 - 3.57
Total 3.09 - 3.57

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#4 Most Conservative Students
#6 Best Quality of Life

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 88%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81%
Average Starting Salary $58
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 47 35%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 9%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 9%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 1%
Business Industry 21 16%
Government 9 7%
Public Interest 3 2%
Federal Clerkship 3 2%
State Clerkship 7 5%
Academia 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 15 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 12 7%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
GA 8%
TN 9%
AL 66%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Samford University, Cumberland School of Law include:

  • Horace H. Lurton - U.S. Supreme Court
  • Howell E. Jackson - U.S. Supreme Court
  • Cordell Hull - Founder of United Nations
  • Charles J. Crist, Jr. - Former Governor of Florida

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