Advocacy Training

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law offers an outstanding curriculum in advocacy, from Evidence in the first year of law school to the capstone class of Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy. The law school’s comprehensive approach to advocacy training has led to its ranking year after year as one of the top 10 law schools in the country for trial advocacy. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cumberland School of Law 6th among all U.S. law schools for its trial advocacy program.

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Cumberland School of Law trains aspiring lawyers to think strategically and tactically, in and out of the courtroom. In the first semester, every student takes the Lawyering and Legal Reasoning course, learning fundamentals of analysis and written advocacy. In the spring, the course advances to include appellate practice. Unique among law schools, Cumberland School of Law students can participate in trial and appellate advocacy competitions their first year.

Additional courses are offered for every aspect of advocacy: mediation, negotiation, drafting, complex litigation and client counseling. With each skill, Cumberland School of Law also offers competition opportunities for students who want that opportunity to practice. Advanced courses ensure that students have the latest knowledge, encompassing technology in the courtroom and e-discovery. Clinical education includes externships with opportunities in judicial, litigation, corporate, government and public interest placements. These allow students to try out their skills in real-world settings. This comprehensive advocacy training approach equips students with the lawyering skills needed to be prepared advocates for every legal career.

Skills Development

Cumberland  School of Law provides opportunities for all students to develop skills in their areas of interest. Beyond the first year, courses are offered in Scientific and Advanced Evidence, Complex Litigation, Mediation and Negotiation, and Legal Drafting. Skills courses are limited to as few as eight students, ensuring each student receives personalized instruction. In each area, students may practice further with intramural competitions or represent the law school at regional and national competitions. When students are ready to try their skills in the real world, Alabama law allows third-year students to handle real cases under supervision. Students who successfully complete a prescribed curriculum can earn a Certificate in Trial Advocacy.

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