ABA Required Disclosures

In compliance with ABA Standard 509, the following information about Cumberland School of Law and its J.D. Program is provided to current and prospective students. The Standard 509 Information Report is compiled from the latest (AY 2013) information submitted in the annual ABA questionnaire.

About Samford University's Cumberland School of Law

Cumberland School of Law, established in 1847 as a part of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, is one of the oldest law schools in the country. The law school was acquired by Samford University in 1961. Today, Samford University is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution of higher learning in Alabama. Samford’s beautiful 300 acre campus is located in a suburban area of Birmingham, the state’s largest industrial, business, and cultural center. Cumberland School of Law has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) since 1952 and has been accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1949.

The Office of the Consultant on Legal Education/Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar can be reached at American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654 (phone: 312.988.6738 & fax: 312.988.5681).

Transfer Credit Details
After a transfer student is admitted the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs determines the number of law school credit hours that will transfer. A maximum of 40 hours of previous coursework may transfer. In most instances all credit hours earned in regular first-year law courses at an ABA-approved law school with a grade of "C" or better will transfer. Transfer credit will not be awarded for coursework graded on a "Pass/Fail or similar basis, or in which a student received a grade lower than a "C" or its equivalent. Transfer students are not assigned a class ranking until two semesters of study at Cumberland School of Law have been completed. Apply to be a transfer student.


Employment Data

Individual employment summary reports for graduates

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The National Association for Law Placement (NALP)



The law school seeks a diverse student body that will make a contribution to the law school and the legal profession. To that end, every applicant’s file is thoroughly reviewed for admission. In addition to the LSAT and GPA, difficulty of major, personal challenges overcome, graduate work completed, scholarly achievements, and volunteer and work experience are also considered. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so it is important to apply early. 

Fall 2014 Entering Class Admission Statistics
75th percentile LSAT: 154
Median LSAT: 151
25th percentile LSAT: 148
75th percentile GPA: 3.5
Median GPA: 3.2
25th percentile GPA: 2.9

Fall 2014 Entering Class Profile
Total Students 147
Female 42%
Male 58%
In-State 57%
Out-of-State 43%
Minorities 11%
Undergraduate Colleges/Universities 56


Conditional Scholarship Data*

Students Matriculating In # Entering with Conditional Scholarships # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2011 31 5
Fall 2012 40 6
Fall 2013 60  

*Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s scholarship retention policy was first implemented with the fall 2011 entering class. Conditional scholarships are suspended for those recipients who are not in good scholarship standing. Good scholarship standing requires recipients to maintain a law school GPA that would rank them in the top two-thirds of their class at the conclusion of an academic year.  Scholarships can be reinstated for a subsequent academic year where a recipient restores his or her class rank to be within the academic requirement.

Generous merit-based scholarship assistance is awarded to Cumberland’s entering and current law students annually. In addition, numerous other scholarships are provided to those students who distinguish themselves academically, make outstanding contributions through leadership in the law school, or demonstrate financial need.


Tuition and Cost of Living

2014-15 Law Student Budget

  Full-time Flex-time: 8 hours** Flex-time: 9 hours**
(Fall and Spring Semesters)
$36,234 Tuition for the flex-time program is $1,189 per credit hour. Tuition for the flex-time program is $1,189 per credit hour.
Room/board 9,500    
Technology Fee 300    
Books/supplies 2,000    
Transportation 1,750    
Personal/Miscellaneous 3,024    
Activity Fee 200    
Total budget $53,008 For a detail flex-time budget, contact the Office of Financial Aid. For a detail flex-time budget, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

*Tuition costs are subject to change for the 2015–16 academic year.
**Costs associated with one term only of the academic year subject to change.

The cost of attendance, the total estimated amount it will cost a student to complete one year of Law school, is determined using rules established by the U.S. Congress. Contact the Samford University Financial Aid Office if you have any unusual expenses that might affect your cost of attendance.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or “FAFSA” form can be access at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.


Refund Policy:

The refund policy is set by Samford University. It can be found at the Bursar's Office Website: http://www.samford.edu/bursar/default.aspx?id=45097166717

All seat deposits paid during the admission process are nonrefundable. If a student enrolls, all seat deposits will be credited toward the fall tuition of the entering admission year.


Dual Degree Programs

The typical joint-degree program permits the student to apply 12 hours in the other program toward the J.D. requirements, these grades are not transferred to the student’s law school transcript. Similarly, a student may apply 6-9 hours (depending on the program) of law school credit toward the other graduate degree.

Courses taken prior to matriculation in the law school’s J.D. program may not be counted toward the J.D. degree requirements. A student participating in a joint-degree program will not be permitted to count the credit hours for courses taken in the other degree program toward the J.D. requirements until the other degree is awarded following completion of all applicable requirements.

Joint Degrees Offered:


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