Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions
Deferment is not an option. Applicants may choose to reactivate their file and would need to complete another application and submit a $50 application fee if they wish to be considered again for admission. Applicants who reactivate their files are considered along with all the other applicants for admission and are given no special preference if they had been previously admitted.
Interviews are informational in nature and have no bearing on admission.
Only students who are enrolled in other ABA-accredited law schools will be eligible to apply for transfer. Samford University's Cumberland School of Law will not accept a transfer application from an applicant who has been academically dismissed from another law school. If admitted, up to 30 hours of the first-year law school course credits may be transferable to Cumberland School of Law. Transfer applicants are required to provide a letter of good standing from the dean of the law school attended, a CAS report and a complete transcript of the first year law school grades. Transfer applicants' files must be completed between May 31 and July 15 to be considered for the upcoming fall admission. For a summary of transfer application requirements, please refer to the Cumberland School of Law Admissions Policy and Procedures which accompany the Law School's application for admission.
Depending on the availability of space, a limited number of students enrolled at other ABA-accredited law schools may be admitted to Samford University's Cumberland School of Law as visiting or transient students. Those interested in applying for visiting/transient status should note that current Cumberland School of Law students who pre-register in a timely manner will receive priority if a course is over-subscribed. Students applying for visiting/transient status are required to submit the following: a completed application for admission, including a personal statement explaining why the applicant desires to take classes at Cumberland School of Law; a letter of good standing from the Dean of the applicant's ABA-accredited law school; and a letter from the applicant's ABA-accredited law school stating that the applicant is authorized to take courses at Cumberland School of Law as a visiting/transient student AND that it will count those credits (subject to appropriate conditions) toward the student's degree. Application page.
Simply contact the admissions office at 205-726-2702, toll free 1-800-888-7213 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yes. Samford University currently provides wireless internet access across campus. Cumberland School of Law has wireless access points installed throughout Robinson Hall and the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library. 99% of the law school building and most areas in the law library currently have wireless internet access.
For instructions to connect to Samford University's wireless network, go to http://www.samford.edu/wireless.
Cumberland School of Law accepts applications for admission beginning September 1. Applicants are required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), subscribe to the Law School Data Assembly Service (CAS), have two letters of recommendation and all undergraduate and post graduate transcripts sent to LSAC, and submit a $50 application fee if applying after Dec. 31 (there is no application fee between Sept. 1 and Dec 31.), resume and personal statement with their application. Any undergraduate major is acceptable for one to apply to law school. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a four year accredited college or university.
The Admissions Committee examines an application for additional indicators of a student’s potential to succeed in law school. Such indicators include the difficulty of the discipline studied and the upward trend in academic performance. The amount of time a student spent involved in extra-curricular activities and/or employment while in undergraduate school (thus decreasing the student’s study time), graduate work, and other maturing experiences are also considered by the Committee. LSAT score must be from a test taken within the last five years. The February 2012 LSAT will be the last test considered for Fall 2012 admission.
It is important for the applicant to note that the quality of the applicant pool varies from year to year. The admissions committee considers many factors in addition to LSAT and undergraduate GPA when making admissions decisions. With this in mind, applicants may use the statistics from entering first-year class to get a general idea of how competitive they may be for admission if only LSAT scores and GPA are considered.
No, however, the law school has rolling admissions so admissions decisions are made on a continuous basis once an applicant's file becomes complete. Some decisions may be made as early as December. We begin receiving applications September 15. February 28th is the ultimate deadline to submit your application, personal statement, resume and any addendum(s). Your law school report (CAS) and two letters of recommendations can be received at a date no later than April 1. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by the December 31st priority deadline as seats fill quickly and scholarships are awarded early in the admissions process.
Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Juris Doctor Degree. It has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1949 and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1952. Because all of these certification requirements are met, a Cumberland School of Law graduate is eligible to take the bar examination in any state.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Merit scholarships are awarded to entering students on the basis of LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA. Award amounts vary and range from full tuition plus a stipend and book award to a partial tuition scholarship.
All admitted applicants are automatically considered for scholarship assistance. Since scholarships are usually awarded early in the application process, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete his/her file by the December 31 Priority Deadline.
Three basic categories of scholarships are available for law students:
To begin the application process for Federal financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and include Samford University on this form.
Cumberland by the Numbers
Fall 2012 total enrollment at Cumberland: 424.
Samford University's total enrollment is about 4,700.
The entering first-year Fall 2012 class had 121 students.
With the exception of the Lawyering Skills and Legal Reasoning (LLR) course, which is smaller, students can expect to have about 50 to 55 students in their first-year classes.
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Faculty offices are located on the second-floor of the law school building, just a few steps away from first-floor classrooms. Faculty post their office hours and often leave their office doors open as they welcome students' inquiries. The faculty have a genuine interest in the students and are focused on providing quality legal education while pursuing a high degree of legal scholarship. At times, this involves use of the internet to facilitate dialogue and debate on various issues.
The average course load is 15 hours. In order to receive the JD degree, students must complete at least 90 semester hours of acceptable credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Most students earn the JD degree in three years.
Yes, for both entering and current students. Entering students have the option of coming to summer school. Students who want to begin in the summer take two first-year elective courses designed for entering law students. Second- and third-year law students may choose from a variety of summer courses at Cumberland or participate a school-sponsored study abroad program.
Flex time is an enrollment option designed to give entering students the flexibility of taking 8 or 9 credit hours each semester and having up to 5 years to complete the requirements for the J.D. degree. On their application, applicants indicate whether they are interested in flex-time option.
The flex time option is ideal for non-traditional students and professionals who wish to maintain his or her employment while carrying a slightly reduced course load. Flex time also appeals to parents of school-age children, as they would be able to attend law classes while their children are in school.
No. Flex-time students attend classes during the day with full-time students.
Jobs and Joint Degrees
Cumberland offers eight joint-degree programs:
Samford's campus consists of Georgian-Colonial style buildings and approximately 300 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The campus is located in the picturesque mountainous area of Shades Valley, less than six miles from downtown Birmingham, the state's largest city and industrial and cultural center.
Yes, the Samford Children's Learning Center opened in fall 1998, serving infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, including those with special needs. For information, contact the CLC at 205-726-4112.
Only undergraduate students live on-campus. However, since the campus is situated in Homewood, a thriving suburb of Birmingham near I-65, U.S. 280 and other major roads, a large number of apartments are easily accessible within 5 miles of the campus. For more information about apartments, contact Apartment Consultants, Inc., a free apartment locator service, at 866-923-0888, or visit their website at http://www.rentalabama411.com/.