Frequently Asked Questions - General

Deferment is only offered to applicants called into active military duty or students in other extreme extenuating circumstances as determined by the Office of Admission. Outside of those situations, applicants who wish to attend Cumberland School of Law at a later date much reapply or reactivate their file. Applicants who reapply or reactivate their file are considered along with all other applicants for admission and are given no special preference.

While visits to the law school are strongly encouraged, interviews are granted by request only, are informal in nature and have no bearing on admission to the law school.

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 Admission 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.

Yes. Those interested in visiting the school or attending a first-year class are encouraged attend an Open House or schedule an appointment through the admission office. E-mail: lawadm@samford.edu, 205-726-2702 or toll free 1-800-888-7213.  Read more about visits.

Simply contact the admission office at 205-726-2702, toll free 1-800-888-7213 or via e-mail at lawadm@samford.edu.

Minimum requirements for Windows computers are:

1.5Ghz or faster Processor
100GB Hard Drive
2 GB Memory
Wireless (802.11b/g) and/or Wired Ethernet
Windows Vista or later
Microsoft Office Standard or Student Edition
Anti-Virus Software (See the University PTG Web Site for list of recommended AV Products)

Minimum requirements for Macintosh computers are:

1.5Ghz or Faster Processor
100GB Hard Drive
2 GB Memory
Wireless (802.11b/g) and/or Wired Ethernet
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
Microsoft Office for Mac Standard or Student Edition
Anti-Virus Software (See the University PTG Web Site for list of recommended AV Products)

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 Admission 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 Admission 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 2014 LSAT will be the last test considered for Fall 2014 admission.

It is important for the applicant to note that the quality of the applicant pool varies from year to year. The admission committee considers many factors in addition to LSAT and undergraduate GPA when making admission 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 admission, so admission 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 on September 1st. March 14th is the ultimate deadline to submit your application, personal statement, resume and any addenda. Your credential assembly service (CAS) report and two letters of recommendation can be received at a date no later than April 1st. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by the December 31st priority deadline, as seats fill quickly and scholarships are awarded early in the admission process.  There is no application fee charged prior to the priority deadline.