The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Jennifer Y. Sims
Application deadline February 28
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 41.9% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.29
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 41.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.97-3.53
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.29
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.P.H. J.D./M.S. Environmental Management
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.Acc. J.D./M.A.T.S.
J.D./M.Div J.D./M.S.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Semester-long and summer externships; Judicial Externships; Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy program; The Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics; Cumberland Community Mediation Center; Summer study abroad program – In Sidney-Sussex College in Cambridge, England.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 112
Seminars 17
Positions available in seminars 226
Positions available in simulation courses 466
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses N/A
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The Cumberland Public Interest Project; The American Journal of Trial Advocacy; The Cumberland Law Review; The Moot Court Board; The Trial Advocacy Board; The Cordell Hull Speakers Forum; Student Bar Association; American Constitutional Society; Black Law Students Association; Christian Legal Society; Cumberland Community Service; Cumberland Democrats; Federalist Society and Women in Law.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 54
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 176
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 397
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses N/A
Full-time students involved in field placements 49
Full-time students involved in law journals 91
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 46
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 115

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 18.0:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 48
Full-time minority faculty 17.4%
Part-time minority faculty 8.0%
Total faculty 53
Total faculty (men) 67.9%
Total faculty (women) 32.1%
Total faculty (minorities) 15.1%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#142 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#81 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#4 in Trial Advocacy

Law Ranking Scores

Score 32
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.8
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.97-3.53
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.29
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155
Acceptance rate 41.9% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 18.0:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 44.2% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.2% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.0% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AL
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 78.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 489

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 489

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 2.4%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 9.2%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 4.3%
Female students discontinuing law school 3.7%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Lane Smith
Financial aid phone (205) 726-2905
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $34,848 per year
Part-time: $20,714 per year
Room and board $13,500
Books $2,000
Miscellaneous expenses $6,402
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 18.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 9.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 6.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.4%
Median grant amount $18,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$30,900
Full-time students receiving grants 35.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount $0
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $0–$0
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $115,335
Proportion who borrowed 77.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 39,697
Microform titles 62
Electronic titles 14
Other non-book titles 635
Total titles 40,408
Volumes (excluding microforms) 203,605
Volume equivalent microforms 125,975
Total volumes and volume equivalents 329,580
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 105
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 56
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 41
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 56
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 7
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 43
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 38
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 38
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 3
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 200
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 42,500
Total seats available for library users 474
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The law school and law library, connected by a passageway, are located on the campus of Samford University which is known for its Georgian-Colonial architectural style. The law school, in addition to its classrooms and seminar rooms, has 3 fully-equipped courtrooms. The law library has four levels for access to a variety of study spaces. All areas are handicap accessible.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AL
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.0% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 78.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 156
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 44.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.8%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.2%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 44.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 6.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 42.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 4.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 78.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 5.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 9.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.2%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $100,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 38%
Median public service starting salary $47,500

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 15.6%
Percent employed in government 6.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 7.4%
Percent employed in law firms 63.9%
Percent employed in public interest 5.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 67%
Graduates employed out-of-state 31.2%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 10
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 10.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 80.3%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 3.3%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.5%
Employment location unknown 1.6%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations STAFF: Director, Associate Director, and Program Support Specialist SERVICES: Career Counseling, Fall & Spring On-Campus Interview Program, Practice Interviews, Career Skills Training, Job Fairs, Online Job Postings for students and alumni RESOURCES: Computer Lab, Library/Resource Room with fax/copy machine availability, Interview Suites, and reciprocity with ABA law schools.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 78.3%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 86.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 15.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 5.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.7%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%