Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

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Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law is nationally recognized for trial advocacy and quality instruction. Our curriculum trains students to practice in all areas of law, including corporate law, trial advocacy, health law, environmental law and public interest law. There are three components to the law school that combine to create its successful academic environment: First, the collegial, scholarly interaction between its faculty and students. Second, Lawyering and Legal Reasoning. Known on and off campus simply as LLR, this comprehensive, cutting-edge writing course gives each first-year student hands-on experience in skills that range from the initial client interview through the preparation and presentation of an appellate brief. Third, our location. Cumberland School of Law is situated on Samford University’s campus near downtown Birmingham, one of the legal hubs of the Southeast. Our proximity to this dynamic market offers our students an environment rich with opportunities for externships and extracurricular activities that enhance the classroom experience.

Contact Info


Website: http://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/
Address: 800 Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 35229
Admission Phone: (800)-888-7213
Admission Email: [email protected]

2017 Quick Overview

The Below Data Compiled By: The American Bar Association 

Students449
Student-faculty ratio21:1
Tuition $37,146 per year (full-time, in-state)
$37,146 per year (full-time, out-of-state)
$21,916 per year (part-time, in-state)
$21,916 per year (part-time, out-of-state)
Tuition Guarantee Program0
Estimated Living Expenses$17,433
Founded In1949
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline06/01/19
Full-time program application fee$ 0
Financial Aid Deadline02/15/19
Can first years start other than fall?No

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Real Time Applicant Admissions Data

Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

Real Time HIC User Applicant Status Admissions Data

Actual(A)/Practice(P)

Username LSAT GPA Status Scholarship Sent Received Decision Updated
ambergriffin12 159 P 3.20

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
ZacheriahP 147 A 2.75

Interested In Applying

No - - - 2 years ago
ambergriffin16 150 P 3.60

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
Catherinebuttrey 160 P 3.20

Interested In Applying

Yes - - - 3 years ago
scroberts2 165 P 3.70

Interested In Applying

- - - 3 years ago
MClarington 136 A 3.70

Rejected

- - - one year ago
Futurelawyer21 145 A 3.34

Waitlisted

No 10/01/18 10/01/18 10/18/18 4 weeks ago
Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants579579
Number of Offers424424
Number of Matriculants147147
75% GPA3.613.61
Median GPA3.363.36
25% GPA3.053.05
75% LSAT154154
Median LSAT151151
25% LSAT148148
2017 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students434
Total Students Receiving Grants348
% of Students Receiving Grants80
75% Grant Amount$21,600
Median Grant Amount$13,900
25% Grants Amount$9,300
Scholarships awarded based on maintaining a certain academic performance
Offering Conditional Scholarships:Yes
Students Entering With a Scholarship138
Eliminated (Students who lost scholarship)11
% of Students Who Lost Scholarship8%

  • % of Total Less Than Half Tuition (56)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (19)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (3)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (1)

2017 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (130)
  • Hispanics (5)
  • Black or African American (13)
  • Asian (1)
  • American Indian / Native (3)
  • Other (4)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (0)
  • Two or more races Total (0)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (0)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (4)


  • Total Women% (50)
  • Total Men% (50)
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2017 132 70.45%
2016 143 63.63%
109 99

Total Graduates 2017

  • Employed Bar Exam Required (211)
  • Employed J.D. Advantage (25)
  • Employed Other (19)
  • Unemployed (61)
  • Pursuing Graduate Degree (1)

The Above Data Compiled By:  The American Bar Association