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Academic Programs

Placement sites include Legal Aid Corporation, Internal Revenue Service, Alabama Department of Human

Resources, Family Court, the Non-Profit Resource Council of Alabama and private law firms.

The Dean's Award for Public Service is awarded every year to the Cumberland student who embodies the spirit of

selfless service to others. Students are also eligible for a Public Service Certificate after completion of 50 hours of

volunteer work through the Public Interest Project.

It is the school's goal that every student participate in at least one volunteer placement through the Cumberland

Public Interest Project. Informational meetings and placement sign-ups continue throughout the school year, but

several placements are competitive and are assigned in the fall.

Joint Degrees

In a society where rapid change is a way of life, keeping legal education relevant means offering more than one

traditional law degree. To help students prepare for careers in special fields and to broaden their thinking, Cumberland

offers six different joint degrees.

The joint degree program is a credit-sharing arrangement between the Cumberland School of Law and Samford

University's School of Business, Beeson School of Divinity, and Howard College of Arts and Sciences, the University of

Alabama at Birmingham's graduate schools, and Albany Medical College. The programs allow students to combine their

legal studies with graduate work, resulting in two degrees earned in less time than it would take to earn the degrees

separately. However, participation in a joint degree program may lengthen a student's time in law school beyond three

years.

Students generally spend their first year as a full-time law student and make application to the secondary school in

the spring semester of their first year. Candidates must make separate application to the secondary program. The

application process often requires the student to take the GMAT or the GRE. In addition to being accepted into both

degree programs, students must complete a Joint Degree Enrollment Verification Form and submit it to the Office of

Law Student Records. Students earn a separate grade point average for each degree and must graduate with both

degrees in the same term. Only credits and not actual letter grades apply from one program to another. Law school

class rank is based on the student's law only GPA. Students in these programs may be subject to a different maximum

credit limit. (See Academic Standard 201.)

The following joint degree programs are currently available:

Juris Doctor/Master of Accountancy, offered in conjunction with Samford University Brock School of

Business

Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration, offered in conjunction with Samford University Brock School

of Business

Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity, offered in conjunction with Samford University Beeson School of Divinity

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Theological Studies, offered in conjunction with Samford University Beeson

School of Divinity

Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Environmental Management, offered in conjunction with the Samford

University Howard College of Arts and Sciences

Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration, offered in conjunction with the University of Alabama at

Birmingham School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health, offered in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Birmingham

School of Public Health

Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Bioethics, offered in conjunction with the Albany Medical College

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