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Where good people become exceptional laWyers

Our missiOn at Cumberland School of

Law is to educate a diverse group of people in a

nurturing environment to become highly competent

and ethical lawyers who possess knowledge and

practical skills and are committed to professionalism

and service.

Our ambition is to empower every Cumberland

graduate to make a significant impact in the world,

becoming an exemplary ambassador of the legal


Table of ConTenTs

I. The sChool 7

History 7

Samford University 9

II. aCademIC advanTages 13

Lawyering and Legal Reasoning 13

Advocacy 16

III. Course requIremenTs 17

Curriculum 18

Iv. addITIonal sTudy 19

Joint Degrees 19

International Study 20

v. faCulTy 21

Staff 24

Adjunct Faculty 25

vI. alumnI 26

vII. resourCes 27

Technology 27

The Center for Biotechnology, Law, and Ethics 28

Office of Student Services 28

Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library 29

vIII. CommunITy InvolvemenT 31

Externships 31

Community Service 31

Public Interest Legal Opportunities 32

IX. CommunITy 33

Birmingham 33

X. organIzaTIons 37

Publications 37

Extracurricular Activities 37

Special Interest Organizations 38

XI. Career servICes 39

XII. TuITIon and fees 41

Scholarships and Financial Aid 42

message from dean 43

aCademIC Calendar 44


WeLCOme to your moment of decision. Law school is an investment in your future.

It asks for your time, energy, resources, and mental fortitude. It could also be the most rewarding

experience of your life. If you make this commitment to Cumberland School of Law, then

we, in turn, make a commitment to you to provide the greatest return on your investment.


Why Cumberland?

Placed in the top ten of 170 law schools for quality of life

in The Princeton Review for 2005, 2006, and 2007.

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Achieved 96% placement rate for graduates in 2007.

Why Cumberland?

Awards over $2,500,000 in scholarship monies.

One of the few law schools to award scholarships

based on leadership, need, and merit.

Small class size ensures personalized attention

from faculty and staff.

Why Cumberland?

exposure to the wide range of career, recreational, and

cultural opportunities of a major Southern city.

Proximity to a vibrant legal community

with 3,200 practicing attorneys, federal and state

courts, and government agencies.

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I. The School

A LegACy Of ACCOmPLIShment

established in 1847, Cumberland is one of the oldest law schools in the country.

Originally located in Lebanon, tennessee, the school was founded by Judge Abraham

Caruthers, an innovator in legal education. In a time when legal study was conducted

by apprenticeship or through lectures, Cumberland pioneered an instructional

method based on intensive trial practice. This laid the foundation for what is widely

acclaimed as the nation’s finest program in trial advocacy, as Cumberland teams

consistently excel in regional and national mock trial competitions.

In 1865, during the Civil War, the law school’s buildings were burned to the

ground; yet, through sheer determination, the school continued its programs.

Over the next six decades, Cumberland would produce a long list of distinguished

graduates, including two Supreme Court Justices, several governors, and a U.S.

Secretary of State, known as the father of the United nations.

In 1961, Cumberland moved to the campus of howard College, now Samford

University, in Birmingham, Alabama. Since then, the school has flourished,

attracting a faculty with significant practical experience and a diverse student

body whose shared interest in the law creates a true sense of community.

As innovative as ever, the curriculum continues to break new ground in law

study, including the use of technology in the courtroom, the only Center in the

country for Biotechnology, Law, and ethics, and the South’s only community

mediation program. With approximately 7,200 accomplished alumni in 50 states

and abroad, Cumberland School of Law continues to make a name for itself.

cumberland school of law is located on the campus of samford University, which is

accredited by the commission on colleges of the southern association of colleges and

schools to award the Juris doctorate 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 these certification requirements are met, a cumberland

graduate is eligible to take the bar examination in any state.

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Samford University

Samford University is Alabama’s largest private educational institution including schools of law and pharmacy, as well as the

only divinity school in the state. Its additional schools –– education, business, performing arts, arts and sciences, and

nursing –– offer 24 degree programs to more than 4,500 students.

founded as howard College by Baptists in 1841, it was originally located in marion, Alabama. needing to expand

its campus, the college moved to its present location in 1957 on nearly 300 acres in the valley between Red and Shades

mountains. Its georgian Colonial-style architecture and verdant landscape make it one of the most beautiful campuses

in the nation. In 1965, the school was renamed to honor longtime trustee frank Park Samford and his family.

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“Seek WISdOm tO temPeR


These words from the late Lucille Stewart Beeson, an attorney and generous friend to the school,

are etched in granite in the foyer of the law library that bears her name. They express a philosophy

of legal education that exists at Cumberland School of Law and were the inspiration for the statue

commissioned for the library courtyard.

The sculpture by glynn Acree depicts the Angel of mercy counseling Lady Justice while halting the

Sword of Justice from delivering swift punishment. This tempering of justice with mercy’s empathy

reflects our commitment to Beeson’s ideal of balancing impartiality with compassion in the study and

practice of law.

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II. Academic Advantages

fIRSt yeAR - Lawyering and Legal Reasoning (LLR)

Unique to Cumberland is Lawyering and Legal Reasoning (LLR), a six-hour graded course for

first-year students that provides hands-on, practical experience in basic skills. during LLR, students learn

to research, write, speak, and most importantly, think like a lawyer, by learning skills such as:

• Interviewing clients

• Writing legal memoranda

• Negotiating a settlement with opposing counsel

• Drafting a settlement agreement

• Drafting a complaint or answer

• Conducting discovery, drafting interrogatories and answers

• Drafting a motion for summary judgment with accompanying brief

and presenting argument on the motion to a trial court judge

• Writing an appellate brief and presenting oral argument to the appellate panel

The Called to the Bar program is a subcomponent of the LLR course that begins during orientation

and focuses largely on professionalism, ethics, and the duties of lawyering. eight required sessions are

held during the year. The program also includes a forum for students to receive personal guidance and

support through mentoring, as well as individual assistance on written assignments.

The Caruthers fellows, chosen by the LLR faculty, are second- or third-year students who serve as mentors

and assist first-year students with the development of research, writing, negotiation, and other basic skills.

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employers report that Cumberland graduates are given

more responsibility in their first jobs than their colleagues

who have attended other law schools. This success is

attributed to the practical skills training gained during

the LLR and advocacy programs.

SeCOnd yeAR - Advocacy

Advocacy training is a cornerstone of the Cumberland curriculum, equipping

students with skills to prepare them for successful careers in the courtroom,

boardroom, or other areas. Skills courses for all aspects of lawyering are offered

after students have mastered the fundamentals of torts, contracts, property,

criminal law, civil procedure, and evidence. These courses are limited to as few as

eight students, ensuring each receives personalized instruction in the following:

• Negotiation

• Mediation

• Case preparation

• Trial evidence

• Jury selection

• Technology use

• Direct examination

• Cross examination

• Problem witnesses

• Expert witnesses

• Closing arguments

Opportunities to strengthen trial-related skills are available through intra-school


the trial advocacy Board sponsors the following:

• Mock trial and arbitration competitions, in which two-person teams present

preliminary motions, opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses,

and closing arguments

• Client counseling competitions, in which teams interview mock clients and are

judged on their ability to communicate, elicit facts, advise, and recommend

appropriate actions

• Negotiation and mediation representation competitions, in which teams are judged

on how they use an effective combination of advocacy skills and problem-solving

abilities. Participants learn about each other’s interests, brainstorm options, and

select and shape a solution that meets their interests

the henry Upson Sims moot Court Board sponsors moot court competitions, simulating

actual appellate arguments.

Students selected from these programs represent Cumberland in national trial and

appellate court competitions.

Cumberland offers the Certificate in trial Advocacy, a mark of excellence and

achievement for students who excel in this area.

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AdvOCACy teAm ReSULtS:

NatioNal trial CompetitioN:

Regional First Place, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1999,

1998 (two Cumberland teams), 1996, 1994,

1992, 1991, 1989, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1982;

National Quarter-Finalist, 1992;

National Finalist, 1991, 1989, 1985;

National Champions, 1984, 1981

QUiNNipiaC CrimiNal JUStiCe CompetitioN:

Winner, 2007

loNe Star ClaSSiC CompetitioN:

Winner, 2007

aBa arBitratioN CompetitioN:

Regional Finalist, 2007;

Regional Second Place, 2006

aBa ClieNt CoUNSeliNg CompetitioN:

Regional First Place, 2008, 2002;

National Fourth Place, 1998

aBa NegotiatioN CompetitioN:

Regional Second Place, 2004, 1996;

National Third Place, 1998;

Regional First Place, 1993

aaJ/atla NatioNal trial CompetitioN:

Regional Winners, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999,

1997, 1995, 1993, 1987, 1984, 1983, 1982;

National Quarter-Finalist, 2005, 2004, 1997;

National Finalist, 1983;

National Champions, 2008, 2000, 1987, 1984

repreSeNtatioN iN mediatioN CompetitioN:

National Champions, 2005;

National Finalist, 2001;

Regional First Place, 2005, 2002, 2001


AdvOCACy teAm ReSULtS:

NatioNal appellate

advoCaCy CompetitioN:

Regional Winner, 1993;

Best Advocate, 1993

aBa NatioNal appellate

advoCaCy CompetitioN:

Regional Best Advocate, 2000;

Best Brief, 1996, 1994;

Regional Winner, 2008

dUke UNiverSity raBBi

SeymoUr Siegel CompetitioN:

First Place, 1991; Best Oralist, 1993;

Second Place, 1997, 1994

Starr iNSUraNCe appellate

advoCaCy CompetitioN:

Quarter-Finalist, 1995, 1994

SUtherlaNd CUp CompetitioN:

Best Brief, Best Advocate,

Second Place, 1998

III. Course Requirements

CReAtIng A BetteR PRePARed LAWyeR

First-year classes cover the fundamental legal concepts that

are the basis for all Anglo-American law. Emphasis is on legal

analysis, legal writing, research, and lawyering skills.

Course requirements for First year:

Course hours


civil procedure i 2

contracts i 3

torts 4

criminal law 3

lawyering and legal reasoning i 3

Total 15


civil procedure ii 3

contracts ii 2

real property 4

evidence 3

lawyering and legal reasoning ii 3

Total 15

Second- and third-year students typically take 15-16 hours each

fall and spring semester. course selection offers more flexibility,

allowing for selection of elective courses in specialized areas.

areas of Specialization:

• Trial Advocacy

• Corporate Law

• Environmental Law

• Health Law

• Public Interest

Course requirements for Second year:

Course hours

constitutional law i 2

constitutional law ii 3

Course requirements that may Be taken Second or third year:

Course hours

business organizations 4

payment systems or secured transactions 3

Wills, trusts & estates 3

professional responsibility 2

each student must also (1) fulfill a writing requirement that

may be satisfied through publication in the Cumberland Law

Review, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, or by

completing a paper associated with a specific course, and (2)

complete and pass at least one course from a list of approved

legal skills courses.

Cumberland fleX-TIme opTIon

designed for individuals who cannot attend school

full time, the flex Option enables the student

to complete a degree in five years or less, with a

minimum of eight credit hours and a maximum of

nine credit hours each semester. The admissions process

and requirements are the same as for the full-time

program. flex students attend classes during the

day and pay an hourly tuition rate. Contact the

Admissions Office for details.


BUSiNeSS aNd CommerCial law

Administrative Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Antitrust Law


Business Bankruptcy

Business Crimes

Business Drafting

Business Organizations

Business Planning

Corporate Externship I

Corporate Externship II

Corporate Finance

Corporate Taxation

Employment Law

ERISA and Deferred Compensation

Government Regulation of Business

Health Law Transactions

Healthcare Delivery Systems

International Business Transactions

Internet Law

Labor Law

Law Office Practice and Management

Mediation Advocacy

Mediator Practice

Mergers and Acquisitions


Nonprofit Organizations

Partnership Taxation

Payment Systems

Real Estate Finance

Real Property Security

Secured Transactions

Securities Regulation

Sports Law

Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Unincorporated Business Entities


Administrative Law

Admiralty Law

Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy

Alabama Trial Practice and Procedure

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Antitrust Law

Appellate Advocacy


Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy

Business Crimes

Civil Rights

Complex Litigation

Conflict of Laws

Consumer Protection

Criminal Procedure I

Criminal Procedure II


Domestic Relations

Electronic Discovery and Evidence

Employment Discrimination

Employment Law

Equitable Remedies

Federal Courts


Judicial Externship I

Judicial Externship II

Judicial Observation

Juvenile Justice Administration

Law Office Practice and Management

Litigation Externship I

Litigation Externship II

Mediation Advocacy

Mediator Practice

Medical Liability and Regulation

Military Justice

Municipal Court Practice and Procedure


Pretrial Practice and Procedure

Products Liability

Scientific Evidence

Torts II

Toxic Torts

Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Workers’ Compensation

health law

Administrative Law

Bioethics and Law

Health Law Transactions

Healthcare Delivery Systems

Medical Liability and Regulation

Public Health Law

iNtelleCtUal property

Bioethics and Law

Copyright Law

Entertainment Law

Intellectual Property

International Intellectual Property

Patent Law

Sports Law

Trademarks and Unfair Competition


Basic Federal Income Taxation

Business Planning

Corporate Taxation

ERISA and Deferred Compensation

Estate and Gift Taxation

Estate Planning

Government Agency Externship I

Government Agency Externship II

Partnership Taxation

State and Local Taxation

Taxation of International Business

eNviroNmeNtal law

Administrative Law

Environmental Law

Environmental Law Seminar

International Environmental Law

Sea, Ocean and Coastal Law

Toxic Torts

pUBliC law

Administrative Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

American Constitutional History

Beyond Professional Responsibility

Bioethics and Law

Civil Rights

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II

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onlIne learnIng

Cumberland has one of the region’s

largest offerings of online courses

delivered soley by Internet. Each

class is designed as a self-contained,

fully-interactive instructional law

school course and is taught by our

regular faculty.

Consumer Protection

Economic Analysis of Law

Government Regulation of Business

Immigration Law

International Law


Juvenile Justice Administration

Land Use Planning

Law and Literature

Law and Religion


Military Justice

Municipal Court Practice and Procedure

Professional Responsibility

Public Health

Public Interest Externship I

Public Interest Externship II

Public Law Process

Race and American Law

Voting Rights

Women and the Law

Family law aNd eState plaNNiNg

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Domestic Relations

Estate Administration

Estate and Gift Taxation

Estate Planning

Juvenile Justice Administration

Wills, Trusts and Estates

iNterNatioNal law


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Conflict of Laws

Immigration Law

International Business Transactions

International Environmental Law

International Intellectual Property

International Law

Taxation of International Business

SkillS developmeNt

Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy

Advanced Writing Skills for Lawyers

Appellate Advocacy

Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy

Business Drafting

Law Office Practice and Management

Mediation Advocacy

Mediator Practice


Pretrial Practice and Procedure

Iv. Additional Study

JOInt degReeS

keeping legal education relevant requires offering more

than one traditional law degree. to broaden perspectives or

help prepare for careers in special fields, Cumberland students

have the option to pursue seven different joint degrees. five

• Juris doctor/master of accountancy

Offered with Samford University School of Business

• Juris doctor/master of business administration

Offered with Samford University School of Business

• Juris doctor/master of divinity

Offered with Beeson Divinity School at Samford University

programs are offered in conjunction with other schools on

the Samford campus. two are offered in association with the

University of Alabama at Birmingham, an internationally

recognized academic and research medical center.

• Juris doctor/master of public administration

Offered with the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

• Juris doctor/master of public health

Offered with the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

• Juris doctor/master of science in environmental management

Offered with the graduate program at Samford University

• Juris doctor/master of Theological studies

Offered with Beeson Divinity School at Samford University

Applications must be made during the spring semester of

the first year of law school. to be admitted to joint degree

programs, students must have completed their first year of

law school, earned a cumulative gPA of at least 2.5, and

satisfied the particular joint degree program’s admission

requirements listed on www.cumberland.samford.edu.

International Study

Cumberland’s International Study Program lasts approximately one month during the summer

session and allows students to earn up to five hours of academic credit. These courses can provide a

basic understanding of international law, as well as a rare opportunity to become immersed in another

culture. Courses vary each year.

Cumberland-at-Cambridge, england: international and Comparative law

• Located at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England

• Courses focus on English Legal System and European Union Law, Comparative Constitutional Law,

Intellectual Property, History of the Law of Nations, and International Business Transactions

• Field trips and weekend travel available to the Northumberland region of Great Britain, Hadrian’s Wall,

London, including the Inns of Court and Parliament, Ireland, and Paris

mASteR Of COmPARAtIve LAW degRee

Cumberland offers a master of Comparative Law (mCL) degree for international graduate

lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and legal educators. mCL students are required to complete a thesis and

spend two summers in residence at the Birmingham campus or in the Cumberland-at-Cambridge

international study program. The mCL program delivers intensive instruction in legal research and

writing, legal process, and comparative legal systems.

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v. faculty


enthUSIAStIC mentORS

you can measure the quality of a law school by the quality of its

faculty. The men and women who have earned the title of Professor

at Cumberland School of Law represent the multi-dimensional

aspects of the legal field. Among their ranks is a federal judge

and numerous former federal and state judicial law clerks. four

are members of the American Law Institute, and many are acclaimed

and widely published legal scholars.

not only do our faculty possess a wealth of knowledge and experience,

they also have a passion for sharing it. There’s an unspoken “open

door” policy that exists in our hallways. time after time, Cumberland

graduates cite the quality and strength of the relationships with professors

as crucial to their success.

John L. Carroll

Dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law

B.A., Tufts University

J.D., magna cum laude, Samford University,

Cumberland School of Law

LL.M., Harvard Law School

U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District

of Alabama

Former member, Advisory Committee on

the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Civil procedure, complex litigation, discovery of

electronically stored information, federal courts

J. Mark Baggett

Associate Professor of English and Law

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Alabama

J.D., University of Alabama School of Law

M.A., University of Alabama

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Advanced legal writing, legal research & writing,

literature and language

Joseph W. Blackburn

Palmer Professor of Taxation

B.S., with honors, University of Kentucky

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Accounting for lawyers, basic federal income

tax, business planning, corporate taxation,

international tax

Albert P. Brewer

Distinguished Professor of Law

and Government

Professor Emeritus, Samford University

A.B., J.D., University of Alabama

Former Governor and Lieutenant

Governor of the State of Alabama

Professional responsibility

Thomas Brad Bishop


B.A., Samford University

M.A., University of Alabama

J.D., cum laude, Samford University,

Cumberland School of Law

Contracts, municipal court practice

and procedure

Alexander J. Bolla, Jr.


B.A., B.S., J.D., Ohio State University

Admiralty, business drafting, computer

law, contracts, sea, ocean and

coastal law

Donald Q. Cochran

Associate Professor of Trial Advocacy

B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law

Clerk, Judge Julie E. Carnes of the

Northern District of Georgia

Criminal law, criminal procedure,

trial advocacy

Charles D. Cole

Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor and

Director of International Programs

B.S., Auburn University

J.D., cum laude, Samford University,

Cumberland School of Law

LL.M., New York University School of Law

Doctor Honoris Causa, Faculdade Marcelo

Tupinamba, São Paulo, Brazil

Civil procedure, comparative constitutional

law, constitutional law, constitutional law

seminars, legal process

Jill E. Evans


B.A., University of California, Irvine

Master of Management, Kellogg Graduate School

of Management, Northwestern University

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Clerk, U.S. District Judge James E. Doyle of

Madison, Wisconsin

Decedents’ estates and trusts, environmental

law, torts

Dayna B. Harmelin

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S., cum laude, University of Florida

J.D., summa cum laude, University of Michigan

Law School

Clerk, Judge Rosemary S. Pooler of the U.S.

Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Civil procedure, criminal procedure

LaJuana S. Davis

Assistant Professor

B.A., Georgia State University

J.D., Harvard Law School

Appellate advocacy, business crimes,

criminal law, criminal procedure

Michael D. Floyd


A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University

M.S., with distinction, New York University

J.D., with distinction, Emory University School of Law

Clerk, Judge James C. Hill of the U.S. Court of

Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Aging and the law, commercial law, consumer

protection, decedents’ estates and trusts

Paul Kuruk


LL.B., summa cum laude, University of Ghana

Barrister of Law, Ghana School of Law

Master of Law, Temple University James E. Beasley

School of Law

S.J.D., Stanford Law School

Fulbright Scholar

Commercial transactions, international business

transactions, international law

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Michael E. DeBow


B.A., magna cum laude,

University of Alabama

M.A., University of Alabama

J.D., Yale Law School

Clerk, Judge Kenneth W. Starr of the

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District

of Columbia Circuit

Administrative law, antitrust, business

organizations, environmental law,

government regulation of business,

legislation, property

Robert J. Goodwin

Judge J. Russell McElroy Professor of Law

B.A., University of Missouri, Columbia

J.D., Washington University School of Law

Criminal law, evidence, scientific

evidence, trial practice

David J. Langum

Research Professor

A.B., Dartmouth College

J.D., Stanford Law School

M.A., San Jose State University

LL.M., S.J.D., University of Michigan Law


Clerk, California Court of Appeals

Evidence, legal history, property

Brannon P. Denning

Professor and Director of Faculty


B.A., magna cum laude,

Sewanee-The University of

the South

J.D., magna cum laude, University

of Tennessee College of Law

LL.M., Yale Law School

Constitutional law, professional


Andrew Robert Greene

Visiting Professor

A.B., Georgetown University

J.D., The Catholic University of America

School of Law

Environmental law, international

environmental law, natural

resources law, torts

Gregory K. Laughlin

Associate Professor and Director of

the Lucille Beeson Library

B.A., cum laude, Missouri State University

M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-


J.D., cum laude, University of Missouri-

Columbia School of Law

Alyssa A. DiRusso

Associate Professor

B.S., Carnegie Mellon University

J.D., University of Texas School of Law

Charitable organizations, decedents’

estates and trusts, property

Doris “Wendy” Greene

Assistant Professor

B.A., cum laude, Xavier University

of Louisiana

J.D., Tulane Law School

LL.M., George Washington

University Law School

Employment discrimination,

equitable remedies, race

and American law

Edward C. Martin

Professor and Director of

Law School Technology

B.S., J.D., University of Tennessee

Clerk, Chief Justice Joseph W. Henry

of the Tennessee Supreme Court

Damages, products liability,

professional responsibility, torts

Marcia L. McCormick

Associate Professor

B.A., Grinnell College

J.D., with distinction, University of Iowa

College of Law

Civil procedure, civil rights, criminal law,

employment law, federal courts

David M. Smolin

Professor and Director, Center for Biotechnology,

Law and Ethics

B.A., New College of the University of South Florida

J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law

Clerk, Senior Judge George Edwards of the U.S.

Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Constitutional law, copyright law, family law,

intellectual property, international human

rights law, law and religion, trademark and

unfair competition

Howard P. Walthall

Professor and Director, State Constitutional

Law Project

B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College

LL.B., Harvard Law School

Bankruptcy, business organizations,

commercial law, constitutional law, state

and local taxation, state constitutional law

Tracy T. Miller

Instructor, Lawyering and Legal Reasoning

B.A., cum laude, Samford University

J.D., cum laude, Samford University,

Cumberland School of Law

Legal research and writing

Joseph A. Snoe


B.B.A., with honors, University of Texas at Austin

J.D., with honors, University of Texas at Austin

School of Law

Clerk, Chief Judge John C. Godbold of the U.S. Court of

Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Corporate taxation, federal income tax, healthcare

organization and finance, partnership taxation,


LaVone R. Warren

Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education

and Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Alabama

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Mississippi

School of Law

Business organizations, securities regulation

Leonard J. Nelson III


B.A., magna cum laude, University of Washington

J.D., cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law

LL.M., Yale Law School

Clerk, Chief Justice Charles F. Stafford of the

Washington Supreme Court

Health law, international law, torts

Belle Howe Stoddard

Assistant Professor and Director, Lawyering and

Legal Reasoning Program

B.A., University of South Carolina

Graduate studies, Emory University

J.D., Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters,

Southeastern University

Legal research and writing

Deborah Young

Professor and Director of Advocacy Programs

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Kentucky

J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School

Clerk, Judge Thomas A. Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals

for the Eleventh Circuit

Criminal procedure, evidence, trial advocacy

William G. Ross


A.B., with honors, Stanford University

J.D., Harvard Law School

Civil procedure, constitutional history,

constitutional law, equity, professional


R. Thomas Stone, Jr.


B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and

State University

J.D., Emory University School of Law

Ph.D., University of Tennessee

LL.M., University of Illinois College of Law

Antitrust, business organizations, contracts,

economic analysis of law, government

regulation of business

Lynn H. Schuck

Instructor, Lawyering and Legal Reasoning

B.A., Samford University

J.D., Samford University,

Cumberland School of Law

Legal research and writing

Henry C. Strickland

Professor and Associate Dean

B.A., summa cum laude, Presbyterian


J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School

Clerk, Senior U.S. District Judge Virgil

Pittman of the Southern District of Alabama

Alternative dispute resolution, civil

procedure, conflict of laws, constitutional

law, equitable remedies



Cumberland students and their families can

count on the supportive and efficient law

school staff to answer any question or help

resolve any concern. from admissions and

housing to course selection and job placement,

these people help with your transition to

law school.


Mary T. Miller


Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: mtmiller@samford.edu



Pattie C. Harris


Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: pcharris@samford.edu

Lauren C. McCaghren

Assistant Director

Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: lcmccagh@samford.edu




Pamela J. Nelson


Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: pjnelson@samford.edu


Jennifer Y. Sims

Acting Assistant Dean for Admissions

Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229



E-mail: jysims@samford.edu



Jeffrey M. Whitcomb


Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: jmwhitco@samford.edu

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Cassandra E. Adams


Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: ceadams@samford.edu

Mary Ashley Powell

Data Coordinator

Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229



E-mail: mpowell@samford.edu


Jeff B. Price


Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: jbprice@samford.edu



James N. Lewis, Jr.

Vice Dean

Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: jnlewis@samford.edu

Anne L. Marovich

Associate Director

Samford University

Cumberland School of Law

Birmingham, Alabama 35229


E-mail: amarovic@samford.edu

Adjunct faculty

These practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary work alongside our full-time faculty to teach specialty courses,

provide skills training, and offer a different perspective on cases and issues.

matthew a. aiken

Balch & Bingham LLP

Health law transactions

leslie r. barineau

Barineau & Barineau

Workers’ compensation

alan baty

District Attorney’s Office

Trial advocacy

robin l. beardsley

Sirote & Permutt, PC

Trial advocacy

roger a. brown

Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC

Criminal procedure, trial advocacy

ronald brunson

Assistant U.S. Attorney,

Department of Justice,

Jefferson County

Trial advocacy

John J. Coleman III

Burr & Forman LLP

Employment discrimination

dr. William p. Collins

Samford University


henry b. Cornelius, Jr.

Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C.

Trial advocacy

staci g. Cornelius

Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC

Trial advocacy

patrick darby

Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP

Bankruptcy, business bankruptcy

r. alan deer

Former General Counsel

Regions Financial Corporation

Banking law

les sturdivant ennis

Samford University

Law office practice and management

brandon falls

District Attorney’s Office

Trial advocacy

a.h. gaede, Jr.

Vice President and General Counsel,

BE&K, Inc.


ret. Judge James sutherland


Tenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama

Trial advocacy

madeline h. haikala

Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC

Appellate advocacy

C. logan hinkle

Burr & Forman LLP

ERISA and deferred compensation

leigh anne hodge

Balch & Bingham LLP

Health law transactions

mark m. hogewood

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff &

Brandt, LLC

nathan W. Johnson

Bradley Arant Rose and White LLP

Copyright law

raymond l. Johnson, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney,

Northern District of Alabama

Civil rights, race and American law,

voting rights

anthony aaron Joseph

Johnston Barton Proctor

& Rose LLP

Trial advocacy

e. victor Kelley

Attorney at Law

Military justice

margaret s. Kubiszyn

Attorney at Law

Patent law

stephen p. leara

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff &

Brandt, LLC

Mergers and acquisitions

John a. lentine

Sheffield, Sheffield & Lentine PC

Trial advocacy

robert r. maddox

Burr & Forman LLP

Real property security

melinda m. mathews

Sirote & Permutt, PC

Estate planning

rodney a. max

Upchurch Watson White and Max

Mediation Group, Inc.


susan e. mcpherson

Staff Attorney, Alabama Court

of Civil Appeals

Civil litigation

v. michelle obradovic

Wise Resolution, LLC


James l. o’Kelley

James O’Kelley Attorney at Law

Trial advocacy

Thomas lee oliver, II

Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver

& Sisson, PC

Trial advocacy

Judge John ott

U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern

District of Alabama

Trial advocacy

Judge J. gary pate

Tenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama

Family law

J. b. perrine

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle

District of Alabama

Sports law

Judge laura petro

Tenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama

Trial advocacy

Thomas m. powell

Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C.

Alabama trial practice and procedure

Judge michael T. putnam

U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern

District of Alabama

Pretrial practice and procedure

michael v. rasmussen

Attorney at Law

Trial advocacy

bruce a. rawls

Burr & Forman LLP

Federal income taxation

James h. roberts, Jr.

Public Defender, Tuscaloosa

Trial advocacy

s. marvin rogers

State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama

Oil and gas law

scott simpson

Batchelor & Simpson PC

Alternative dispute resolution,


Jay d. st. Clair

Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP

Labor law

John p. strohm

Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP

Entertainment law

Klari b. Tedrow

Attorney at Law

Immigration law

lewanda vanpelt

Department of Transportation


glenn g. Waddell

President, Birmingham

Theological Seminary

Christian conciliation

Jeff Wallace

District Attorney’s Office

Trial advocacy

John p. Whittington

General Counsel HealthSouth

Business bankruptcy

James C. Wilson, Jr.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell

& Berkowitz, PC

Corporate finance and securities


vI. Alumni

An eXCePtIOnAL netWORk Of LegAL mIndS


the Cumberland network of graduates is approximately 7,200 strong throughout

the world, with alumni clubs in 36 cities and the district of Columbia, helping

graduates to connect, share professional expertise, and meet prospective students.

Cumberland alumni can be found in every area of the legal field, from practicing

law, serving as judges and elected representatives, and prosecuting crimes as

district and U.S. attorneys to teaching and performing research. In countless

ways, they bring honor to their law school.




Birmingham Young Alumni







Walker County


Daytona Beach

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Meyers





St. Petersburg



West Palm Beach



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Bowling Green




Las Vegas



Eastern N.C.

Western Carolina













WAShIngtOn, d.C.

Alumni can also stay connected through the Web site, www.cumberland.samford.edu,

The Cumberland Lawyer magazine, and the alumni list-serve.

vII. Resources

tOOLS tO enRICh the LeARnIng eXPeRIenCe


technology is quickly assuming a greater role in the practice of law. Cumberland students gain practical experience in its

use from access to state-of-the-art facilities:

• The Trial Courtroom is equipped with “smart boards” for presentation, a computerized projection and sound system, digital video,

and a plasma television.

• All classrooms have “smart boards” and smart podia.

• The Advanced Trial Advocacy Courtroom is updated to reflect the technology available in courtrooms across the country.

Additionally, the Advanced trial Advocacy Course includes database and Internet access at each counsel table,

as well as delivers special instruction in reproducing evidence with three-dimensional digital presenters, video, and dvd

re-enactments. digital video is used to critique and polish courtroom skills.

The Cumberland wireless network service provides laptop users with fast and convenient access to e-mail and Web-based

services from anywhere on campus.

CenteR fOR BIOteChnOLOgy, LAW, And ethICS

The Cumberland Center for Biotechnology, Law, and ethics is the only

center of its kind in the United States. Through programs and materials, the

Center explores the legal questions, ethical dilemmas, and questions of

public policy prompted by the continuing advances in biotechnology. Both

secular and religious aspects of these issues are examined, with interdisciplinary

exploration from a variety of perspectives.

The Center sponsors an annual symposium, generally in association with

the Cumberland Law Review. These symposia are designed to contribute to

knowledge and debate in the interdisciplinary biotechnology field. Speakers

from all fields are invited to participate, in order to engage national, international,

and regional discussion of biotechnology issues.

two fellowships are awarded annually to upper-class students interested in

biotechnology and bioethics.

OffICe Of StUdent SeRvICeS

Cumberland is committed to providing a supportive and nurturing

environment for all students. the Office of Student Services provides a

variety of services, including:

• Individual counseling

• Initiation of student-run programs to enhance diversity, communication skills,

safety, mental health, and stress awareness

• Academic achievement programming

• Advising of student organizations and student government

• Bar application information

• Coordination of awards programs

• Coordination of commencement exercises

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Adjoining the law school is the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law

Library, a valuable resource for law students and practicing

lawyers alike. Open and spacious, the library is designed to

accommodate private study and discussion, housing 13 conference

rooms, 474 study spaces, carrels with electrical connections,

long tables, and comfortable seating.

With more than 200,000 shelved volumes and 96,000 on

microfiche, the library contains all judicial opinions and statutory

codes, both federal and state. Students can read law reviews from

every American law school, as well as access the federal Register

and Code of federal Regulations, United States hearings and

Reports, and selected foreign common law rulings.

Three computer labs and wireless laptop connections also offer

instant access to additional resources, such as Lexisnexis, Westlaw,

e-mail, word processing, and the library catalogue.

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vIII. Cumberland in the Community


Birmingham is home to a thriving legal community with 3,200 practicing attorneys, federal and state courts,

and government agencies. externships give students an opportunity to observe experienced lawyers at work,

apply in a real setting what they’ve learned in the classroom, and get an inside view of a particular area of practice.

networking for future career options is also a vital aspect of these experiences.

Students typically work 120 hours during a semester and receive two credit hours for on-site work and one credit

hour for the externship seminar. externships are coordinated through the Career Services Office for corporate,

judicial, government, litigation, and public interest law placements.

COmmUnIty SeRvICe

One of the most important attributes of an exceptional lawyer is a commitment to serving the public.

Cumberland fosters this concern through a wide variety of opportunities to participate in community

outreach and public interest law. Cumberland seeks to provide an understanding of a lawyer’s duty to serve the

community through the following programs:

Cumberland Community Service Organization

The Cumberland Community Service Organization is a student organization dedicated to public interest

projects within the Cumberland community and the community at large.

Center for Law & Civic Education

The Center for Law & Civic education is a nationally-recognized entity housed at the law school and dedicated to

educating young citizens about law and government. Law students assist the Center with two important programs:

• Street Law - Students are trained to teach juvenile law and are assigned to teach a class once every six weeks

in public and correctional schools.

• Teen Court - Teen court is a division of Jefferson County Family Court created for first-time juvenile offenders charged

with non-violent crimes. Defendants are represented and prosecuted by teen attorneys before a jury of their peers.

Cumberland students assist the teen litigators in preparing their cases.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

for the Cumberland vItA project, students prepare tax

returns for low-income individuals. In 2003, the American

Bar Association named the Cumberland initiative the best

new vItA project.

Julia Tutwiler Prison Education Project

In association with the State of Alabama, students teach basic

law courses to inmates.

Cumberland Community Mediation Center

to accompany the mediation Practice Course, students will

be utilized as mediators to resolve community disputes in

cases where the parties are unable to pay for legal services.


Public Interest Law Externships

This program offers academic credit for placements with

judges, government agencies, and public interest organizations.

Public Interest Volunteers

Public interest organizations request student volunteers

through the Career Services Office. Placement in government

and public interest salaried positions is also facilitated.

Summer Public Interest Stipend Program

Cumberland offers a limited number of summer stipends

for students who volunteer with public interest legal

organizations. The program is funded by a grant from the

h. g. and h. U. Sims foundation and the generosity of

our alumni.

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Spirit of Service Award

Awarded annually by the law school to any student or faculty

member who has contributed 30 hours of pro bono or public

interest work

Dean’s Public Interest Award

Awarded annually by the dean to the student who has

best exemplified a commitment to public interest and

public service

VLP Award

Awarded by the Alabama Bar Association to any student who

provides 50 hours of volunteer support at any of the State of

Alabama’s Legal Services offices

Alabama Bar Association Student Pro Bono Award

Awarded annually by the Alabama Bar association to the

law student who has made a significant contribution of pro

bono work

IX. Birmingham

An eXCePtIOnAL LegAL COmmUnIty And QUALIty Of LIfe

Located at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Birmingham, Alabama,

offers a diverse array of professional and personal opportunities in a gracious

Southern setting. nicknamed the “magic City” because of its rapid growth after

the city was founded in 1871, the metro Birmingham area boasts a population of

more than a million people in a seven-county area.

half of the membership of the Alabama State Bar practice in the metropolitan

area, with a large number of major law firms making their headquarters in

Birmingham. mid-sized and smaller firms, as well as solo practices, round

out Birmingham’s lively legal landscape, providing a multitude of convenient job

opportunities for Cumberland students.

AmOng the hIghLIghtS

Birmingham has been proclaimed “America’s most Livable City” by the U.S.

Conference of mayors. Newsweek magazine named Birmingham “One of

America’s top 10 Cities” in which to live. Additionally, Partners for Livable

Communities ranked Birmingham as one of the top 11 best mid-sized cities in

which to live.

Birmingham’s healthcare ranked fifth overall in the United States in a comparison

study of 354 metro areas in north America, understandably so, since the city’s

largest employer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has gained international

stature for its medical Center.

home to five fortune 1000 companies, the city is also headquarters for many

national and international corporations, including leaders in banking and insurance.

Birmingham is legendary for the commitment and sacrifice of its community

volunteers. The United Way of Central Alabama’s Alexis de tocqueville Society (donors

of $10,000+) is the 11th largest in America, out of 279 such societies nationwide.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest city-owned museum in

the Southeast, housing the most comprehensive permanent collection

of art in the Southeast.

The nation’s oldest existing baseball park, Rickwood Field, is located in

Birmingham. Regions Park is home to the Birmingham Barons, a Class AA

professional baseball team associated with the Chicago White Sox.

Birmingham’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival was named one of “10

fantastic film festival vacations” by Film Festival Today.

City Stages, held in the heart of downtown, is Birmingham’s annual

summer music festival, offering as many as 270 acts on 16 stages and

featuring rock, jazz, bluegrass, folk, classical, world beat, reggae, zydeco,

poetry readings, storytelling and more.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra plays at venues around the city.

McWane Science Center, founded in 1998, is a $40-million science

adventure center in downtown. Major components include an

IMAX dome theater, Science Quest, and an ever-changing display

of exhibitions.

The Birmingham Zoo is one of the most visited tourist attractions in

the State of Alabama. Across the street, the Birmingham Botanical

Gardens feature 24 gardens on 80 acres.

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark preserves Birmingham’s

history as a major player in the steel industry. Also, Vulcan, the mythic

Roman god of the forge, keeps watch over the city from his post atop

Red Mountain.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute offers a comprehensive look at

America’s journey toward equal rights for all citizens, with galleries

highlighting Birmingham’s role in the movement.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail continues in Birmingham at the

54-hole Oxmoor Valley course. The city is also host of the Regions

Charity Classic, presented by Bruno’s Supermarket, for senior PGA players.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find recreational adventures at the nearby Oak

Mountain State Park and Ruffner Mountain.

for more information about birmingham, visit these sites:




Birmingham, Alabama



X. Organizations

AmPLe OPPORtUnIty tO mAke yOUR mARk


Cumberland Law Review

The Cumberland Law Review is a scholarly legal publication

designed to provide the legal community with comprehensive

legal analysis of national and regional topics authored by legal

scholars, judges, attorneys, and students. founded in 1970, the

Cumberland Law Review is cited on Westlaw and Lexisnexis

and is a member of the national Conference on Law Reviews.


Cumberland Student Bar Association

The Cumberland Student Bar Association primarily functions

as the liaison between the student body and the law school

faculty and administration on matters pertaining to the

student experience. elected representatives of the SBA also

coordinate school-wide social functions and partner with other

organizations to sponsor community service activities.

State Student Bar Associations

State Student Bar Associations connect our students interested

in practicing in a state with lawyers currently practicing in that

state. Current State Student Bar Associations at Cumberland

include Alabama, florida, georgia, mississippi, north Carolina,

South Carolina, tennessee, and virginia. These student groups

sponsor social events and speakers, as well as provide important

information regarding the bar application requirements in

their particular states.

American Journal of Trial Advocacy

The American Journal of Trial Advocacy serves the needs and

interests of the courtroom advocate with analysis of the

demands and issues of litigation faced by practicing attorneys

from prominent attorneys, judges, and professors. Created in

1977 by Cumberland dean donald e. Corley, the publication

is cited on Westlaw and Lexisnexis.

Cordell Hull Speakers Forum

A nobel Peace Prize winner known as the father of the United

nations, Cordell hull graduated from Cumberland in 1891.

The student-run program that bears his name attracts nationally

renowned speakers from the fields of law, business, media,

and politics. former speakers include:

• Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush,

Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford

• U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno

• U.S. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and

Clarence Thomas

• Authors John Grisham and Mark Curriden

• ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero

• Alabama Governor Bob Riley

• Arthur Anderson accounting trial jury foreman

Oscar H. Criner III, Ph.D.

Thurgood Marshall Symposium

Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, this

annual event held in honor of Black history month includes

a lecture by a distinguished guest or panel of guests for

students and practicing attorneys. former speakers include

Senior U.S. district Judge for the Southern district of new

york Constance Baker motley, Alabama State Bar President

fred d. gray, who litigated a number of pivotal cases during

the civil rights movement, and Jock Smith, renowned trial

attorney with The Cochran firm.

Special Interest Organizations

Cumberland School of Law holds in high regard the broad

cultural, personal, and professional experiences of its students.

diversity enriches education, and the Cumberland community

is a direct reflection of that principle. Our collegial, receptive

environment is enhanced by the variety of perspectives

contributed by our students and faculty. diversity means

many things to many people. At Cumberland School of Law,

it means enriching the study of law and creating the environment

for success.

Alabama Defense Lawyers Association

American Bar Association –– Law Student Division

American Constitution Society

Asian Law Students Association

Black Law Students Association

Catholic Law Students Association

Christian Legal Society

Community Service Organization

Cordell Hull Speakers Forum

Cumberland Democrats

Cumberland Republicans

Cumberland Student Bar Association

Cumberland Wildlife Society

Environmental Law Society

Federalist Society

Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board

Hispanic Interest Law Students Association

Honor Court

Jewish Law Students Association

Law, Science and Technology Society

Military Justice Society

Nathaniel Green Debate Society

Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

Student Health Lawyers Association

Trial Advocacy Board

Women in Law

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Rascal day

Rascal day is a much-anticipated event on the

Cumberland campus, bringing together community,

students, faculty, families, and of course, dogs, cats, and

the occasional potbellied pig for fun and festivities. The

celebration honors a mongrel pup named Rascal.

According to tradition, Rascal faithfully attended

classes at the law school’s former campus location

in Lebanon, tennessee, beginning in 1933, until he

was presented with the rare degree of doctor of

Canine Jurisprudence in 1937. Legend holds that

his diploma was awarded in recognition of the

hundreds of classes and mock trials at which his

attendance had been difficult to ignore.

When he passed away in 1940, Rascal was buried

beneath the window of the classroom where he had

spent so much time. When Cumberland moved to

Birmingham in 1961, Rascal’s tombstone and a few

spadefuls of dirt from his grave were brought to the

Samford campus and reinterred on the west side of

Robinson hall.

each year, a procession of two- and four-legged

creatures passes by Rascal’s grave to commemorate

one of Cumberland’s most memorable graduates.

XI. Career Services Office

emPLOyment StAtIStICS fOR the CLASS Of 2007

As annually reported to the national Association for Law Placement by the Cumberland Career

Services Office, 96% of the Class of 2007 had found law-related employment or was attending

graduate school within nine months of graduation.

emPLOyment StAtIStICS: (WIthIn nIne mOnthS Of gRAdUAtIOn)





2003 2004 2005 2006




The Career Services Office (CSO) markets the law school and its students to employers,

teaches students about the practical aspects of law practice, provides training on conducting

efficient and thorough job searches, and helps students match their skills, interests, and

experiences to the needs of the legal market. for students who get involved early, the CSO can

help narrow career choices and tailor preparation accordingly.


• Personalized career counseling

• A membership program in which small groups of first-year students are matched to upper-level

students specifically chosen to provide guidance and advise on law school and career issues

• Practice-related seminars that teach skills critical to working as a lawyer - covering topics such as:

firm structures and business models, attorney timekeeping and billing, discovery devices, and

settlement strategies and mechanics

• Mock interviews, in which Birmingham-area attorneys critique first-year students to help them

sharpen their interview skills

• Informal lunches with lawyers who discuss their career paths and responsibilties, and the

professional and ethical issues presented in their work

• Judicial clerkship seminars that offer tips on landing these career-building positions

• On-campus interview programs in the fall and spring, in which the CSO hosts representatives of

numerous law firms, corporations, public interest organizations, and government agencies

• Opportunities to participate in out-of-state job fairs

• Online access to job openings posted with Cumberland and with other law schools across the country

• A resource library of publications, informational files on firms and other prospective employers,

job-hunting tips, and graduate/study-abroad programs for law students

• Informative educational handouts on various career-related issues

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XII. tuition and fees

Law school tuition is $14,778 per semester, not including variable expenses

such as books and supplies. All freshman student charges are payable on the

first day of orientation.

fees and deposITs:

application Fee * $50

reapplication Fee * $50

acceptance deposits * $250 required by april 1, 2009


$500 by June 15, 2009

the total $750 deposit is applied

toward the applicant’s tuition.

Technology Fee * $110 per semester

$30 summer term

Parking Decal, per year * $20

* all fees and deposits are nonrefundable.

esTImaTed budgeTs 2008-2009

Fall/spring law student budget

tuition * $29,556

room/board 13,500

books/supplies 1,800

transportation 1,750

personal/misc. 3,400

loan Fees 1,500

total budget $51,506

* Subject to change for the 2009-2010 academic year

tuition for flex-time students is $970 per credit hour for the 2008-2009

fall/spring semesters.


every student admitted to Cumberland for full-time study is considered for a scholarship.

Those selected by the dean and Scholarship Committee will be offered partial or full tuition assistance that may include

one-time stipends of up to $5,000.

Second- and third-year students may be eligible for need-based, merit, or leadership scholarships.

For the best chance of receiving a scholarship, applicants are encouraged to apply early enough so that their files

are completed by February 1, 2009.


the samford University office of Financial aid can assist any cumberland student with finding the appropriate financial aid plan.

the first step is to submit the Free application for Federal student aid (FaFsa), which can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Include the federal school code for Samford: 001036.

students admitted to the University in full standing by march 1, 2009 and whose FaFsas have been received by the processor, will be in

the first group to be awarded financial aid.

the financial aid information packet explains all options in detail, including:

• Federal Stafford Loan allows eligible students to borrow a maximum of $20,500 per academic year.

• Federal Graduate PLUS Loans are used after Stafford Loan eligibility to supplement the costs associated with students’ education.

• Perkins Loan is a need-based federal loan program administered by Samford University. Funds are limited and are awarded

to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Private, nonsubsidized loans are often taken in conjunction with federal loans.

• Law school-administered loans have varying criteria. Unlike federal and private loans, most require full repayment before graduation.

Dean’s Emergency Loan Fund

edwin l. rollison student loan Fund

Justice glenn terrell loan Fund

deWitt c. thompson, Jr., memorial Fund

For additional information, contact the Financial Aid Office by calling (205) 726-2905 or 1-800-888-7245


Cumberland is a long-term supporter of CLeO. founded in 1968, CLeO encourages minorities and disadvantaged

students to enter the legal profession. to participate, students attend a series of regional Summer Institutes located at

various ABA-accredited law schools across the country. Those who demonstrate a probability of success in law school are

certified as CLeO fellows and are eligible to receive placement assistance and the annual CLeO stipend award for three

years of legal study, contingent upon CLeO’s receipt of federal funding.

for more information and an application, contact Council on Legal education Opportunity, American Bar

Association Building, 740 15th Street n.W., 9th floor, Washington, d.C. 20005; www.cleoscholars.com;

e-mail: cleo@abanet.org; toll free: (866) 886-4343; local: (202) 828-6100.


Why Cumberland?

“Cumberland School of Law offers a superior

education with exceptional academics,

personalized instruction by a faculty

dedicated to teaching, peer support from

the nation’s top students, and community

involvement in a thriving metropolitan city.

from new law student to seasoned attorney,

we will guide your way to a successful and

fulfilling legal career.”

Judge John l. Carroll

Dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law

Class of 1974


2009-2010 Academic Calendar*


summer 2009 academic Calendar

June 1, Monday Classes begin

June 9, Tuesday Last day to drop/add a course

June 24, Wednesday Mini-term ends

July 3, Friday Holiday, no classes meet

July 27, Monday Constructive Friday

July 27, Monday Classes end

July 28-29, Tuesday, Wednesday Study days

July 30-August 4 Final exams

fall 2009 academic Calendar

August 10, Monday First-year orientation begins

August 18, Tuesday Classes begin

August 25, Tuesday Last day to drop/add a course

September 7, Monday Labor day, no classes meet

October 27-30, [T-F] Registration for Spring

November 23, Monday Classes end

November 24, Tuesday Study day

November 25-27, [W-F] Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes meet

November 30-December 11 Final exams

December 12, Saturday Commencement

spring 2010 academic Calendar

January 4, Monday Classes begin

January 12, Tuesday Last day to drop/add a course

January 18, Monday MLK Holiday, no classes meet

January 19, Tuesday Constructive Monday

Monday classes meet

March 15-19, [M-F] Spring Break, tentative

March TBA Summer registration

March TBA Fall registration

April 5, Monday Easter Holiday, no classes meet

April 20, Tuesday Classes end

April 21-22, Wednesday, Thursday Study days, no classes meet

April 23-May 11 Final exams

May 15, Saturday Commencement

*Please confirm all dates with the Office of Academic Dean Henry C. Strickland,

[205] 726-2411.


OF 2009-2010. Samford University, Cumberland School of Law reserves the right to

revise, amend, or change items set forth in this Admissions Prospectus from time to

time. Accordingly, readers should inquire as to whether such revisions, amendments, or

changes have been made since the date of publication. Such revisions, amendments,

or changes may include, but are not limited to, the right to modify the requirements for

admission or graduation, to change tuition, to modify or cancel course offerings, to set

minimum and maximum class sizes, to change designated instructions in courses, to

change casebooks used, to alter the regulations affecting the student body, to dismiss

or drop from the Law School any student at any time, if such change is deemed in the

best interest of the Law School or the student.

cumberland school of law

samford University

birmingham, alabama 35229





Samford University admits students of any race, color, sex, age, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, and

activities generally accorded or made available to all its students. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Samford does not discriminate

on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational

policies, employment policies, scholarship or loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Inquiries

concerning compliance with these laws and the regulations thereunder should be directed to the Vice President and Dean of

Students, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama 35229.

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