In compliance with ABA Standard 509, the following information about Cumberland School of Law and its J.D. program is provided to current and prospective students. The (AY2014) Standard 509 Information Report is compiled from the latest information submitted in the annual ABA questionnaire.
About Cumberland School of Law+
The Office of the Consultant on Legal Education/Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar can be reached at American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654 (phone: 312-988-6738 and fax: 312-988-5681).
Transfer Credit Details+
American Bar Association (ABA)
The law school seeks a diverse student body that will make a contribution to the law school and the legal profession. To that end, every applicant’s file is thoroughly reviewed for admission. In addition to the LSAT and GPA, difficulty of major, personal challenges overcome, graduate work completed, scholarly achievements and volunteer and work experience are also considered. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so it is important to apply early.
Fall 2015 Entering Class Admission Statistics
Fall 2015 Entering Class Profile
Conditional Scholarship Data +
31 entered with conditional scholarships; 5 conditional scholarships were eliminated
40 entered with conditional scholarships; 6 conditional scholarships were eliminated
60 entered with conditional scholarships; 9 conditional scholarships were eliminated
Cumberland School of Law’s scholarship retention policy was first implemented with the fall 2011 entering class. Conditional scholarships are suspended for those recipients who are not in good scholarship standing. Good scholarship standing requires recipients to maintain a law school GPA that would rank them in the top two-thirds of their class at the conclusion of an academic year. Scholarships can be reinstated for a subsequent academic year where a recipient restores his or her class rank to be within the academic requirement.
Generous merit-based scholarship assistance is awarded to Cumberland School of Law’s entering and current law students annually. In addition, numerous other scholarships are provided to those students who distinguish themselves academically, make outstanding contributions through leadership in the law school, or demonstrate financial need.
Tuition and Cost of Living (Student Budget) +
2015–2016 Law Student Budget
|Full-time tuition* (Fall and Spring semesters)||$36,596|
|Full-time total budget||$53,370|
|Flex-Time program tuition**||$1,200 per credit hour|
For a detailed Flex-Time budget, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Tuition costs are subject to change for the 2016–2017 academic year.
**Costs associated with one term only of the academic year subject to change.
The cost of attendance, the total estimated amount it will cost a student to complete one year of law school, is determined using rules established by the U.S. Congress. Contact the Samford University Office of Financial Aid if you have any unusual expenses that might affect your cost of attendance.
All seat deposits paid during the admission process are nonrefundable. If a student enrolls, all seat deposits will be credited toward the fall tuition of the entering admission year.
Courses taken prior to matriculation in the law school’s J.D. program may not be counted toward the J.D. degree requirements. A student participating in a joint-degree program will not be permitted to count the credit hours for courses taken in the other degree program toward the J.D. requirements until the other degree is awarded following completion of all applicable requirements.
Joint Degrees Offered
- J.D./M.S. in Bioethics