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 Standard 509 Information Report is compiled from the latest information submitted in the annual ABA questionnaire.
- Academic Calendars
- Academic Requirements
- Curricular Offerings
- Bar Passage (2020)
- Standard 509 Information Report (AY2019)
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 2019 Entering Class Admission Statistics
75th percentile LSAT: 156
Median LSAT: 153
25th percentile LSAT: 150
75th percentile GPA: 3.65
Median GPA: 3.48
25th percentile GPA: 3.25
Fall 2019 Entering Class Profile
Total students: 159
Undergraduate colleges/universities: 53
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Conditional Scholarship Data
137 entered with conditional scholarships; 19 conditional scholarships were eliminated
138 entered with conditional scholarships; 19 conditional scholarships were eliminated
138 entered with conditional scholarships; 11 conditional scholarships were eliminated
140 entered with conditional scholarships; 7 conditional scholarships were eliminated
82 entered with conditional scholarships; 12 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 cumulative law school GPA of 2.6 or higher at the conclusion of each spring semester. Scholarships will be considered for reinstatement for a subsequent academic year where a recipient restores his or her GPA 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)
|Book & Supplies Budget||$2,000|
|Additional Required Fees||$550|
|Loan Fees Budget||$628|
|Miscellaneous Expenses Budget||$3,284|
|Room & Board Budget||$10,800|
|Total Cost of Attendance||$59,800|
For a detailed Flex-Time budget, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Tuition costs are subject to change.
**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.
Joint Degree Programs
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