Academics

Becoming a lawyer requires academic rigor, disciplined study, and a commitment to critical thinking and action. Students at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law also enjoy being a member of an academic community that is supportively competitive (as opposed to cutthroat) and developing lifelong relationships with peers, faculty and alumni.

First Year

First-year classes cover the fundamental legal concepts that form the basis of all Anglo-American law. Our Lawyering & Legal Reasoning course (LLR) is unique to Cumberland School of Law and is recognized as the time when students truly learn to “think like a lawyer.” Other first-year coursework emphasizes:

  • Legal analysis
  • Legal writing
  • Research
  • Lawyering skills

Second & Third Year

Second- and third-year students typically take 15-16 hours each fall and spring semester. Course selection during these years is more flexible to allow for elective courses in specialized areas.

Areas of Interest

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Family Law and Estate Planning
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Litigation
  • Public Law
  • Skills Development
  • Taxation

Areas

  • Trial Advocacy
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Law
  • Public Interest

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