Cumberland Law Review

The Cumberland Law Review published its first issue in 1970. It is circulated in all 50 states, as well as numerous foreign countries. Subscribers include members of the practicing bar and government, academicians and law libraries. In addition, the Cumberland Law Review appears in electronic databases, including Westlaw and Lexis.

The continuing objective of the Cumberland Law Review’s membership is to publish a professional periodical devoted to legal and law-related issues that can be of use to judges, practitioners, teachers, legislators, students and others interested in the law. Only in the legal profession do students have the responsibility for publishing a majority of the contributions to the professional literature.

One of its primary goals is accuracy in all respects—in propositions of law, points of grammar and usage, forms of citations and, especially well-reasoned analysis. To continue its contribution to the legal community, the Cumberland Law Review must include pieces that cover a broad range of legal topics; that are timely, universal, or both; and that provide helpful, analytical tools for dealing with legal problems. Most importantly, the pieces printed should be analytically creative. Rather than simply discussing legal developments, Cumberland Law Review pieces should criticize, challenge and attempt to influence the law.

Cumberland Law Review publishes three issues a year, with individual issues averaging between 150 and 200 pages. As may be seen from a quick look through any of its volumes, each issue consists of tributes, articles, essays, notes and comments. Generally, an issue includes at least one article, note and comment.

Occasionally, part or all of an entire issue is devoted to a single legal problem or to a series of related legal issues. In 2002–2003, for instance, Cumberland Law Review published a symposium on bioethics and the law, which was hosted by the Cumberland Law Review and Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Additionally, in 2003, Cumberland Law Review published its first special edition, a compilation of position papers from the Alabama Constitutional Committee.

Subscriptions

$24.00 per year, $10.00 per number

Complete the following form and send to Cumberland Law Review, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229. The form information may also be e-mailed to lawrev@samford.edu.

Subscription Form

Please include check with the form or request to be billed. Subscriptions are renewed automatically unless the Review receives timely notice to the contrary. Notices of address change should include old and new addresses and zip codes.

Please direct all questions to Lynda Reynolds, Program Assistant, at lawrev@samford.edu or (205) 726-2757.

Membership Criteria

Student Membership

Students who have completed at least 30 academic credits within their first year may become eligible for Review membership after meeting several requirements. First, the student must be ranked in the top fifteen percent of the freshman class as determined at the end of the spring semester. Students in this category will be invited to participate in the Review's Candidates Program. In addition, the student must satisfactorily complete the Candidates Program in order to be offered membership on the Review.

The Candidates Program takes place during the summer after the first year and consists of two phases. In the first phase, the candidate must achieve an acceptable score on the Bluebook examination. Upon passage of the bluebook exam, the candidate may then enter the Candidates Writing Competition. The Writing Competition requires the candidate to research and compose a casenote on a topic assigned by the Review's Student Materials Editor. The candidate's completed paper is anonymously judged by the Review's editorial board. The paper's overall quality, legal analysis, research, organization, and conformance with the Bluebook will be considered by the Board. The Review will extend invitations for membership to students who successfully complete both phases of the Candidates Program.

A student transferring to Cumberland from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is eligible to participate in the Cumberland Law Review Candidates Program provided the student is in the top fifteen percent of his or her class at the conclusion of the first year at the former school. A student transferring from another law school who is a member of that school's law review may be invited into membership in Cumberland Law Review at the discretion of the editorial board.

Flex students enrolled part-time at Cumberland will become eligible after completion of 26 credit hours and a top 15 percent ranking.

Members are required to participate in the activities of the Review. Specifically, members are to attend all regularly scheduled and specially called meetings. Further, members are required to complete--in a competent and timely fashion--all tasks assigned by the Editor in Chief. Failure to comply with the requirements of membership may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Review's Bylaws. In addition to the duties and responsibilities mentioned above, members must successfully complete the Review's writing requirement, which is discussed below.

All Review members are required to write a student comment of publishable quality by a date specified by the Editorial Board typically occurring in late winter of the second year. There are no exceptions to this policy. The student is advised to finish his writing as soon as possible. The procedure the student should follow is discussed in Article II, Section (F) of the Bylaws. Additionally, each member must complete one Eleventh Circuit Survey or Title VII Survey during each year of his or her membership.

Please direct all membership inquiries to lawrev@samford.edu.