Averie  Armstead

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Undergraduate Institution & Graduation Year

The University of Alabama (B.A. 2013, M.S. 2014)

Legal Interests

Medical Malpractice, Collegiate Sports, Labor & Employment, White Collar Defense

What do you think is the best thing about Cumberland?

The staff - they are the “secret sauce” at Cumberland. Whether it’s connecting you to alumni, listening to a mid-semester crisis, encouraging you to find supplements, or making a legal career plan – our staff supports our students in such an authentic way that you have no choice but to be welcomed, included, valued and successful!

Why did you choose Cumberland?

Cumberland’s well-respected reputation in the legal community in the city, state, and nation. Everyone notices a “Cumberland lawyer,” whether an interviewing attorney, opposing counsel, or judge. We are truly the best trial advocates.

What do you most enjoy about studying law in Birmingham? What do you like to do in Birmingham?

Birmingham has an extremely rich legal market – from local politics to some of the best law firms nationwide. I love going to coffee shops with a pile of books and causally meeting alumni – they always recognize Cumberland students, even if they’ve never met you. Those encounters often lead to the most organic encouragement (and sometimes, free coffee)!

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities

American Journal of Trial Advocacy; Senior Class President; Former SBA secretary; Former 1L Class Representative, SBA; Member, Black Law Students Association; Teacher, Street Law; Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow; Cordell Hull Speakers Forum; Career Development Advisory Board; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

If you could give any advice to your pre-law school self, what would you say?

Believe in yourself! Everyone will give you suggestions about how to study/prepare. While that is an impeccable example of the spirit of Cumberland to want everyone to succeed, it can be extremely intimidating and can cause unhealthy comparison before getting started.  You are here for a reason, and you can do this! Remember your personal statement and why you want to be an advocate. It will be those reminders that help you endure late nights and early mornings. Be willing to ask for help. Be strong and courageous and do the work!