Derek  Chen

Home State


Undergraduate Institution and Graduation Year

Hope College, 2018


Legal Interests

Public Service, Criminal Law, Prosecution



What do you think is the best thing about Cumberland?

Cumberland faculty know their students by name and are willing to help us after class. To me, the best thing about Cumberland is the ability to build strong relationships between students, faculty and staff.

Why did you choose Cumberland?

I chose Cumberland because I could sense the tight knit community of the school.

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

I love the southern hospitality of living in Birmingham and I like taking my puppy, Lois, to the dog park.

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities

Federalist Society, Cumberland Republicans

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

Network as much as possible. Remember that if you plan on practicing in Birmingham, the people that you meet at events are going to be your co-workers in just a couple years. 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan on working as a prosecutor either in Alabama or in Michigan.