Tyler E. Yarbrough

Home State

Alabama

Undergraduate Institution and Graduation Year

The University of Alabama, 2020

Legal Interests

Civil Litigation

Hobbies

Planting, indoor cycling, reading

What do you think is the best thing about Cumberland School of Law?

It is very hard to choose the best thing about Cumberland because there are so many benefits to coming to this school. If I had to choose something, it would be the community. I have not met a person here - faculty or student - that is not willing to help you, if you ask. The resources are infinite. Cumberland is such a great collaborative and supportive community.

Why did you choose Cumberland School of Law?

I chose Cumberland for two major reasons. 1) I had spoken to many successful Cumberland graduates prior to making my decision who raved about how great the program was and the quality education I would receive. I worked for a Cumberland graduate in Tuscaloosa, who was a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice – he, among many, was very convincing about Cumberland’s program. 2) Cumberland is immersed in the Birmingham legal market, which lends students numerous opportunities to get connected to a great legal community. Networking with attorneys while attending Cumberland is not difficult because of the hundreds of attorneys that surround the area and even visit Cumberland.

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

Birmingham is a fun city where you never run out of things to do. Even in the midst of COVID-19, there were plenty of things to do outdoors, like hiking at numerous parks. Birmingham is the perfect mix of a city feel, but not too big to where it’s overwhelming. My favorite thing is visiting the many local restaurants that all have a specific niche.

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities

Student Bar Association (SBA), treasurer; National Trial Team; Caruthers Fellow; Black Law Students Association (BLSA); Women in Law; Career Development Advisory Board (CDAB)

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

I would tell myself that if you try and work hard, you will do fine. It took numerous cold calls for me to finally accept that the professors are not trying to trick you - they are trying to help you. Once I realized that reading the material for class and trying to understand it to the best of my ability was enough, I was able to relax more in class and understand the material better.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to work in a firm doing civil litigation. I had the opportunity to do a lot of civil litigation clerking this past summer, and I truly enjoyed it.