First-Year Students

Congratulations on your admission to Cumberland School of Law! The Office of Law Admission is here to make your transition to the law school as seamless as possible. We encourage you to call or email us if you have any questions or need assistance locating information: Office of Law Admission, 1-800-888-7213 or

Before Orientation

Pay Your Seat Deposits

To secure your seat at Cumberland School of Law, you will need to pay two non-refundable seat deposits. Your seat deposits will be credited toward your fall tuition. Additional information about seat deposits was included in all acceptance letters, but if you have any questions, please contact us.

Financial Aid

Official Transcripts

Although we received a copy of your transcript with your LSDAS report, you must also arrange to have your undergraduate registrar’s office send an official transcript that clearly shows the date you received your bachelor’s degree. We need this additional transcript sent to us even if your LSDAS report includes your final transcript showing degree granted. The official transcript should be mailed to: Cumberland School of Law Office of Admission, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229. If your school has contracted with an online electronic transcripts service, they may send your transcript to

Honor Code

All incoming students are required to have read the Cumberland School of Law Honor Code prior to the first day of orientation. The honor code can be found here.

Immunization Form

All incoming students are required to submit a Samford Immunization Record form before the first day of Orientation. The form must be signed by a doctor OR accompanied by official immunization records showing dates for MMR and Tetanus inoculations. Tetanus immunization date must be within the last 10 years.

The Samford Immunization Record and other immunization records (if applicable) must be submitted to the Office of Law Admission. You may return the form via mail (Office of Law Admission, Cumberland School of Law, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229), email (, fax (205-726-2057), or in person.

If you have questions regarding your immunization form, please contact Health Services at 205-726-2835. Please note, you risk incurring a $150 fine and a hold on your student account if you delay in submitting the form.

Download the Immunization Record Form

Roommate Request Form

If you are interested in finding a roommate for the upcoming school year, simply complete and submit this form. The Office of Admission will compile a list of entering students seeking roommates, based upon students who return this completed form. The list will be updated throughout the summer. Only students who return this completed form will receive the list. Although the Office of Admission provides you with the names, preferences and contact information of your classmates also seeking roommates, you are responsible for contacting your classmates and ensuring that you select a roommate and living arrangement that fits your needs.

Roommate Request Form

Registering and Preparing for Classes

Summer 1L Courses

Cumberland School of Law offers its entering first-year students the option to take two elective law courses, totaling five credit hours, the summer before the first fall semester of enrollment. The summer electives start in May and the fall semester starts in late August. Learn more about first-year summer courses.

Summer Reading List

To ensure that all incoming students have a common foundation upon which to start their law school education, this book is required reading PRIOR to orientation: Dennis J. Tonsing, 1000 Days to the Bar - But the Practice of Law Begins Now - How to Achieve Your Personal Best in Law School, 2nd Edition, William S. Hein & Co., 2010. ISBN 978-0837738130.

Please see this list for additional books that you may find useful as you prepare to begin law school.

Schedules, Assignments and Textbooks

First-year students are registered for classes and able to access their class schedules in early July.

Transfer students, please download the checklist at the top of this page and refer to it for information on how to register for classes.

Parking Permit

All law students are commuter students and are required to have a commuter parking permit on their vehicle if they wish to park on campus. Changes in vehicle status must be updated with Transportation Services at

Advance purchase of permits will be available online. Students who purchase their parking permit in advance may pick up their permit during orientation at the Transportation Services Office, located in room 302 of Seibert Hall.

To receive a parking permit during orientation, students must register online in advance. Students are strongly encouraged to complete parking permit registration online prior to the start of orientation. Parking permits are $60.

To register, log into the Samford portal and click on the Transportation header.

Student ID

All students will need to visit the Campus Safety Office, located on the second floor of the University Center in Room 202, to have a Samford student ID card issued. There is no cost.

Student IDs may be obtained during August orientation. Students are strongly encouraged to pick up their parking permits and student IDs during orientation and will be provided with free time to do so.

Campus Safety Office Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The number is 205-726-2020.


First-Year Students

Each year, law school orientation for first-year students is held in early August. Attendance is mandatory for all first-year students (including those who participated in summer school). Information regarding orientation will be emailed to your Samford bulldog email address.

Transfer Students

Orientation for students who are transferring to Cumberland School of Law will be held in early August. Attendance is mandatory for all transfer students. Information regarding orientation will be emailed to your Samford bulldog email address.

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