The Law Student Records Office will prepare student's schedule based upon the choices indicated on the pre-registration form. The opportunity to adjust schedules will be given during the drop/add period (set each semester and published on website). However, some courses may already have reached their maximum enrollment by this time. Every effort will be made to insure that the student receives the courses selected. If the student's priority schedule is not received by the registration deadline, adjustments will be made based upon the alternate courses he/she provides. Registration materials may be turned in to the Law Student Records Office (Robinson Hall room 106) during normal business hours beginning at 8 a.m. on the first day of registration and ending at 4:30 p.m. on the last day of registration. Provided the student's materials are submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of registration, the order in which the student's materials are received in the Law Student Records Office will not affect his/her priority in the registration process. However, students whose materials are turned in after 4:30 p. m. on the last day of registration will be registered for courses that remain open after all timely-submitted registration materials have been processed.

Students will be required to take Business Organizations no later than the fourth semester and Wills, Trusts, and Estates no later than the fifth semester.

Beginning with the Class of 2020, students will be required to take Criminal Procedure I during their 2nd or 3rd year.

*NOTE: Certain courses have required prerequisites, co-requisites or require permission from the instructor.

Second year students are required to register for Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II, and must continue in the same section for both terms of the course. The following courses are required and may be taken during the second or third year.

View a list of second year required courses.

Students must also satisfy the "Graduation Writing Requirement" by completing a designated course. Students must graduate with six (6) hours of "Experiential Learning" courses.

Alternate Courses

Given that some priority courses cannot be scheduled, selections of alternate courses are encouraged. Complete the alternate course registration in the same manner as the priority course registration, except that points may not be allocated to alternate courses. For each of your priority courses that is not available at the number of points one bids, an alternate course will be added to his/her schedule starting with your 1st choice, to the extent that (a) space is available in the alternate course, (b) the alternate course does not conflict with the schedule for the priority courses for which you are registered, (c) the alternate is not another section of a course for which student is already registered, and (d) adding the alternate course does not exceed the maximum credit hours allowed.

Registration Form Instructions

  1. Complete name, SUid and e-mail address.
  2. Indicate desired priority courses in a coordinated schedule (specify preferred section if there is more than one). Only one section of a multiple-section course may be listed as a priority course.
  3. Indicate desired alternate courses should any priority courses be unavailable. Include indicated preferences for alternate sections of your priority courses.
  4. Indicate the number of credits in the priority schedule. The maximum number of credits that may be taken without special permission from the Associate Dean is 16. If more than 16 hours are registered, there will be a tuition increase. To take fewer than 13 hours, permission must be granted from the Associate Dean (this includes Joint Degree Students.)
  5. Directed Research is limited to a total of two hours credit toward graduation. The completed Directed Research Form must be turned in with the registration form.
  6. Please refer to the Cumberland web site for specific information on graduation requirements
  7. Basic Skills, Advanced Trial, Law Office Practice and Management and Negotiation cannot be dropped after the term begins.
  8. Externships cannot be dropped without the permission of the Professor. Students may receive academic credit for up to two externship placements, including Judicial Observation toward the completion of their degree.

Bid Points

You have 30 points to distribute among the courses you request. These 30 points allow you to weight a course as to the degree of desirability and to influence the order in which it is scheduled relative to other students requesting the same course. For other courses, students in each class year requesting a course with a weight of 15 (for example) will be scheduled before those who place a weight of less than 15 on the same course. A weight of zero is allowed. Zero weight assigned to a course will place the request among the last to be scheduled. A weight of 30 is also allowed. This weight assignment will place the request among the first to be scheduled. The total of all weights assigned must not exceed 30. Exceeding 30 will cause a rejection of your total schedule request.

Externship placements are not made based upon the point-bidding system. These placements are handled independently through the Clinical Office.

Third year students who submit their Registration Materials by the deadline are given priority in registering for all courses, except Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy.

A schedule of bid points required for placement in classes in previous semesters follows this section. You will notice some courses historically have required bid points for placement. Others have changed from semester to semester. This history should assist you in deciding how best to use the 30 points you have to your best advantage.

Review the bid point history from the last few semesters.

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites

Law Course Prerequisites and Corequisites
Course # Course Name Prerequisites*/Corequisites**  
610 Business Planning Business Organizations (526)** or permission of the instructor Waiver
620 Securities Regulation Business Organizations (526)* or permission of the instructor Waiver
639 Taxation of Non-Profit Organizations Federal Income Tax I (668)** or permission of the instructor Waiver
641 Estate Administration Wills, Trusts, & Estates (540)*  
655 Corporate Taxation Business Organizations (526)** and Federal Income Tax I (668)** or permission of the instructor Waiver
669 Federal Income Tax II Federal Income Tax I (668)*  
699 ERISA Federal Income Tax I (668)*  
712 Jury Selection Basic Skills (800)*  
714 Deposition Skills/Technology Basic Skills (800)*  
769 AD Advanced Domestic Relations Domestic Relations (662)**  
799-01 Representing Small Business Business Organizations (526)**  
800 Basic Skills Evidence (524)*  
804 Advanced Skills Basic Skills (800)* and approval of the instructor  

*Prerequisite: must be taken before the listed course
**Corequisite: may be taken at the same time as the listed course
Permission of Instructor: must have signed permission of the instructor before being registered for the listed course

Note: Fall and spring registration is not completed online; please follow the instructions above.

Instructions to Complete Summer Registration Online

  1. Log into the Samford portal
  2. Click on the Banner icon
  3. Click the menu item entitled “Student & Financial Aid”.
  4. Click the menu item entitled "Registration" to begin.
  5. Click the menu item entitled “Registration Status”.
  6. Select the “Term” you want to register for and click on the “Submit” button
  7. Review information and take care of any holds listed, if none and the date is during the dates shown under “You may register during the following times” you may proceed by clicking the “Return To Menu” link in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  8. Click the menu item entitled "Add or Drop Classes" (If the “Registration Term” screen appears then select the term you are going to register for)
  9. Click the “Class Search” button at the bottom of the screen.
  10. Select one or more subjects and any other search criteria you want to use. At least one subject must always be selected for a search.
  11. Once you've found your class, check the box to the left to select it. If there is a "C" in this space, then the class section is closed.
  12. Once you have check marked the course(s) you want, click the "Register" button at the bottom of the page.
  13. Click “Class Search” to repeat the process and complete your entire schedule.
  14. To view your schedule, click  "Student Detail Schedule" in the Registration.