Entering First-Year, Full-time Students
Every student admitted to Cumberland School of Law is considered a possible scholarship student. Those found most deserving by the dean and the scholarship committee will be offered financial assistance in the form of full or partial tuition scholarships.
Outside scholarship funding may be available to entering students through several organizations. Consider contacting some of the following sources:
- fraternities and sororities
- religious groups
- professional organizations
- bar associations
- law firms
- judges’ scholarships
Q: What kinds of scholarships are available for entering law students?
A: Merit scholarships are awarded to entering students on the basis of LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA. Award amounts vary and range from a few thousand dollars to full tuition.
Q: How do entering law students apply for scholarships?
A: All applicants who are admitted as full-time students are automatically considered for scholarships. (No scholarships are available for flextime program participants.)
Current Students (Second- and Third-Year)
Second-year (2L) and third-year (3L) students may be eligible to receive endowed, need-based, merit, or leadership scholarships, made possible through the generosity of the law school’s alumni and friends.
Q: How do 2L or 3L students apply for available scholarships?
A: Endowed, merit, and leadership scholarships are automatically awarded to 2L and 3L students who meet the qualifications for those scholarships. There is an application for the need-based scholarships. The application is available in the spring semester each year.
Q: What kinds of scholarships are available for current law students?
A: Three basic categories of scholarships are available for upper-class law students:
- Merit scholarships—awarded based on academic performance
- Need-based scholarships—awarded based on financial need; annually updated FAFSA and completed application are required for consideration. The application process will be communicated via email by the Office of Operations.
- Leadership scholarships—awarded to students holding specific leadership positions at the law school
Claude Bankester Memorial ScholarshipEstablished by colleagues, former students and friends to honor the memory of this retired faculty member, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need.
Arthur Baron ScholarshipEstablished by Arthur Baron of Orlando, Florida, class of 1976, in honor of the late Donald E. Corley; awarded on the basis of scholastic merit and need.
BellSouth ScholarshipEstablished by BellSouth to be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
J. Morris and Eula Mae Brown ScholarshipEstablished by Joseph M. (Buddy) Brown Jr., of Mobile, class of 1977, in memory of his parents. It is awarded on the basis of scholastic merit.
Jere F. White Jr. FellowshipEstablished by Jere F. White Jr., a Cumberland School of Law 1980 graduate, this fellowship seeks to identify outstanding students with strong credentials, a history of leadership and commitment to service that has been demonstrated during and/or after graduation from college. Preference is given to applicants who have served in the military, Peace Corps, Teach for America or other programs benefiting under-served communities.
Judge Stephen B. Coleman ScholarshipEstablished by friends of Judge Coleman, a longtime Alabama bankruptcy judge. The scholarship is awarded to a student interested in bankruptcy law.
Annette Dodd Memorial ScholarshipEstablished by colleagues, former students and friends to honor the memory of this retired faculty member, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need.
Calvin and Ina Driver ScholarshipEstablished by the Drivers under a trust in their wills, the scholarship benefits second- or third-year students from smaller communities who have a record of outstanding academic achievement.
Judge Joel F. Dubina ScholarshipEstablished by former law clerks and friends of Judge Joel F. Dubina ’73, in his honor, this endowed scholarship will be awarded to a law student based on the merits of scholarship, character, and worthiness or need.
Judge John C. Godbold Scholarship in LawEstablished by former law clerks and friends of Judge Godbold, chief judge of the fifth and eleventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeal (retired). The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and is renewable.
Commander James L. Hughes ScholarshipInitiated by professor Sara Clark and supported by the widow and son of the late professor; awarded on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
R. Kenneth Manning Memorial ScholarshipEstablished in memory of the late Cumberland professor, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and involvement in the law school and community.
Andrew B. Martin Memorial ScholarshipEstablished through the will of Mary Martin Brown in memory of her father, who joined the Cumberland School of Law faculty in 1878. He was appointed dean upon the death of Judge Nathan Green in 1919 and served until his own death in 1920. The proceeds of this endowed scholarship will assist a deserving third-year student recommended to the dean by the scholarship committee.
Thomas Wesley Martin ScholarshipEstablished by the Martin Foundation in memory of Thomas Wesley Martin, a lawyer and founder of Alabama Power Company.
Lt. Wayne Morse USMC Book ScholarshipEstablished by Wayne Morse '76, in honor of his father, Lt. Wayne Morse USMC. The endowed scholarship is awarded to a rising third-year student with the highest GPA, who has honorably served or is serving in a branch of the military.
Richard and Margaret Peters ScholarshipEstablished by the late Margaret Waddell Peters '31 in honor of her late husband, Richard, also a member of the class of 1931.
Louise and Henry Poellnitz Johnston ScholarshipEndowed by H.P. Johnston to assist law and pharmacy students.
W.D. Rollison Memorial ScholarshipEstablished through the will of Edwin Rollison, widow of former Professor Rollison, to assist third-year students with outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
John Shepherd ScholarshipEstablished by a bequest of Lillian Ward Shepherd; awarded on the basis of academic achievement.
Spain Gillon/Judge H. Hobart Grooms Sr. ScholarshipEstablished by the law firm of Spain & Gillon to assist a rising senior who does not have other significant assistance. The recipient is recognized each year as the Grooms Senior Scholar.
M. Alan Stephens Memorial Scholarship FundEstablished by the firm of Spain & Gillon in memory of M. Alan Stephens '84, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding third-year student concentrating in the area of business, tax and corporate law.
Arthur A. Weeks Scholarship in LawEstablished to honor the former dean of the law school, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need.
Mary H. Williams ScholarshipEstablished by former dean Parham H. Williams in honor of his mother, Mary H. Williams '25, the scholarship is awarded to a senior law student who has shown the greatest promise in legal writing based on contributions to the Cumberland Law Review (even-numbered years) or the American Journal of Trial Advocacy (odd-numbered years). Selection made by the board and faculty adviser of the respective publication.
Parham H. Williams Endowed ScholarshipEstablished by friends and colleagues of Parham H. Williams upon his retirement as dean of Cumberland School of Law (1985–96). Mark Ezell, an attorney from Butler, Alabama, and T. Roe Frazer '85, provided the initial corpus for the fund, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a student, regardless of class year. Recipients are chosen by the scholarship committee from a pool of nominees following interviews and other selection criteria. The grant is awarded beyond tuition.
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ScholarshipEstablished by the academy, this annually-funded $1,000 scholarship assists two students who excel in domestic law.
American Board of Trial Advocates Scholarship FundEstablished and annually funded by the Alabama chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, this scholarship is awarded to the student actively involved in the Trial Advocacy Program who demonstrates superior qualities of leadership and achievement.
Jere Locke Beasley Scholarship in Trial AdvocacyEstablished by Jere Beasley and the law firm of Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC to recognize and assist an outstanding second- or third-year law student actively involved in the Trial Advocacy Program who does not have other significant scholarship assistance. Beasley is a Montgomery attorney and is a parent of a Cumberland School of Law alumna.
Ross and Verona Evans Environmental Law ScholarshipCumberland School of Law professor Jill Evans has established the Ross and Verona Evans Environmental Scholarship in Law in honor of her parents. The scholarship will benefit students interested in a career in environmental law. Part of the annual scholarship will assist second- or third-year students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Master of Environmental Management joint degree program.
Scott A. Powell Scholarship in Trial AdvocacyEstablished in 2003, this scholarship recognizes ability and achievement in trial advocacy. The recipient will be a second- or third-year student who is actively involved in the trial program and has shown financial need and demonstrated academic achievement.
Starnes and Atchison Trial Advocacy ScholarshipEstablished by the law firm of Starnes and Atchison to recognize achievement in the area of trial advocacy, the scholarship is awarded to the winner(s) of the Parham H. Williams Freshman Trial Competition and is applied to tuition for the second year of law school.
Herbert W. Peterson Trial Advocacy ScholarshipLanny Vines, a Birmingham attorney and parent of a Cumberland School of Law alumna, awards a scholarship to directors of the trial board in honor of Professor Herbert W. Peterson, retired co-director of the trial program.
Col. Douglas C. Lauderdale Law Week ScholarshipThe Lauderdale Law Week Scholarship was established by friends in honor of the late Col. Douglas C. Lauderdale, class of 1932, and an avid supporter of Law Week. This partial tuition scholarship is provided to the Law Week chairman.
Russomanno Leadership ScholarshipHerman J. Russomanno '75, former Student Bar Association president, has established this partial scholarship to be awarded each year to the president of the Student Bar Association.
Balch & Bingham Scholarship FundEstablished by Balch & Bingham LLP.
Judge Ingram Beasley Scholarship in LawEstablished by the family and friends of the late Judge Beasley.
BellSouth Telecommunications Scholarship in LawEstablished by BellSouth Telecommunications.
Abe Berkowitz Endowed ScholarshipFunded by contributions from the Birmingham firms of Berkowitz Lefkovits Isom & Kushner and Leitman Siegal Payne & Campbell PA.
Lee C. Bradley Jr. Endowed ScholarshipFunded by the Birmingham law firm of Bradley Arant Rose & White.
Donald C. Corley Endowed ScholarshipEstablished in memory of the former dean of Cumberland School of Law.
Philip Dale Corley Memorial ScholarshipEstablished by family, friends and colleagues to honor the memory of Dale Corley.
Harwell Goodwin Davis Endowed ScholarshipMade possible by the contributions and efforts of the Davis family.
James O. Haley Endowed ScholarshipMade possible by contributions and efforts of the Birmingham law firm of Hare Wynn Newell & Newton.
William Jeff Haralson ScholarshipEstablished by Charles Mauney '76 in memory of the late Judge Haralson '26.
Raymond P. Hutchens Memorial ScholarshipEstablished to help attract outstanding freshman law students.
Herbert W. Peterson Endowed ScholarshipFunded by the law firm of Rives & Peterson.
Stancil R. Starnes Endowed ScholarshipMade possible by the contributions and efforts of the Starnes family and the Birmingham law firm of Starnes & Atchison.
Judge James C. Turk ScholarshipEstablished by his son, James C. Turk Jr. '84.
Frank M. Young, Jr., Scholarship in LawEstablished by Frank M. Young III '69 of Birmingham in honor of his father.
Franklin Whyte Bedford Memorial ScholarshipEstablished in 1980 by family and friends in memory of Franklin Whyte Bedford '79.
Albert P. Brewer Scholarship in LawMark and Alison Calhoun and their daughters have established a scholarship in honor of Alison Calhoun’s father, the former governor of Alabama, Albert P. Brewer. Second- or third-year students with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement are eligible for consideration. Preference is given to residents of the state of Alabama who are near the top of their class and have no other scholarship assistance.
Albert P. and Martha F. Brewer Scholarship in LawEstablished by former governor Albert P. Brewer and Martha F. Brewer, this endowed scholarship will assist a second- or third-year student with demonstrated financial need.
Ernie Cory ScholarshipEstablished in 2003, this scholarship assists second- or third-year law students who have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.
A.G. Gaston Scholarship in LawEstablished in 2004 to honor Birmingham civil rights pioneer A.G. Gaston, this scholarship assists second- or third-year minority law students who have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.
Johnnie Noble Hodges ScholarshipThe estate of Nina Hodge Cline has established the Johnnie Noble Hodges Scholarship in honor of Johnnie Noble Hodges. The scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year student with one or more children who demonstrates financial need.
John A. and Mildred Holley Jamison Scholarship in LawEstablished by Judge John A. and Mildred Jamison through a provision in their wills. Judge Jamison graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in 1941. The scholarship will assist a second- or third-year student with demonstrated financial need.
Phillip A. and Nancy Laird Book ScholarshipThis scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year student demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and financial need.
David H. Marsh ScholarshipEstablished by the law firm of Marsh Rickard & Bryan, this scholarship assists second- or third-year students with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to Alabama residents who are at the top of their class and do not have other scholarship assistance.
Clarence H. Mullins ScholarshipEstablished by Ara Mullins, a 1927 graduate of Samford University, in memory of her brother, U.S. District Judge Clarence Mullins, who practiced law for 25 years prior to serving on the bench.
Porterfield Harper & Mills Scholarship FundEstablished by the law firm of Porterfield Harper & Mills, this annually-funded scholarship assists a rising second-year student with demonstrated financial need.
Memory Leake Robinson Memorial ScholarshipEstablished by his wife, Eleanor Robinson, and the firm of Lange Simpson Robinson & Somerville.
Carol Lindsay Scott ScholarshipEstablished by Romaine Scott in memory of Carol Lindsay Scott, the scholarship is awarded annually to assist with the purchase of books. Recipients must be members of the Christian Legal Society.
Arthur L. and Sue McQuaig Smith ScholarshipEstablished in 2004, this endowed, need-based scholarship is awarded to second- or third-year students with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from Georgia who are in the top half of their class and have no other scholarship assistance.
Warren R. Splitt Memorial ScholarshipEstablished by Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Splitt in loving memory of their son, Warren, who graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 1976. The recipients must be from Florida and intend to practice in Florida.
Student Bar Association, Cumberland School of Law, Endowed Scholarship FundEstablished by the Student Bar Association to assist a needy second- or third-year law student.
David L. and Grace S. Thomas Scholarship in Law
The David and Grace Thomas Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of E. W. and Blanche Thomas and Grace D. and Roy W. Knight Jr. The scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law student who has demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. Character, leadership and involvement in the life of the law school may be considered. The recipient must be a resident of Alabama. Preference is given in the following order: 1) graduate of Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama; 2) resident of Jefferson County, Alabama; 3) resident of Hoover or Homewood, Alabama.
A.G. Gaston Scholarship in Law
Established in 2004 to honor Birmingham civil rights pioneer A.G. Gaston, this scholarship assists second- or third-year minority law students who have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.
DRI-The voice of the Defense Bar Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship assists second- or third-year minority or female students who have demonstrated academic excellence, service to the legal profession, service to the community and service to the cause of diversity. More information and the scholarship application can be found here.
W. J. Ellison/BLSA ScholarshipThe Cumberland Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has established the W. J. Ellison/BLSA Scholarship in honor of professor W. J. Ellison, a longtime member of the Cumberland School of Law faculty. The endowment will provide scholarship assistance on an annual basis for the second- or third-year BLSA member who has made the greatest contribution to the life of the law school.
Theodore and Roslyn Leopold Scholarship
Established in 2003, this scholarship assists second- or third-year minority law students who have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.
SONAT Diversity Scholarship in Law
Established to encourage students who are members of racial, ethnic or socioeconomic groups underrepresented in the legal profession. The scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year student on the basis of criteria established by Samford University and SONAT.
John A. Armstrong Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of a native Tennessean who characterized the tradition and heritage of Cumberland School of Law rooted in Lebanon, Tennessee. It is awarded to a Tennessee student who exhibits the qualities of a superior trial advocate.
John Cabler Corbitt Memorial Scholarship
Judge Cabler Corbitt '33 established a trust fund to provide scholarships for Tennessee residents who agree, in writing, to practice in the state of Tennessee for a period of not less than five years after graduation and admission to the Tennessee Bar.
Walter C. Jones Jr., M.D. Scholarship
Established by Walter C. Jones IV '81 in honor of his grandfather and awarded to a student from Florida. Award will be based on the merits of scholarship, character and worthiness. It may be renewed as long as the student is in good academic standing.
The outside scholarships listed below have not been vetted, but we want to make them available so students can do their own research and apply for outside funds.
ABC Law Centers Disability Advocacy Scholarship
The ABC Law Centers Disability Advocacy Scholarship is open to undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. The $1,000 scholarship opportunity is for students who are planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy. Learn more.
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Scholarship
An annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to a third-year student, preferably an Alabama resident, who has achieved an interest and ability in trial and appellate practice.
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship
An annual scholarship in the amount of $500 is awarded to a deserving second-year law student who is an Alabama resident and shows promise as a trial lawyer.
Birmingham Bar Association Memorial Fund Scholarship
An annual scholarship of $1,000 is awarded by the Birmingham Bar Scholarship Committee to a deserving law student, a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama, who intends to practice law in the Birmingham area. Applications should be filed with the Birmingham Bar Association Memorial Fund Scholarship Committee, 900 Jefferson County Courthouse, Birmingham, AL 35203.
Cabaniss Johnston Scholarship
The Birmingham law firm of Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O’Neal established a scholarship through the Alabama Law Foundation Inc. in 1987 to commemorate the entrance of the law firm into its second century. The scholarship is awarded to a top second-year student from Alabama who is enrolled in an accredited law school. For information and application, contact the Alabama Law Foundation, Inc. 415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.
Carr & Weatherby Scholarship
The Atlanta personal injury firm, Carr & Weatherby, is asking students to submit a short essay on one of three topics: How did your family story influence your decision to go to law school? How have you overcome a particular challenge in your life that led you to decide to pursue a career in law? In what ways would a law school education change your life and, in turn, the lives of your loved ones and others around you? Currently enrolled students should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Essays are to be no more than 250 words. First-generation law students are encouraged to apply. The deadline in Jan. 1, 2021. Learn more.
Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein (DDRB) Lawyers Legal Scholarship
Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein LLP is offering a scholarship opportunity for law school students for 2021. The DDRB Lawyers Legal Scholarship, worth $1500, is designed to help one law school student pay for their tuition costs. Admitted law school students attending an accredited law school in the United States with a minimum of 3.5 GPA. We will accept "pass" for binary grading systems. Applications, including all supporting documents, must be submitted in full, online, by Jan. 31, 2021 in order to be considered. A winner will be announced on, or before, March 31, 2021. Learn more.
Goodman Acker PC Law School Scholarship
The Goodman Acker Law School Scholarship Program was created as part of the firm's commitment to give back to the community by rewarding law students who demonstrate high academic achievement, strong communication skills and an interest in practicing law. The scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded to a student who has achieved high academic achievement, submitted an original essay, and is currently attending or has been accepted to an accredited law school in the United States. This includes students enrolled at an accredited four-year university that have been accepted to a law school. (Copy of acceptance letter will have to be included in application submission). All information can be found here.
Indian River County Bar Association Scholarship
The Indian River County Bar Association has established a scholarship fund to provide annual awards to law students from Indian River County, Florida. For information, deadlines and application contact: Robert C. Nall, McKinnon Stewart & Nall, P.O. Box 3345, Vero Beach, FL 32964-3345, 305-231-3500.
Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship
The Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship is awarded to one or more female Alabama residents attending an Alabama law school. The Woman's Section of the Alabama State Bar established the Justice L. Shores Scholarship, named in honor of the first female Alabama Supreme Court Justice. Scholarships are awarded annually. The application deadline is April 1. The application may be found here.
Lightfoot Franklin & White Diversity Scholarship
Lightfoot is committed to the important work of hiring and developing talented lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion are core values at Lightfoot, and we believe fostering these important principles within our firm and the broader legal community requires intentional, tangible efforts on many fronts.
The annual Lightfoot Diversity Scholarship is open to diverse, qualified 1L and 2L law students. The recipient is awarded a $10,000 scholarship prize after the completion of a required six-week summer clerkship in the firm’s Birmingham office June 28 through August 6. Learn more and how to apply here.
The Magic City Bar Association Scholarship Fund
Established by the Magic City Bar Association to assist a rising third-year minority student who has shown outstanding leadership and/or academic achievement.
The Reeves Law Group Scholarship
Each year, The Reeves Law Group offers a $5,000 scholarship to a future law student in their senior undergrad year or a student currently in law school who authors a winning essay about their genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. The full eligibility details and entry requirements for the scholarship can be found here.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation offers international study scholarships to students 18 to 28 years old who are proficient in the language of the proposed study country. Application deadline is March 1. Contact any local Rotary Club or The Rotary Foundation, 1600 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, 312-328-0100.
Phi Alpha Delta Scholarship
One $500 scholarship is awarded per chapter each academic year to a fraternity member who has been a member at least six months and is in good standing with the chapter. Contact the Cumberland School of Law chapter for details.
Phi Delta Phi Scholarship
The International Legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi makes an award of $100 each fall to the Phi Delta Phi member attaining the highest scholastic average in his or her first year. Phi Delta Phi also makes loans of up to $500 available to members of the fraternity. Contact the Cumberland School of Law chapter for application materials.
The Alabama Lawyer Student Award
The Alabama Lawyer, a publication of the Alabama Bar Association, has established an annual award of $250 for the best article submitted by a student for publication in The Alabama Lawyer. The subject of the article, which is announced in September, must be an area of current general interest to the practicing bar.
BAR/BRI Achievement and Service Award
The BAR/BRI has established a BAR/BRI Review Course Award, which consists of full tuition for one BAR/BRI Bar Review Course awarded annually to a graduating senior based upon achievement, service and financial need.
W. Donaldson Civil Procedure Writing Award
Each year a cash award is given to the student submitting the best paper on any area of federal or state civil procedure. The competition is sponsored by former Cumberland School of Law professor Frank Donaldson, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.
Hand Arendall Bedsole Greaves & Johnston Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
The Mobile law firm of Hand Arendall Bedsole Greaves & Johnston has established an award for students involved in the moot court program at Cumberland School of Law. This is a cash award from the law firm to a student(s) who, in the opinion of the faculty, have shown the most promise in appellate advocacy through brief writing, oral presentation and contribution to the overall advocacy program.
Sylvia Key Hollowell Award for the Handicapped
Established by the board of directors of the Southeastern Law Placement Consortium in memory and honor of Sylvia Key Hollowell, former director of placement at the Cumberland School of Law. The award is given annually to a deserving student.
Scholar of Merit Award
The Scholar of Merit Award is awarded each semester to the freshman, junior and senior who receives the highest grade in each class.
George M. Stewart Award
Each spring during Law Week an award is made to a second-year law student in need of financial assistance, who is interested in a career in banking or trust law and who has maintained an above-average academic record. The award is made in memory of George M. Stewart, class of 1947, by his daughter, Peggy Stewart Reeves.
Judge Daniel H. Thomas Award in Admiralty
Each year, the Mobile Bar Association gives the Judge Daniel H. Thomas Award in Admiralty to the student making the highest grade in admiralty at Cumberland School of Law. Judge Thomas graduated from the University of Alabama Law School in 1928. In March of 1951, President Harry Truman appointed him U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. In 1971, he assumed senior status and has presided over various admiralty trials throughout the United States.