Cumberland School of Law has a wide variety of student organizations established for an equally wide range of purposes. Some student organizations are geared to extend scholarship and academic opportunities, while others are designed for pure socializing. There are service groups making a difference in the surrounding community, athletic organizations that just want to play a good game and several groups that are waiting for their next great leader.
For more information about becoming involved in a current student organization or to explore the possibility of starting a new organization or re-establishing an inactive one, please stop by or contact the Office of Student Services.
Active Student Organizations+
American Journal of Trial Advocacy
The journal is a law review dedicated to trial advocacy as a specialty within the law. The American Journal of Trial Advocacy’s successful endeavors are consistently listed as worth reading in the National Law Journal. Attaining membership on a legal publication during your law school career represents a high level of analytical skill and writing ability and will open doors that might otherwise remain closed. If you maintain a class standing within the top third of your class by the end of your first year, you will receive an invitation to participate in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy’s candidate writing program.
Learn more about the American Journal of Trial Advocacy
Cumberland Law Review
The Cumberland Law Review is the student organization responsible for publishing a traditional law review three times annually. It publishes significant articles authored by law professors, judges, attorneys and other legal scholars. The Cumberland Law Review also publishes superior student written comments and hosts a symposium in the spring. If you maintain a top fifteen percent ranking in your class, you will be invited to participate in the Cumberland Law Review candidate writing program at the end of your first year.
Learn more about the Cumberland Law Review
Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board
The Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board has actively participated in national moot court competitions, winning high national and regional honors in these events. The board is composed of junior and senior students who have demonstrated excellence in both their writing and appellate advocacy skills. New members are selected each fall and spring based on the applicant’s appellate experience, writing skills and G.P.A. The moot court competitions resemble appellate arguments with each side arguing for their client in front of three appellate judges. The moot court competitions are a great way to enhance legal arguing skills.
Trial Advocacy Board
The Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board is dedicated to educating and training law students to become competent, aggressive and ethical trial attorneys. Cumberland School of Law’s clinical program is nationally recognized. The trial board sponsors mock trial competitions each semester in which students compete in various mock trials that resemble real federal trials judged by experienced student advocates, attorneys and judges. The trial board encourages freshmen to participate as witnesses during their first semester and in the freshman competition the second semester. In addition, the board sponsors negotiation, mediation and client counseling competitions.
Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association
The Cumberland School of Law student section of the Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association (ADLA) began as a way to provide students with a truly professional organization similar to its counterpart, the ADLA, which is the largest specialty legal organization within the Alabama State Bar Association. Cumberland ADLA’s purpose is to promote awareness, fellowship, and professional development among law students who have an interest in dedicating themselves to the defense of civil actions and the promotion of fairness and integrity in the civil justice system.
Literally every civil defense firm in Birmingham, as well as hundreds of other civil defense firms from around the state comprises the membership of the ADLA. As a member of the Cumberland ADLA, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the type of work that these defense firms perform. You will also have an opportunity to meet members of these firms at conferences and conventions you will be eligible to attend as a student member. Membership is open to any interested Cumberland School of Law student or faculty member. Association benefits include:
- Subscription to the ADLA Journal
- Invitations to attend ADLA events and conventions that will provide valuable networking opportunities
- Meetings featuring speakers from defense firms and corporations around Alabama
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Students Association is an organization created and designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students; to foster and encourage professional competence; to focus upon the relationship of the black attorney to the American legal system; to instill in the black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the black community; to utilize their expertise to initiate a change within the legal system that will make it more responsive to the needs and concerns of the black community; to do any and all things necessary and lawful for the accomplishment of these goals. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Legal Society
Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a national non-denominational membership organization of attorneys, judges, law professors and law students working in association with others, to follow Jesus’ command “to do justice with the love of God” (Luke 11:42; Matthew 23:23). Founded in the Chicago area in 1961 by four lawyers who met to pray together at an American Bar Association convention in 1959, CLS is today a wholly religious not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Illinois corporation with its principal place of business now in Annandale, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, D.C.). Acting through its national staff, its member volunteers, its attorneys and the law student chapters, the society’s mission is to identify, equip and mobilize “a national grassroots network of lawyers and law students committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ, through all we do in the practice of law, and by advocating biblical conflict reconciliation, public justice, religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.” The Cumberland chapter is very active in many activities that serve the student body through fellowship, community service, scholastic and career development.
Cordell Hull Speakers Forum
The Cordell Hull Speakers Forum is one of the many outstanding voices on campus. It is an organization responsible for educating the student body in a variety of areas through its guest speakers. In the past, the speakers forum has included such renowned figures as former Presidents of the United States George Bush and Ronald Reagan, United States Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas, Attorney General Janet Reno, author John Grisham and Alabama Governor Bob Riley.
The Cumberland Democrats work to promote discussion and examination of progressive solutions to the problems that plague Alabama in an enjoyable social setting. They seek to increase discourse of political events and ideas without divisiveness. The organization is not tied to any single course of ultra-liberal or ultra-moderate advocacy but instead embraces the plethora of political thought that is common among all grassroots Democratic Party organizations.
Cumberland Environmental Law Society
The purpose of the organization is to seek better understanding of issues pertaining to both the environment and environmental law.
Cumberland International Law Students Association (CILSA)
The Cumberland Republicans host speakers who are leaders in the local and state Republican Party. Further, the Cumberland Republicans maintain communication with the Alabama State Republican office to learn of any events or speakers coming to the Birmingham area, allowing students the opportunity to hear first-hand from Republican leaders and candidates.
Cumberland Softball Club
The softball club is an organization of sportsmanship, integrity, honor and respect. One of the main objectives is to send team(s) to the National Law School Softball Tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia, each year.
Cumberland Federalist Society
Hispanic Interest Law Students Association
The purpose of the Hispanic Interest Law Students Association is to promote understanding and awareness of Hispanic culture and of issues facing the Hispanic and legal communities in the Birmingham area. Membership to this organization is open to all students. As the largest minority in the United States, the Hispanic community, particularly in the southeastern U.S., will need representation in all areas of law.
Intellectual Property Law Society
The Intellectual Property Law Society promotes law students' interest in intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyright, IT, and trade secrets law. The organization provides and sponsors speakers, seminars, conferences, and a forum for the exchange of ideas.
Joint-Degree Students of Cumberland
Military Justice Society
Within the military justice system there exists an opportunity for attorneys to render significant service to the men and women serving or having served, in the United States Armed Forces. The purpose of the organization includes furthering the study and appreciation of military justice with an emphasis on the application of research and trial skills in the legal service to service members; to prepare interested students, mentally and physically, for the Armed Forces of the United States; and to offer students an opportunity to operate in a service capacity in efforts to benefit current and former service members.
Public Interest and Community Service Organization
The mission of the Public Interest and Community Service Organization is to promote, encourage and organize ongoing community service and public interest projects with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother Big Sister, local high schools and elementary schools, Legal Aid and Legal Services, animal rescue organizations and others. By providing students opportunities to serve their campus and community, the Public Interest and Community Service Organization provides contact with public interest career opportunities for future legal professionals.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is comprised of students interested in the fields of sports and entertainment law. It is committed to promoting awareness and support of those pursuing careers in these areas.
Women in Law
The Cumberland School of Law chapter of Women in Law is a source of support, information and networking opportunities for current female law students. The organization strives to create an environment where an informed dialogue on issues of women, law and society is encouraged and analyzed and to increase the community’s awareness of legal, political and social issues, emphasizing women’s perspectives. Women in Law strives to educate the community regarding gender issues by encouraging a broad-based exchange of ideas. In addition, the organization serves to support, inspire and encourage legal work affecting, advancing or impacting women. Members assist the law school in recruiting female law students and keeping meaningful lines of communication open between female students and the law school administration, faculty and students.
Florida Student Bar Association
Membership in the Florida Student Bar Association provides a great opportunity for students to develop contacts with attorneys practicing in that state.
Georgia Student Bar Association
Membership in the Georgia Student Bar Association provides a great opportunity for students to develop contacts with attorneys practicing in that state.
Tennessee Student Bar Association
The primary purpose of the Tennessee Student Bar Association is to serve as a resource for students to meet and get to know one another in the law school environment. The majority of the association consists of Tennessee residents who are attending the Cumberland School of Law and would like to return to Tennessee to practice law. Nevertheless, the Tennessee Student Bar Association is open to residents of all states who either want to learn more about Tennessee or possibly want to practice there. The Tennessee Student Bar Association would like to serve as a networking resource for those looking to find summer clerkships and post-graduation employment in Tennessee. Cumberland School of Law has a broad network of alumni groups in East, Middle, and West Tennessee, and in the past, the Tennessee Student Bar Association has taken steps to continue contact with those groups.
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta is the largest law fraternity with more than 200,000 members worldwide. Distinguished alumni include six presidents, two current Supreme Court justices and numerous congressional representatives. Joining Phi Alpha Delta is a great way to become part of a worldwide network of leaders. One out of every six attorneys in the United States is a member of Phi Alpha Delta.
Founded in 1902 in South Haven, Michigan, Phi Alpha Delta is composed of law students, attorneys, judges, and educators and is dedicated to promoting professional competency, service and achievement within the law profession.
On a national level, Phi Alpha Delta provides many opportunities for networking and benefits for its members. It is the only law fraternity with an online directory. It can be searched by name, state, zip code or specialty. This is a great tool for networking within the fraternity. Phi Alpha Delta also offers benefits such as discounted auto insurance and car rentals and provides five service scholarships annually based on outstanding service.
On a local level, Phi Alpha Delta is a great way to get involved at Cumberland School of Law. There are opportunities in the area of both service and social activities with other law students.
Inactive Student Organizations+
American Constitution Society
Asian Law Student Association
Association of Trial Lawyers
Catholic Law Student Association
Cumberland Libertarian Society
Cumberland Second Amendment Appreciation Society
The mission of Cumberland Second Amendment Appreciation Society (CSAAS) is to demonstrate an appreciation for the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States by providing a forum for the non-partisan discussion of second amendment issues, the provision of information pertaining to the rights and liberties granted by the second amendment and the safe exercise of the rights the second amendment renders to all American citizens.
Cumberland Swim Club
Cumberland Wildlife Society
Defense Research Institute—The Voice of the Defense Bar
Defense Research Institute (DRI)—The Voice of the Defense Bar is an international membership association of lawyers engaged in the defense of civil actions. DRI provides professional information to its members through continuing legal education, publications and other member services. It is also a forum for exchanging ideas on current issues of importance to defense lawyers, corporations and insurance companies. Here are some of the many member benefits:
- CLE: member rates on more than 20 annual seminars, online CLE and teleconferences
- Expert Witness Database available exclusively to DRI members with information on more than 50,000 plaintiff and defense experts
- Opportunities for committee involvement
- The Voice, DRI’s weekly enewsletter
- For The Defense, DRI’s premier monthly magazine
- DRI publications at member rates
- DRI’s annual meeting, the flagship event offering blockbuster CLE, numerous business meetings, installation of new DRI leadership and a variety of networking opportunities
- Discounts from affinity partners
Jewish Law Students Association
Law, Science & Technology Society
The objectives of this society are to raise awareness of intellectual property–related legal issues; to generate student interest in intellectual property law; to facilitate an ongoing dialogue regarding intellectual property law and related legal issues; and to act as a representative between students interested in intellectual property law and professionals practicing in the field of intellectual property law.
Media & Law Practice Group
Nathaniel Green Debate Society
Student Health Lawyers Association
This organization is the school chapter associated with American Health Lawyers Association, the nation’s largest nonpartisan educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. Health Lawyers provide in-person and distance learning educational programs; an annual conference; public interest colloquiums, briefings and teleconferences; and books, practice guides, monographs and publications, as well as practice groups that focus on specific areas of health law or special employment settings.
Transition and Welcome Society
The purpose of the Transition and Welcome Society is to help transfer and visiting students acclimate to the Cumberland School of Law community, discuss common challenges and provide support where possible.
Alabama Student Bar Association
Mississippi Student Bar Association
North Carolina Student Bar Association
South Carolina Student Bar Association
Texas Student Bar Association
Virginia Student Bar Association
Phi Delta Phi
If a law student would like to start a new organization, he/she is welcome to. There are some steps required for an organization to be recognized such as having an organization constitution. To establish a new origination, it is best to first schedule a meeting with Pamela Nelson, director of Student Services.
Register a New Organization
- Browse to http://samford.orgsync.com
- Click the Red link to Log In to Samfordsync
- Authenticate on the Samford CAS system
- Click the green button for Browse Organizations
- Click the green button for Register New Organization
- Click Campus Life at Samford and click the Select button
- Complete all required fields. For Category, choose Cumberland Law School
- Click Next and the rest of the fields requested should be self-explanatory
Request a Communications Portal with OrgSync
To set up a new organization on Samford University’s OrgSync site you will need the following materials:
- Membership roster (any Word document, Excel sheet will do—you will upload it with your application)
- Organization constitution/by-laws (you will upload it with your application)
- Other standard information (president name, advisor name, leadership contact, organization purpose, etc.)
Campus Recreation/ Intramural Sports +
The mission of Campus Recreation is to provide recreational programs and outdoor adventure activities that will enhance students’ social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical and vocational needs. Students have access to Seibert Gym, Bashinsky Field House, Hanna Fitness Center, outdoor complex, fitness programs, club sports, tennis complex and outdoor climbing area.
Whether you are a top-level student-athlete or just like to have fun, Samford has an intramural event designed for you. Students can play in leagues and tournaments for men’s, women’s and corecreational teams. Championship teams receive T-shirts and are eligible to participate in extramural events around the country.
- Flag football
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Texas Hold ’em
- Table tennis