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Cumberland School of Law Graduates Obtain Judicial Clerkships
Members of the Cumberland School of Law Class of 2024 have plans to work in large and small law firms, corporate offices, and district attorneys’ and public defenders’ offices, among other employers. Several graduates will begin their legal careers by serving as law clerks for federal and state court judges.
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Scholars of Merit Announced for Spring 2024 Term
The following Cumberland School of Law students qualified as Scholars of Merit for the spring 2024 term.
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Dean's List Announced for Spring 2024
Cumberland School of Law announces the spring 2024 Dean's List.
 
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Cumberland School of Law Celebrates Employment Rate for 2023 Class
AtCumberland School of Law had a class of 137 Juris Doctor graduates in 2023. Among those not pursuing a Master of Law (LLM) degree, an impressive 91.79% found employment within 10 months of graduation, indicating a robust employment rate.
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Reflections on Another Successful Year of Excellence in Advocacy Training
Cumberland School of Law consistently excels in regional and national legal skills competitions, maintaining a remarkable performance record. Renowned as one of the nation's most accomplished law schools for trial advocacy, Cumberland School of Law students also regularly excel in other areas of advocacy
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Alumnus and Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Shares Career Lessons with Cumberland School of Law Class of 2024
Evan Jenkins, a 1987 graduate of Samford University Cumberland School of Law, addressed the class of 2024 during their commencement ceremony held April 27. The class includes 153 Juris Doctor and three Master of Studies in Law graduates.
 
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Helping Heroes: C-VETS Clinic Serves More Than 600 U.S. Veterans Since Inception
Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (C-VETS), which was founded in the fall of 2020, provides free legal assistance to veterans and their families across the state of Alabama. Since its inception, 62 volunteer law students have served more than 600 veterans, including 239 in the 2023-24 year alone.
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Cumberland School of Law Has Largest Climb Among Law Schools in U.S. News & World Report Rankings, Remains Top 10 for Trial Advocacy
As part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Law School rankings released Tuesday, April 9, Samford University Cumberland School of Law has been ranked #103 (tie) in the nation, climbing 28 spots. This climb was the largest of any law school in the nation, tied with only one other school. Additionally, Cumberland School of Law retains its top 10 position for trial advocacy training, ranking #6 in the nation in this category.
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Former U.S. Ambassador Skip Gnehm Discusses “The Middle East Cauldron and the U.S.” During the 2024 Cordell Hull Speakers Forum
Samford University Cumberland School of Law hosted its annual Cordell Hull Speakers Forum on April 2, 2024. The Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, established in 1974, stands as a testament to the Cumberland School of Law's commitment to intellectual inquiry and engagement with pressing legal and global issues.
 
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Cumberland School of Law Achieves Rare Double Regional Competition Sweep, Prepares for Prestigious National Trial Competitions
Recently, Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s National Trial Teams completed a rare double sweep of the regional championships for the National Trial Competition and the American Association of Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The two teams will represent Cumberland School of Law at the national competitions for each respective tournament the first week of April.
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Cumberland School of Law Announces Faculty and Staff Award Recipients for 2023-24
Each year, Samford University Cumberland School of Law announces faculty and staff award recipients. The below faculty and staff members were honored with these awards for their work during the 2023-24 school year.
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Cumberland School of Law Educational Symposium Amplifies Trafficking Survivor’s Story
In March, Samford University Cumberland School of Law hosted its second annual educational symposium aimed at leveraging faculty expertise in various legal areas. The school’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) department, the Center for Children, Law and Ethics and Samford’s International Justice Mission hosted a four-hour CLE seminar focused on the critical issue of child trafficking and featured Carissa Phelps, attorney and nationally recognized anti-human trafficking advocate.
 
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Neill Participates in National Opinion Writing Conference, Prepares for Judicial Clerkship
Taylor Neill, a third-year Samford University Cumberland School of Law student, recently participated in the fourth annual Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference hosted by the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. Neill was one of 36 participants from across the country selected to attend the prestigious conference, all of whom have accepted judicial clerkships during the 2024-25 term.
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Cumberland School of Law Sweeps AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition Regionals for Second Consecutive Year
Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s national trial teams swept the Southeast Two Region of the American Association of Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition (AAJ STAC), March 8-10. Both teams won their final rounds and will advance to the national tournament in Chicago, April 4-7.
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Samford Legal Compliance Programs Listed Among Top in the Nation by Princeton Review and Above the Law
Samford University Cumberland School of Law was recently listed on Above the Law’s Best Online Master of Studies in Law School Programs and on Princeton Review’s Best Online Master of Studies in Law Programs for 2024.
 
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Cumberland School of Law’s Online Master’s Programs Position Students for Compliance-Related Career
In 2024, U.S. News & World Report ranks compliance officer as the #13 best business job. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 4.6% increase in job openings for compliance offers through 2032, equaling more than 17,000 jobs.
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Cumberland School of Law National Trial Team Excels in Inaugural Online National Championship
Six members of Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s National Trial Team competed in the inaugural Online National Championship, Feb. 23-25. All three of the law school’s teams were recognized and one team advanced to the semifinal round. Three of the students received a Best Advocate Award.
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The Legacy of Samford’s Ladies: Women’s History in the Archives
The university has watched the history of women in Alabama unfold from the ratification of the 19th Amendment, civil rights, shifting workplace dynamics, notable missionaries, authors, government leaders, and much more.