Published on February 1, 2023 by Morgan Black  
QualityofLife 2023

The Princeton Review, known for its education services and school rankings in dozens of categories, has released its list of the Best Law Schools for 2023. Samford University Cumberland School of Law is included in their unranked list of the top 168 law schools in the country. Additionally, Cumberland School of Law ranked in the top 10 in the nation in two specialized categories: 6th for Best Quality of Life and 7th for Greatest Resources for Women

The Princeton Review’s ranking lists are based on data from surveys of 17,000 law students in the United States and of law school administrators. 

Cumberland School of Law has ranked in the top 10 in the Best Quality of Life category four out of the last five years. This ranking is based on students' answers to questions about the school’s community, location, quality of social life and research resources. 

Student survey comments about Cumberland School of Law’s quality of life say, “’There is a friendliness and warmth that you just won’t find at other schools’; ‘We interact with each other like friendly colleagues, we compete with each other like sibling rivals, and we support each other through the trials of life and death like family’; and ‘The school creates a work hard culture but constantly has entertaining social events.’” 

Blake Hudson, who has been dean at Cumberland School of Law since July 1, 2022, said, "Cumberland’s continued presence in the top 10 Best Quality of Life ranking is no surprise now that I have been here for a semester. During my short time here, I have been struck at just how much the students genuinely care for each other, and the closeness between the faculty, staff, and students. It really does feel like a family and we are making intentional efforts to keep it that way!”

For the second year in a row, Cumberland School of Law has ranked in the top 10 for Greatest Resources for Women category. This list is based on the percent of the student body that are women and student survey responses to a question on whether all students are afforded equal treatment by students and faculty regardless of their gender. 

“At Cumberland, we work very hard to provide a comfortable atmosphere where students can learn and produce at their highest level,” said Whitney Dachelet, assistant dean for admission and enrollment management. “The Princeton Review’s acknowledgement of this effort is appreciated and drives us to continue moving forward.” 

Hudson added, “We are keenly aware of the challenges faced by women in the workplace and in education, from disparities in pay to outright discrimination. We strive to be a place where everyone’s worth is valued equally and are proud to provide resources to help our female students achieve their full potential.”

Learn more about the rankings and the methodology behind the lists.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.