Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-02-28

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law has been ranked by the National Law Journal as one of the top schools sending first-year associates to the nation’s largest law firms in its annual list of “Go-To Law Schools.”

Samford ranked 45th on the list, based on the percentage of its 2011 graduates who were hired as first-year associates by the 250 National Law Journal firms. The University of Alabama, at number 46, was the only other Alabama school ranked. The University of Pennsylvania ranked first.

Eleven of Cumberland’s 157 graduates in 2011 were hired by the top firms.

“We are honored to be included in the National Law Journal’s Top 50 list of Go-To Law Schools,” said Cumberland Dean John L. Carroll. “Inclusion in the list speaks volumes about the quality of our students and faculty and the depth of the education that Cumberland provides.”

National Law Journal 


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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.