Samford Law School

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Cumberland School of Law is an ABA accredited law school and one of the oldest law schools in the United States. It is currently located in Birmingham, Alabama. The school has the distinction of having trained two United States Supreme Court Justices, placing it just behind Harvard, Yale and Columbia in that respect. It has also trained Cordell Hull who is considered to have been the father of the United Nations and numerous U.S. Representatives, Senators and judges. The school is well known for its emphasis on Trial Advocacy and the 2006 Princeton Review ranked the school 6th in its "Professors Rock (Legally Speaking)" category and 7th in its "Best Quality of Life" category.

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Samford Law School Admissions

Samford Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 66% of its applicants. Comparatively, Samford is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 659 429 (65.10%) 150 (22.8%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.98 3.23 3.53
LSAT 148 151 153

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $37,096 $37,096
Part Time $21,889 $21,889

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $17,311
  • Living at home: N/A

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 05/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Samford Law School Community

Samford Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Samford is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 21
  • Part Time: 31


  • # Female Faculty: 21
  • # Minority Faculty: 10


21.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Samford Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Samford Law School 1L section size is 4% larger than law schools in Alabama and 30% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Samford Law School: 112
Alabama Average: 108
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 450
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 0

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 55
  • Law Journals: 74
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 7.6%
  • Second Year: 0.7%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Samford Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Samford Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 81% with 5% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 81.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 55.0%
  • Business: 24.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • Alabama: 58%
  • Georgia: 12%
  • Tennessee: 9%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 81.3%
  • First Time Takers: 123
  • Average School: 83.0%
  • Average State: 87.1%
  • Pass Difference: -4.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Alabama: 88.5%
  • Passed: 70 of 83 (84.3%)
  • State Average: 87.1%
  • Difference: -4.1%