Cumberland introduces shorter law degree


Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law is now accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester and admitting members of the current junior class.

The law school has implemented an accelerated law program that will allow junior students who have completed three-fourths of their degree to apply to Cumberland and enroll in their fourth year. This will allow the students to complete their undergraduate degree as well as a law degree in six years, instead of the usual seven.

Cumberland’s Dean Judge John Carroll said that the financial benefits make the program so appealing. Tuition for one year is $36,000, making Cumberland one of the least expensive private law schools in the country, he added.

“One of our challenges is to make sure that we afford a high quality legal education but also make it affordable,” Carroll said. “This is a good step and a good way to do that.”

Smith Ann Burley, senior history major, will be applying to Cumberland. Although the changes will not affect her application process, Burley said the program will benefit Samford’s recruitment process.

“It gives a multitude of benefits. The student gets to graduate with an undergraduate degree and also will be able to finish law school earlier,” Burley said. “The student might be able to save money and get into the job market faster than other law students of the same age.”

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