Female student in mock trial

Samford has an excellent record of sending graduates to the nation’s best law schools, including our own Cumberland School of Law, and our well-designed prelaw opportunities play an important role in that success. Law schools attended by recent graduates include Belmont, Emory, Georgetown, Mississippi College, UCLA, Vanderbilt, William and Mary, and Yale, as well as the universities of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Miami, and Virginia.

在Samford的法律预科机会将帮助你在申请和找到合适的法学院方面做出最佳选择. If you are serious about a career in the law, take advantage of these opportunities. Attend our meetings, join the prelaw society, pursue an internship, take law-related classes, visit with Cumberland faculty and students, and participate in extracurricular activities such as mock trial, debate, and Model United Nations. Moreover, you may also enroll in one of our law-related undergraduate programs, such as the Cumberland Prelaw Scholars Program; the Law, Politics and Society Interdisciplinary major; or the History Major with a Concentration in Legal Studies.

Whichever path is right for you, our programs will help you to prepare for the rigors and challenges of law school.

Prelaw Advisor

Dr. Marissa Grayson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is the university-wide prelaw advisor. For first-year students who have not declared a major, Dr. Grayson serves as the student’s primary advisor, 帮助新生辨别最符合他们兴趣的专业,为他们接受法律教育做好准备. Once students have selected a major, Dr. Grayson serves as a mentor, 安排专业发展机会,透过课程及课外选择,指导预科学生. 指导经验的一个关键组成部分是fou210(职业探索:法律)专门的法律预科部分,由Dr. Grayson every spring. 这门一学分的课程是为下一个秋季学期申请法学院的学生开设的. 除了涵盖有关申请程序和准备LSAT的重要材料, the course helps students to write a personal statement, perfect a résumé, request letters of recommendation, and explore financial aid for law school. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Grayson, please contact her at mgrayson@nicemoz.com

Choosing a Major

葡京app下载遵循美国律师协会(American Bar Association)的建议,鼓励学生选择严格的本科专业,辅以培养核心技能和价值观的课程,为良好的法律教育做准备. To that end, the university does not recommend any particular major for its prelaw students; instead, we focus on skill development, practical experience, and vocational discernment.

Regardless of major, students should strive to develop the following ABA recommended core skills and values:

  • Analytic/Problem-Solving Skills
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing Skills
  • Oral Communication/Listening Abilities
  • General Research Skills
  • Task Organization/Management Skills
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice

In addition to these fundamental skills and values, 所有法律预科学生都应该参加美国律师协会推荐的培养以下学科能力的课程:

  • A broad understanding of history, including the various factors (social, political, economic, and cultural) that have influenced the development of our society.
  • 对政治思想和当代美国政治制度有基本的了解.
  • Some basic mathematical and financial skills, 比如了解微积分基础数学和分析金融数据的能力.
  • A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction.
  • An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world.

You are encouraged to read more about “Preparing for Law School” on the American Bar Association’s website

3+3 Accelerated Law Degree Program

葡京会官方app下载和它的坎伯兰法学院设立了一个法律学位加速课程,让葡京会官方app下载的学生在六年内获得文学或科学学士学位和法律学位(JD),而不是通常的7年.

When

葡京会官方app下载的学生如果完成学士学位课程的四分之三,就可以被坎伯兰大学录取. After successful completion of the first year of law classes, the student would be awarded a bachelor's degree in his or her undergraduate major.

How

如果想要获得法学专业加速学位,则可以通过普通的法学院申请程序. 一般来说,学生的法学院入学考试(LSAT)成绩应该等于或高于申请前秋季入学的法学院班级的LSAT中位数, and should have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.

What if I change my mind?

学生将在法学院的第一年完成30学分的标准法律课程, with some work counting toward their undergraduate major and other work as upper level electives. If a student chooses to drop out of Cumberland prior to completion of the first year, any successfully completed law courses would apply toward a bachelor's degree.

Cost

Students will be charged law tuition rates for their fourth year at Samford. 持有四年学费奖学金的葡京app下载学生可以将奖学金申请到第四年的学费. Additionally, because students in the law program are classified as graduate students, they would be eligible for greater federal aid and higher loan limits.

Interested in learning more about the 3+3 Accelerated Law Degree Program? 请与你的主要导师会面,以确保你能够顺利完成3+3项目的要求. You are also encouraged to meet with Dr. 请致电800-888-7213或发邮件至lawadm@samford联系葡京会官方app下载坎伯兰法学院的法律招生办公室.edu.

Law, Politics & Society Interdisciplinary Major

Law, Politics and Society, 与大学各院系合作开设的跨学科专业, combines knowledge from the worlds of law, politics, and a wide variety of other areas. It focuses on the role of law in local, national, and international society, 专为有兴趣学习法律并在法律相关领域寻求职业生涯的学生而设.

In addition to the general history major, a concentration in legal studies is available. In partnership with the Cumberland School of Law, 这一集中将帮助学生发展重要的技能和价值观,为法律教育和随后的职业生涯提供良好的基础. 专攻法律研究的历史专业学生也将专注于使学生从法律教育中受益的能力最大化的知识. These areas of humanities-based study, as recommended by the American Bar Association (ABA), include: A broad understanding of history, a fundamental understanding of politics, a basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction, and an understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world. Students will work with an advisor in the Department of History to select general education, major courses, and electives which will prepare them to benefit fully from a challenging legal education. 学生需要完成法律研究实习(HIST 471),并参加历史系的法律指导计划. In particular, 坎伯兰法学院强烈鼓励准备参加3+3项目的历史学生专注于法律研究.

Samford Mock Trial

As a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), 葡京app下载模拟审判队在国家和地区的模拟审判中与来自其他大学的球队比赛. 模拟审判给学生提供了一个培养批判性思维和公共演讲技能的机会, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures. Competitors also cultivate valuable advocacy skills, such as constructing opening and closing arguments, employing rules of evidence, and preparing witnesses for direct and cross examinations. The Cumberland School of Law is home to one of the nation’s premiere Trial Advocacy programs, and the pre-law Mock Trial Team, which is coached by two mock trial veterans who are practicing attorneys, seeks to uphold this tradition of excellence.

As a mock trial competitor, 我学会了如何将不同来源的细节结合在一起,创造一个有凝聚力的故事,并批判性地思考不同事实的重要性, 在法律和政治技能的工作. 我公共演讲技能的发展让我在课堂上和面试中更加自信.
--Amanda Gargus, Georgetown Law School, Samford Graduate 2013

Interested in joining Samford’s Mock Trial Team? Contact Pre-Law Advisor and Mock Trial Faculty Advisor, Dr. Marissa Grayson

Students and Mock Trial

Students and Mock Trial

Students and Mock Trial

LSAT and Prep Courses

Samford University does not offer LSAT prep courses but Dr. Grayson can help advise students about opportunities to prepare for the LSAT. Below are a list of resources students may find helpful:

  • Blueprint LSAT Prep - Blueprint provides online and LSAT prep courses.
  • Kaplan Test Prep - The Kaplan Home Page provides aid for taking the LSAT and other graduate school options.
  • Law School Admission Council - Register here to get information about the LSAT, prep tools, free practice tests, and other relevant information for prospective students.
  • Maynard Cooper & 盖尔少数民族葡京app下载LSAT预备课程-该律师事务所为积极上进的少数民族本科生提供全面的LSAT预备课程. Application is typically available in the winter and due in early spring. [link broken as of 11/30/2020]
  • Princeton - This site includes Princeton Review material designed to aid in studying for the LSAT.
  • TestMasters LSAT Prep - TestMasters provides online and live LSAT prep courses.

Pre-Law Society

葡京app下载法学预科协会的目标是通过促进对法律和法律程序的认识,建立一个对法律职业感兴趣的学生和教师的社区. 该协会将努力帮助学生准备进入正式的法律教育,提供学术进步的机会,同时促进社会发展. In order to assist the development of exceptional attorneys, the Samford Pre-law Society will encourage fellowship among students, faculty, and local members of the legal profession.