Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and Tuskegee University have partnered to offer Tuskegee undergraduates an accelerated bachelor’s to juris doctorate program. The 3+3 partnership allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee and a law degree from Cumberland in six years of study.
“Tuskegee students are very involved in their prelaw program, and it just made sense to institute a formal agreement that substantiates the relationship which already exists,” said Whitney Dachelet, Cumberland School of Law assistant dean for admission and enrollment management.
Currently, Tuskegee juniors who have completed all core and major requirements in political science will be able to use coursework from their first year of law school to fulfill the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
“We noticed that the largest number of Tuskegee students are from Alabama and we also recognized that Cumberland School of Law has a long history of producing a large number of lawyers who practice law in the state,” said Tammy Laughlin, assistant professor of political science and co-adviser of the prelaw program at Tuskegee. “With Cumberland being situated in Birmingham, the largest legal market in Alabama, we have no doubt that this program will prepare our students to become better acquainted with the legal profession.”
Students with a competitive GPA and LSAT scores are eligible to receive a scholarship ranging from 25% to full tuition. In addition, the partnership provides summer coursework and internship opportunities.
Cumberland School of Law also has 3+3 partnerships with Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Montevallo and Troy University.