Samford's Cumberland Law Offers Online Master's Degrees For Lawyers and Non-Lawyers

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law is now accepting applications for two new online graduate programs—a Master of Laws (LL.M.) for lawyers, and a Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) for non-lawyers.

Admission to the Master of Laws program is open to individuals who have already earned a Juris Doctor degree. A joint-degree option for current Cumberland students pursuing their J.D. is also available.

The graduate degrees are designed to prepare students for roles in compliance, regulatory affairs and more, according to a Cumberland Law school press release. The 30-credit-hour LL.M. curriculum can be completed in 24 months, with students taking one class per term for the first fall and spring, followed by two courses per term for each term thereafter. 

“The LL.M. program is designed for lawyers interested in pursuing a graduate degree that complements their current practice or opens doors to a new area of practice," said Laura Tomlin, director of graduate and professional programs at Cumberland Law.  “The first cohort will begin in fall 2018,” Tomlin added. 

The law school is offering four LL.M. concentrations: financial services regulatory compliance, health law and policy, higher education law and compliance, and legal project management. 

Cumberland Law Dean Henry C. Strickland said the “LL.M. program will provide lawyers with the specialized expertise and practice-ready skills to excel in fast growing areas of the law.” 

Students who have not earned a J.D. may choose to pursue one of these concentrations through the M.S.L. degree. The program is a 36-hour master's degree program designed for non-lawyers who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree that will position them for advancement in their current field. 

Faculty members for the online graduate programs are industry experts, practicing attorneys, Cumberland Law faculty and Samford faculty from other disciplines. The curriculum for both programs focuses on foundational and specialized knowledge as well as real-world, practical skills that can be applied in the workplace.

Although the programs are online, students must attend an on-campus orientation which will take place Aug. 10 and 11.  According to Tomlin, this on-campus event “affords students the opportunity to connect with their peers, professors and advisory board members, facilitating better communication and networking throughout the duration of the programs.” 

The application deadline for admission into either program for the fall 2018 academic semester is June 1.  Fall classes begin Aug. 27.