Learning Curriculum is an innovative complement to
the traditional course offerings provided by the Cumberland School
of Law of Samford University. Each of these Courses is uniquely
designed as a self-contained, fully interactive law school class
that is taught entirely on-line by one of Cumberland's regular faculty.
Rather than use a model limited to video lectures in combination
with readings and other static exercises, each of the Courses in
Cumberland's On-Line Learning Curriculum is structured so as to
"actively" engage each student in the learning experience
by requiring interaction with the course professor as well as with
other students in the course through a series of both synchronous
( "real time") and asynchronous activites. Moreover, students
in every On-Line Learning Course at Cumberland are also provided
individualized, personal feedback as they progress through the various
Course Lesson modules.
||Although Cumberland's On-Line Learning
Curriculum does provide an instructional environment that incorporates
many educationally beneficial aspects of the traditional "Socratic-style"
law classroom, by their very nature on-line law courses are also,
at least in some important respects, quite different from traditional
face-to-face law courses. As a result, these innovative courses
often do present some rather unique new learning challenges to students.
In addition to requiring at least some minimal proficiency in a
variety of basic computer skills, on-line courses may not be well
suited to individual students who are not otherwise self-disciplined,
or to those students who have difficulty with time management, or
to students who do not have good basic study habits. Therefore,
students are strongly encouraged to evaluate their overall study
habits carefully before enrolling in any course that is presented
entirely on-line. Most of the Courses available through Cumberland's
On-Line Learning Curriculum also include at least one "Sample"
Lesson module. Any student who might be considering enrolling in
one of Cumberland's On-Line Courses is strongly encouraged to work
through a "Sample" Lesson first.
School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the
country. Founded originally by Judge Abraham Caruthers, who met with
Cumberlandís first seven students in his brotherís law office in Lebanon,
Tennessee on October 1, 1847, Professor Caruthers took that first
lesson from a slim book he had just written entitled, History
of a Lawsuit, outlining the procedure for bringing a lawsuit.
For more than 100 years thereafter, every entering class began with
Caruthers' textbook, which eventually grew to more than 600 pages
and eight editions.
Though the casebooks and teaching methods
and even the physical location of the law school itself have changed
with the times, Cumberland School of Law, a part of Samford University
in Birmingham, Alabama, since 1965, still provides all of its students
with a thorough grounding in basic lawyering skills as an important
cornerstone of the Cumberland curriculum. Continuing in its distinguished
tradition of legal education, Cumberland's On-Line
Learning Curriculum remains committed to providing
outstanding legal instruction by utilizing the electronic tools
and resources now available to train students situated outside the
traditional law classroom.
University. Founded in 1841, Samford University is
the largest independently supported university in the state of Alabama.
Our serene suburban campus, with its rolling hills and stately Georgian
Colonial architecture, provides the ideal college environment. But
Samford is only minutes away from Birmingham, a diverse metropolitan
area of 1 million people--a city rich in culture, history and spirit.
Cumberland School of Law is one of eight different schools at Samford
University, which offers an outstanding education in 26 degree programs.