The Cumberland Law Review is a law review published by the students at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.
Founded in 1970, the Review publishes two issues a year, with each issue averaging between 150 and 200 pages. Each issue consists of any combination of tributes, articles, essays, notes, and comments. Generally, an issue includes at least one article, note and comment. Occasionally a part of an issue or an entire issue is devoted to a single topic. In 2016, for instance, the Review published a symposium on Harper Lee's books "Go Set a Watchman" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
The Review also hosts an annual symposium where The Review hosts speakers on topics of interest and importance to the practicing bar. On November 17, 2016, The Review successfully hosted its symposium, Alcohol in Alabama. The event was held at Cahaba Brewing Company in Birmingham, and featured speakers on the topics of Dram Shop Act liability, DUI, and alcohol regulation.
Members of the Review staff are selected by write-on and bluebook examination from the top 15 percent of the freshman class. The process for selection is known as the Candidates Program. The first phase is the bluebook examination. If the student achieves an acceptable score the student may then participate in the Candidates Writing Competition. The student must draft a casenote and submit it to the board for review. A student must successfully complete both phases to earn a membership on the Law Review. Members perform cite checks, must attend mandatory meetings, and later draft a Comment of publishable quality.