Samford University


July 4, 2011

Our Story

This summer, fourteen students – thirteen judges from Brazil and one lawyer from Nigeria – have been taking courses in the Master of Comparative Law (MCL) Program at the Cumberland School of Law. Ten MCL students will spend July in England along with ten JD students from the US, studying international and comparative law in Cumberland’s Cambridge study-abroad program. After the MCL students return home, they will use the knowledge and skills they have gained in these courses to work toward completing the other requirement for the MCL degree, a substantial thesis on a comparative law topic. We know of two MCL theses that have been published as books in Brazil. The MCL program has been responsible for building a remarkable breadth and depth of relationships between Samford and Brazil, which is rapidly becoming a major force in the 21st-century world. MCL students regularly extol the benefits they gain from this program, including greater appreciation of the US and our legal system, a richer understanding of their own civil law system from comparing it with the common law system in the US and the UK, and the strong long-term friendships that they forge with US students and faculty. Our students and faculty here gain a corresponding opportunity to interact with the distinguished visitors that the MCL Program brings to our campus from Brazil and elsewhere in the world. Mike Floyd directs the program. 


The world is better because Samford reaches beyond the gates. 


Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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