Samford University


August 6, 2012

Our Story

With the economic difficulties of recent years and the troubling employment picture for many young attorneys, law schools across the country are under great scrutiny.  It is common to encounter news stories and op-ed pieces built around the central question of whether or not a law degree is worth the investment.  One of the key assessment measures for the nation's 195 accredited law schools is the percentage of graduates "employed in full-time, long-term jobs requiring a law degree." The most recent data applies to the Class of 2011, and the national average for all accredited law schools was 55.22 percent.  The Cumberland School of Law posted an average of 65.54 percent, more than 10 points above the national average and in the top quartile of rates in the United States. Do we wish the placement rates could be higher?  Yes.  Are we impressed with the quality of our graduates and the depth of their preparation? Yes.


 The world is better because Samford graduates persevere.

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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