Published on February 19, 2024 by Morgan Black  
Photo of the University of Edinburgh library taken by Tona Hitson.

Samford University Cumberland School of Law will host its inaugural international continuing legal education (CLE) conference, the Art of Advocacy, at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 26-28, 2024.

This one-of-a-kind experience will highlight the law school’s nationally recognized expertise in advocacy (currently #4 in the nation for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report). Rather than traditional CLE lectures, this program will feature experiential sessions devoted to the art of persuasion. Through these focused workshops and presentations, attendees will enhance and hone their advocacy skills. 

Session presenters will include experts from the United States and the United Kingdom who will offer novel approaches to persuasive advocacy. In addition to expanding their global professional network, attendees can integrate these broadened perspectives into their practices, wherever they call home. 

In addition to the conference, participants will have a chance to immerse themselves in Edinburgh’s history and culture. Excursions for international guests  include a choice between a tour of Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of King Charles III and a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia.  Conference attendees from the United Kingdom are invited to purchase a ticket to join us for the opening dinner on June 26 at the Edinburgh Castle with a private tour of the Scottish Crown Jewels. 

The event will offer 12 CLE hours, including one ethics hour, and is approved for credit by the Alabama State Bar and the New York State Bar Association. We will provide you with documentation to seek approval in any other state as well.  

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.