Published on August 21, 2015  

Cumberland School of Law welcomed 150 new law students to campus for first-year orientation from Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14. 

The orientation week included informational sessions conducted by the Office of Admission, as well as “Called to the Bar” workshops conducted by professors who teach the first-year Lawyering and Legal Reasoning (LLR) course.  On Friday, the first-year class, faculty and staff embarked on group service projects throughout the city for Cumberland School of Law’s annual First-Year Service Day.  The group provided hundreds of volunteer hours in one afternoon to community service projects at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Ronald McDonald House, Easter Seals of Alabama, Pathways Women’s Shelter, Grace House Ministries, Red Mountain Park and Children’s Village.

The students in the class of 2018 hail from 18 states and are graduates of 52 colleges and universities.  The group has a median Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of 151 and a median undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.23.  The median age is 24, and the group is 51% male and 49% female.  The minority percentage is 17.4%, with 9.3% of those students identifying as African American. 

Cumberland School of Law also welcomed six second-year students who transferred from other law schools, two visiting students from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, and one visiting student from NALSAR University in India.

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