Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-08-16

First-year students at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law will end a week of orientation Friday, Aug. 17, with sessions dedicated to public interest, pro bono and community service.

During the morning, students will hear from Cumberland dean John Carroll about value-based lawyering as well as speakers on related topics of justice, the Volunteer Lawyers program and service opportunities.

Many of the students will spend the afternoon working on a service project at Children's Village residential facility. The volunteers will paint, clean, organize and complete projects to help the children and staff get a fresh start to the school year.

The 155 entering first-year students, selected from a pool of 1,243 applicants, represent 16 states and 60 undergraduate institutions.

Cumberland classes begin on Aug. 20 for the new students and returning upperclassmen.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.