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.