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.

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.