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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.