Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-08-04

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law will welcome a class of 180 first-year students for orientation week Aug. 9-14.  The students hail from 17 states and are graduates of 66 universities.  Their average age is 24 and a few are Iraq war veterans.

Following an orientation picnic Sunday, Aug. 9, the class will hear from Cumberland administrators and faculty Monday, Aug. 10, on the law school's history, how best to approach legal studies and opportunities that await them in law practice.

Birmingham attorney Lenora W. Pate of the Sirote and Permutt law firm will speak at Monday's orientation luncheon.  She is president of the Cumberland National Alumni Association.

Students will spend Tuesday-through-Thursday, Aug. 11-13, meeting in small sessions learning how to analyze cases for class assignments.

Friday, Aug. 14, is Public Interest Day, when students learn about value-based lawyering and public interest programs at Cumberland.  The day concludes with volunteer projects at Glenwood Autism Center and Kings Ranch/Hannah Home.

Law school classes begin Monday, Aug. 17.

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.