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Class of 2012 volunteers at Habitat for Humanity site as part of orientation

The Wake Forest University School of Law’s Class of 2012 arrived on Friday, Aug. 14, for orientation and the beginning of classes.

The class is made up of 150 students, who were chosen from a pool of 2,774 applicants. The average age is 24 and 23 percent of the incoming class are minorities, while 44 percent are women. The students come from 32 states and 94 different colleges and universities.

As part of their orientation activities, students volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity building site in Winston-Salem. The entering law school class has been volunteering with Habitat for the past decade.

Rachel White (’12) was among the more than 100 students, faculty and staff that braved the soaring temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday to help install flooring on a group of Habitat for Humanity homes located at 14th and Cherry streets, about three miles from campus. Each of the incoming class sections, which are made up of about 40, students volunteered for three-hour shifts.

“My undergraduate degree is in social work, so this is my passion,” White explained as she pounded a nail to secure the subflooring. “This also allows you to get to know people in your section and builds teamwork.”

My undergraduate degree is in social work, so this is my passion. This also allows you to get to know people in your section and builds teamwork.

Tony Hawkins, a Habitat for Humanity construction assistant volunteer leader, worked with the students both days. “The law school students are welcome to come out anytime,” he said.

The law school wants to instill the importance of giving back to the community from the very beginning of the students’ law career, according to Ann Gibbs, associate dean for administrative and student services.

“We want the students to know that we take this part of their experience just as seriously as their academics,” she said. “It’s also a good team building exercise for the students and it lets us get to know them and them get to know us.”