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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Incoming law students give back through community service project

With the sound of a whistle from Dean Rob Wilcox, the members of the University of South Carolina School of Law Class of 2021 will head out in the heat to take part in the 10th Annual Incoming Law Student Community Service Project. On Friday, August 24st at 12:30 p.m., these students will be joined by faculty and staff and led by their peer mentors as they strive to make a difference in 14 locations across the Midlands.

While South Carolina Law students regularly volunteer throughout the year with a number of the organization to help address legal issues, for this one afternoon they will not be relying on their professional skills.  Instead they will be making a difference with a totally different set of skills--strong backs and a willingness to get dirty.

During the afternoon, the teams will paint apartments, sort food, pack boxes, landscape, move furniture, reshelve books and a variety of other tasks for non-profit organizations ranging from Harvest Hope Food Bank to SC Legal Services to the Women's Shelter. 

The Incoming Law Student Community Service Project was launched in 2009 as a way to instill in our students a spirit of giving back to the community.  In so doing, each student will have a greater knowledge about the needs of the community and the organizations that work to address those needs.  The service project is a joint effort sponsored by the School of Law Office of Student Affairs, the Pro Bono Program and the Student Bar Association.

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