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Charleston School of Law

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the law and to enable them to be effective legal professionals. The program of study reflects the demands of the profession for a meaningful educational experience that incorporates history, technology, ethics and professionalism, and evolving trends and future challenges. The educational curriculum is designed to qualify graduates for admission to the South Carolina Bar and other states as well as to prepare them to participate effectively and responsibly in the legal profession. Development of problem solving skills, research skills, efficiency, consistency, competency, and professionalism are primary objectives of the Charleston curriculum.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 631
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 154
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.94 - 3.43
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 73.81%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 74.2%
Tuition $37,874

Overview

Overview

About Charleston School of Law

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the law and to enable them to be effective legal professionals. The program of study reflects the demands of the profession for a meaningful educational experience that incorporates history, technology, ethics and professionalism, and evolving trends and future challenges. The educational curriculum is designed to qualify graduates for admission to the South Carolina Bar and other states as well as to prepare them to participate effectively and responsibly in the legal profession. Development of problem solving skills, research skills, efficiency, consistency, competency, and professionalism are primary objectives of the Charleston curriculum.

Reviews

Charleston School of Law is one of the South’s premiere legal programs. Armed with a “challenging curriculum” and “emphasis on practical skills,” the university has man­aged to attract “some of the biggest legal influences in the state of South Carolina.” Students greatly benefit from studying with professors who have incredibly diverse professional backgrounds including “retired Deans from top law schools, district attor­neys, former partners and associates in ‘Big Law’ firms in large cities, and some of the top local attorneys in South Carolina.” Not surprisingly, these professors “do a great job of bringing practical and “real life” issues to the classroom.” And while teachers here certainly “keep you on your toes in class with the Socratic method,” students can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they “[won’t] belittle you.”In addition to their impressive credentials and towering intellect, it’s obvious that professors at Charleston “truly care about their students.” Importantly, they “do an excellent job in making themselves available outside of the classroom.” A first-year student elaborates, “The faculty employ an open door policy in which students can come to their office hours to get help if they are falling behind or simply to clarify a minor topic. The professors actually get upset if students don’t come and take advantage of their openness. They don’t try and hide the ball from you and want their students to be the best lawyers they can be.”This friendliness and accessibility also extends to the administration. The deans, who “are a pleasure to work with,” really “take the time to get to know the students person­ally.” They “portray a positive attitude at all times and are dedicated to making the school the best it can be.” A second-year wholeheartedly supports this notion exclaim­ing, “A large majority of the administrators know my name and year before I walk through the door, and everyone works hard to cultivate a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere.”Charleston’s infrastructure and amenities do leave a little bit to be desired. As a third-year student admonishes, “Facilities need upgrading, for a more professional experi­ence/appearance.” A first-year student quickly adds, “The library is small and lacks the print resources of some other law schools.” Of course, a more understanding peer counters, “… With today’s growing dependency on technology and the increasing avail­ability of online material, I don’t find these issues to be a problem. I always have a quiet seat in the library when I go to study and enough room in my classes to comfortably take notes and follow along.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 224

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./M.B.A. dual degree with the College of Charleston - can be completed in 3.5 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 73
Full-Time Faculty 32
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 33
Faculty Gender 53% Male
46% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 87%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,874 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $37,874 $37,874

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$47,773 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Charleston School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 155
LSAT Part-Time 146 - 149
LSAT Total 149 - 154

Charleston School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.96 - 3.43
Part-Time 2.59 - 3.5
Total 2.94 - 3.43

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Work Experience, Personal Essay, Resume, Standardized Test Scores, State Residency, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Interview

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 88%
First Time Pass Rate 74%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 77%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 74%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 68 40%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 30 18%
Government 15 9%
Public Interest 6 4%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 16 9%
Academia 2 1%
Unknown Employer Type 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 41 18%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 9 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
VA 4%
NC 5%
SC 80%

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