108 graduate from Charleston School of Law

May 13, 2018 – A dozen faculty members of the Charleston School of Law celebrated the kinship between students and professors during the school’s 12th commencement during which 108 students graduated.

“There’s a reason The Princeton Review again ranked our law school as one of the top 10 law schools in the nation for having the best professors and offering a high quality of life for students,” President Ed Bell said.  “It’s because we want you to succeed – from day one three years ago through your entire career forward.

Bell also thanked graduates for their community service in the Charleston area and state over the past three years.  Members of the Class of 2018 performed more than 8,754 hours of pro bono service, an average of more than 100 hours per student.  The school requires 30 hours of service as a graduation requirement.May 2018 graduating class group photo

“Your good work across the Lowcountry and state gets noticed and helps people all over.  Your examples of community service are the living embodiment of our motto, pro bono populi, of giving back to our community,” Bell said.  “Thank you.  We’re proud of all of our graduates and how each of you are continuing to make our school into the kind of educational institution that inspires promising futures.”

Law school Dean Andy Abrams pointed to the new graduates as an outstanding group of students.

“The graduating class of 2018 is a truly extraordinary class,” he said.  “Over the course of their law school careers, they have faced more personal and professional challenges than perhaps any graduating class before them.

“It is a tribute to their character, commitment and courage that they have successfully met all of these challenges head-on, and done so with passion, compassion and grace. We are excited for our graduates and for the people and communities they will serve in the days ahead.”

A dozen professors at the law school spoke for about two minutes each to graduates.

Debra J. Gammons, a distinguished visiting professor of law who runs the school’s Office of Diversity Initiatives, stressed the importance of lawyers doing the right things during their careers: “Fix your thoughts on doing what is right, treating people with respect and taking care of yourself.

Fix your thoughts and your actions on working for equality, fairness, unity. Join me in the fight for equality, fairness and unity.”

“Graduation is not the end, but the beginning of a new relationship with the law school,” Professor of Law Miller W. Shealy Jr., said in a statement.  “Our students are ambassadors for our school, and we are their mentors. The choices we make will reflect on the other forever. May our choices be wise and just, always.”


  • Total graduates: 108 graduates, including 28 from December 2017.
  • Public service. Members of the Class of 2018, including December graduates completed 8,754 hours of pro bono public service as of April 30, 2018.
  • More than 200 years of service.  Since the school started in 2004, Charleston School of Law students have performed 410,747 hours of public service in pro bono projects and externships.  That’s the equivalent of 205 years of service, based on a 2,000-hour work year.
  • School motto.  “Pro bono populi” (For the good of the people.)