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Experiential Courses Requirement

Experiential Courses Requirement

Pursuant to ABA Standards, students are required to take at least six credit hours in experiential courses.  Under Charleston School of Law standards, students who entered in 2014 and thereafter, satisfy this standard through:

  • The Skills Requirement;
  • The Drafting Requirement; and,
  • The Critical Practice Skills Requirement.
  1. Skills Requirement.  Students are required to successfully complete at least one [2 or 3-credit] skills course as a requirement for graduation.  Courses which fulfill this requirement are designated in the course descriptions.[1]
  2. Drafting Course Requirement. Students are required to successfully complete at least one [2 or 3 credit] designated “drafting” course as a requirement for graduation.  A course will be designated as satisfying the “drafting” requirement only where the primary course objective is instruction in successfully drafting legal documents.  Courses satisfying this requirement will be so noted in the registration materials for the particular semester or session.  Students may choose which drafting course in which to enroll, but may not “double-dip” by taking one course to satisfy both the Skills and the Drafting Requirements. 
  3. Critical Practice Skills Requirement. Students are also required to successfully complete each module of the Critical Practice Skills Series.  This requirement consists of three one-credit hour modules in which students will be exposed to the professional skills and values important to the successful practice of law.  The grade for each one hour of credit is based on the completion of simulated legal exercises and attendance at lectures.  In addition to the specific topics covered in each module, the lectures and breakout sessions will also cover professionalism and professional values, as well as fundamental lawyering skills such as listening, understanding legal and ethical dilemmas, interviewing, legal analysis and reasoning, organization and management of legal work, and legal research and writing.  Each module is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Please note: Students are required to take the Critical Practice Skills modules when they are scheduled.

[1] When designated as an option in the course registration materials for any given semester, students may take a skills course to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement; however, students may not use the same course to satisfy both the Skills Requirement and the Upper Level Writing Requirement.