Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Students are responsible for becoming familiar with the information presented in the Charleston School of Law Academic Catalog and Student Handbook and for knowing and observing all policies and procedures therein.

The 2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook can be downloaded here.

Catalog Addendum

The updates listed in this addendum apply to the 2017-2018 Charleston School of Law Academic Catalog and Student Handbook. This catalog addendum contains new and updated information, as well as corrections of errors in the original catalog.


For the spring 2018 semester, the following new courses are being offered:

580 - Nonprofit Organizations

3 Credit Hours.

This course equips students to understand the legal nature, governance, and operational aspects of nonprofit organizations, which comprise a significant portion of society. Topics addressed will include the various types of nonprofits available, underlying policy rationales for tax exemption, interaction with for-profit companies, federal and state tax exemption laws, constitutional aspects of tax exemption, governance responsibilities, special issues affecting membership and religious organizations, and other emerging trends affecting philanthropic activities. This course is relevant for law students interested in representing nonprofits, serving on nonprofit boards, or developing their corporate and tax knowledge.

703 - Principles of the Law of Policing

2 Credit Hours.

This seminar course will examine the overarching principles of policing in modern times, discussing among other topics the general principles of search and seizure law, the use of force, principles of evidence gathering, and the use of technology in law enforcement such as body and vehicle cameras as well as others. The course will also examine mechanisms of accountability for police misconduct as well as possible remedies. Criminal Procedure is a pre-requisite but students can also take it concurrently with this course. Paper. Students who have completed 30 credit hours my use this class to satisfy their Upper-Level Writing requirement.

798 - Trademark Law

3 Credit Hours.

This is the introductory course in the law of trademark. This course covers the law that governs how a distinctive marketplace identity can be legally protected. It will focus on the creation, maintenance, and enforcement of exclusive rights in trademark. Topics include: federal and state protection of trademarks, the common law of unfair competition, the federal remedy for unfair competition under section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, coverage of internet-related and international treaties relating to trademarks.

861 - Principles of Payment Systems

2 Credit Hours.

A detailed study of negotiable instruments, bank collections and deposits, and fund transfers under Articles 3, 4, and 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code.

886 - International Business Transactions: Fundamental Principles

2 Credit Hours.

This course addresses U. S. domestic, foreign and international law applicable to private cross-border transactions. These will include the sale of goods, cross-border distribution, cross-border technology licensing, formation of foreign branches and subsidiaries, and cross-border joint ventures and acquisitions. This course benefits those who wish to practice business law, since the course introduces students to the range of transactional issues business lawyers handle.

Updated February 1, 2018.


Updated information in the Financial Aid Information section regarding:

Study Abroad/Visiting Opportunities

Charleston School of Law Students who gain approval to transfer study abroad credits towards their degree program may be able to borrow federal loans through a consortium agreement to help pay for their study abroad expenses and provide living expenses as determined by the “host” law school. Not all programs of study are deemed eligible for financial aid. If a student chooses to participate in more than two study/visiting away opportunities, the student may not be awarded financial aid for the additional programs of study. Documentation related to the program of study such as dates of the program, length of the program and hours of enrollment along with a Study Away Request for Aid Form must be submitted to the Director of Financial Aid for review of eligibility. If the program is deemed eligible, the student must obtain academic approval as well as complete all other steps of the financial aid process (FAFSA, loan request forms, etc.) before a consortium agreement will be sent to the host institution’s Office of Financial Aid. Students interested should contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information about eligibility and the process.

Cost of Attendance

A student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the student’s educational expenses for a period of enrollment. Federal regulations specifies the types of costs that are included in the cost of attendance and is generally tuition and fees and an allowance for room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Miscellaneous expenses such as car payments and personal debt, including credit cards, are not included and cannot be taken into consideration. Allowances for a laptop and/or printer, daycare expenses, etc. are not included in the COA but may be considered. Students may submit a request for a COA increase if they have purchased a laptop and/or printer for school (one-time allowance), have daycare expenses during classes, or have expenses associated with a disability during the current enrollment term and academic year. Students should submit the Request for Budget Increase Form (available on the CSOL website) along with receipts or documentation to the Office of Financial Aid for consideration during the term the expense occurs. If the budget increase request exceeds the average amount of similar requests, an additional review will be required and conducted by the Director of Financial Aid and the Dean of Admission. As a result of the review, the request may be adjusted or denied. Approval of the request would increase the student’s COA and should allow for an increase in the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan or private loan to assist with those expenses provided all other eligibility and disbursement rules are met. The maximum amount that a student’s budget can be increased for computer and printer expenses is $2,000.

Updated February 1, 2018.