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 Maymester and summer 2018 sessions, the following new courses are being offered:

698-2 – May I Approach the Bench: How to Properly Present Your Case

2 Credit Hours.

The focus of the course will be to instruct students on proper courtroom etiquette throughout stages of the trial to include Pretrial Motions, Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Closing Statements, Jury Instructions, and Post- Trial Motions. This class will be a combination of skills and coursework to prepare the student to present a case with the proper demeanor in court from “start to finish.” The class will include courtroom observation to provide discussion and thoughtful analysis of the procedures learned in class. This course is Pass/Fail and will satisfy the Skills requirement.

775 – Historic Preservation Law

1 Credit Hour.

An examination of the federal and state laws concerning historic preservation, including tax laws and real estate opportunities (and easements for structures, open areas and historic monuments, locations, and other nationally recognized properties). Additionally reviewed are current developments in historic preservation litigation, recent decisions in the “takings” area and other constitutional developments relating to landmarking of properties, including the complex issue of landmarking historic religious properties.

7970 – Professional Responsibilty

2 Credit Hour.

An introduction to professional responsibility with the following goals: (a) to teach the basic rules and doctrines of professional responsibility that students will need to practice law and to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility examination; (b) to enable students to think critically about what it means to be a professionally responsible lawyer. The course includes a variety of teaching techniques: lecture, discussion of typical MPRE questions, class discussion of realistic problems that lawyers encounter in practice, small group discussion, student presentations, and videos.


8340-S – Summer Externship

4 Credit Hours

Students must complete at least 208 hours of work in the field at the externship placement.  Students are to be in the field each week of the semester, beginning at least the 2nd week of classes and ending the last week of classes.  Onsite hours are to be allocated each week throughout the entire semester and shall not be completed prior to the last week of classes.  Students also participate in approximately eight hours of class during the semester.  Students must have completed thirty (30) credit hours and be in good standing before enrolling in an externship. A student can apply up to six (6) hours of externship credit towards the number of credit hours required for graduation, but typically will not receive credit for the same externship placement twice.

858 – Business and Legal Affairs in the Entertainment Industry: From Development to Distribution

2 Credit Hours.

The course will expose students to the key business and legal principles required to practice law within the entertainment industry. Students will have an opportunity to learn techniques and tactics essential in negotiating the development, financing, production and distribution of content for television. Students will gain practical knowledge of the industry by studying the transactional elements involved in television development and production, from: negotiating underlying rights; developing scripts; licensing content to networks; engaging writers, producers, actors, and directors; facilitating physical production for television; understanding the relevant union issues; marketing and distributing content domestically and internationally; as well as resolving issues pertaining to piracy and infringement. The course will be a hybrid of a traditional law school course, with reading, in-class presentation and a final exam, and a skills-based law school course, with in-class and/or take-home drafting exercises.

902 – Drafting Preliminary Agreements (For Negotiations)

2 Credit Hours.

Preliminary agreements help negotiating parties keep track of where they have been and where they want to go in the contract negotiation process. This course will require the students to participate in a hypothetical negotiation and consider when and how to agree to binding obligations during the negotiation. The students will discuss issues specific to pre-contractual liability and drafting considerations such as the definition of good faith and confidentiality. Students will be asked to represent the opposing parties in the negotiation and draft and evaluate the proposed non-disclosure agreements, letters of intent and memorandum of understanding. The course will not involve substantial legal research, but it will involve substantial writing and editing. Satisfies the Skills or Drafting Requirement

955 – Workplace Privacy: We’ll Be Watching You

2 Credit Hours.

What rights do employees have in the workplace regarding privacy?  Do they have any expectation of privacy?  Can employers monitor an employee’s email accounts, social media accounts, and off duty behavior?  What federal and state laws offer employers guidance?  Is there any analysis that employers can use to determine whether they are utilizing best practices?  Does it matter whether an employer is a public or private employer?  This class will focus on the answers to these questions, enabling students to help HR departments determine legal compliance and assist with policy drafting.

956 – Specialized Legal Research: The Federal Executive Branch

2 Credit Hours.

The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of the sophisticated research skills required for analyzing and creating law in the Executive Branch of our Federal government, covering in greater depth various Federal research topics introduced in the first-year LRAW classes. During the course students will gain strategies for finding and using various legal and interpretive materials produced by the President and government agencies. The course addresses traditional and electronic research methods. Students will be required to complete a series of in-class and out- of -class assignments culminating in a final project where students will research and draft a Federal Regulation. A textbook is not required for this course, instead students will use the 2017 Document Drafting Handbook and Incorporation by Reference Handbook available for free from the National Archives Administration and applicable United States Statues. Satisfies the Skills or Drafting Requirement.

976 – Government and the Legislative Process

2 Credit Hours.

This course will be a project and exam course where teams will build a piece of legislation from the research phase of the idea, to the lobbying phase, to the drafting phase, to the committee debates, to the redrafting and drafting of amendments, and finally to the floor debate where amendments will need to be drafted to satisfy stakeholders and interested House or Senate Members. Each team will be assigned a topic and their responsibility will be to usher the bill from an idea to law. It is possible that one team’s bill will be presented to the General Assembly for actual deliberations and possible vote. Teams will be invited to the capitol to witness deliberations and voting on this bill or others. Satisfies the Skills or Drafting Requirement.

Updated April 4, 2018.


Updated information in the Course Registration and Course Schedule Overview section regarding:

Maymester and Summer Session Credit

The School of Law offers courses for academic credit during Maymester and summer sessions. Students are permitted to take one course during Maymester [two credits], and up to ten credit hours in the summer session; students may not take more than twelve credit hours in a combination of Maymester and summer session courses. For reporting purposes, students are considered to be full-time if they are taking a total of eight credit hours, either in the summer session alone, or in combination with the Maymester session.

Please note: Any student on academic probation during the immediately preceding spring semester will be ineligible to register for any Maymester course. Any student on academic probation during the immediately preceding spring semester will be ineligible to register for any summer course for academic credit.

Updated April 4, 2018.


For the spring 2018 semester, the following new courses were 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.