Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

2018-2019 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 2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook can be downloaded here.

Catalog Addendum

The updates and additions listed in this addendum apply to the 2018-2019 Charleston School of Law Academic Catalog and Student Handbook:

Additions:

Information about Maymester and Summer Sessions 2019 can be found here.

Update:

Updated information in the Financial Aid section regarding:

Tuition and Fees:

For students who entered prior to fall 2018, for the 2018 fall semester, 2019 spring semester and summer standard session, the tuition schedule for the J.D. Program is as follows:

  • Full-time:                     $20,298.00 per semester ($40,596.00 for the academic year)
  • Part-time:                    $16,309.00 per semester ($32,618.00 for the academic year)
  • Below 7 hours:            $ 1,561.00 per credit hour.

For students who enter in fall 2018 or spring 2019, for the 2018 fall semester, 2019 spring semester and summer standard session, the tuition schedule for the J.D. Program is as follows:

  • Full-time:                   $20,550.00 per semester ($41,100.00 for the academic year)
  • Part-time:                   $16,512.50 per semester ($33,025.00 for the academic year)
  • Below 7 hours:           $ 1,580.00 per credit hour.

For the 2018 fall semester, 2019 spring semester and summer standard session, the fee schedule, which is subject to change, is as follows:

  • Application fee:                          $ 50.00 (for new students only)
  • Student Bar Association fee:   $60.00 per semester
  • Student Success fee:                  $457.00 per semester[15]
  • Late registration fee:                 $50.00

[15] Students who first enrolled prior to the fall 2017 semester are not charged the Student Success Fee.

Tuition for Summer Session and Maymester is charged on a per credit hour rate for all students except for students enrolled in summer standard semester.  Please see rates listed above under Tuition and Fees.  Students enrolled in the summer standard semester are charged at the full-time and part-time rates listed above under Tuition and Fees.

Helpful Student Links and Funding Sources

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Go here to apply for federal loans by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp
Request a PIN, which is used as your signature on the FASFA and sometimes for online loan applications.

http://www.finaid.org
This site is an overall guide to financial aid.

http://studentaid.ed.gov/
The government’s financial aid resource website.

http://www.gibill.va.gov
Government site for Department of Veteran Affairs.

http://mappingyourfuture.org/money/budget.htm
Establishing a budget.

http://mappingyourfuture.org/money/budgetcalculator.htm
Budget Calculator.

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/movecalc.asp
“Cost of living” comparison calculator between cities.

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/credit/rights.shtm
Receive and review credit report.  Students are encouraged to review their credit report at least once a year for accuracy.

http://www.myfico.com/CreditEducation.
Information about credit scores.

http://www.finaid.org/calculators/loancomp.phtml
Compare different loan interest rates and better understand loan repayment schedules (great for debt management when repaying loans).

http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA
Students can review all of their federal loan information (loan holders, balances, interest rates, etc.).

External Scholarship Sites

http://www.salliemae.com/before_college/Students_plan/free_money/scholarships/scholarships.htm
Scholarship page that gives sources for possible outside scholarships, information on how avoid scholarship scams, and a multiple scholarship searches.

http://www.fastweb.com
A popular scholarship search engine.

http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships
Scholarship information from the Department of Education.

http://www.princetonreview.com/scholarships.aspx?uidbadge=%07
Under the heading “Try Online,” click on “Scholarship Search.” You will need to register with Princeton Review.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Please visit the website for Standard Disclosure Information: http://charlestonlaw.edu/about/gainful-employment-disclosures/.

[Please note: this link has been updated since the original posting of the catalog.]

Additions:

New courses on the spring 2019 semester schedule:

7630- Construction Law: Litigating Construction Defect Cases

2 Credit Hours

In this course students will gain practical knowledge of the construction law issues that commonly arise in construction defect lawsuits. Student will analyze contracts and expert reports and will draft various documents that are required in the practice of construction law, including pleadings, discovery, and litigation reports.

*Satisfies the Skills or Drafting Requirement

8203 - Charter Parties: Fundamentals

1 Credit Hour

This course examines the legal and practical issues involved in charter parties, including the distinction between the various types of charters (demise, time and voyage), the contractual relationship between charterer, vessel owner, and third parties, and the legal liabilities associated with charter parties. (NOTE: Completion of Basic Admiralty course is suggested but not required).

7017- Mediation of Business Disputes

2 Credit Hours

The mediation of business disputes continues to be a growing and important part of today’s business and litigation focused law practice. Mediation is often ordered by courts and it is required in many business contracts. This course gives students the opportunity to learn about and apply techniques and strategies for the negotiation and mediation of business disputes, both pre-litigation and those already in litigation. A fair amount of the course is devoted to quantitative and objective litigation risk analysis which identifies and evaluates alternatives to settlement proposals made during the mediation process. Much of the course is hands on with in-class exercises that explore rules, protocols, ethics and strategies. Course materials include the popular “Getting to Yes” by authors of the Harvard Negotiation Project and handouts containing real life mediation examples.

*Satisfies the Skills Requirement.

8530 - Seminar on the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts

2 Credit Hours

This seminar will explore the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, as well as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

*Graded Pass/Fail.

8100-Securities Regulation: A Primer

2 Credit Hours

A study of the regulation of securities under the federal securities laws. Topics covered will include the functions of the Securities and Exchange Commission, registration and disclosure requirements, as well as other issues.

*Graded Pass/Fail.

LL.M. Catalog

The 2017-2018 LL.M. Academic Catalog can be downloaded here.
The 2018-2019 LL.M. Academic Catalog can be downloaded here.