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 Critical Practice Skills III.  In this course, students will be exposed to skills necessary for the successful completion of the Uniform Bar Examination. The grade for this 1-credit hour course is based on the completion of simulated legal exercises and attendance at lectures.  Please note: Students generally take this course in the fall of their final year, but are allowed to take it in the spring of their second year if it is offered then.

[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.