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 satisfy this standard through:

  • The Skills Requirement;
  • The Drafting Requirement; and,
  • The Legal Skills Requirement.

Each of these requirements is separate from one another1 and is described below. Students may not use the same course to satisfy two requirements

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.

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. Legal Skills Course Requirement 

This course [7990] is designed to develop skills necessary for the practice of law, including but not limited to: reviewing, understanding, and synthesizing discovery responses; drafting client letters; drafting persuasive and objective briefs; and performing variations of these tasks under the timed conditions required by the Multi-State Performance Test (MPT). Students are required to take this course during their second year. This course replaces Critical Practice Skills III (799) as a requirement.


Footnotes

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

Updated: August 2018.