Scholarships

The Charleston School of Law Office of Admission offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships. Current students in the top 20% of their class may also be eligible for the Presidential Honors Program, which includes a scholarship. There are also numerous scholarship opportunities through the Charleston School of Law Office of Diversity Initiatives as well as outside sources.

Merit Scholarships

Your application to the School of Law is also your application for merit scholarships. Decisions will be based on two factors: GPA and LSAT score. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission by email or by phone at 843.377.2143.

Fall Admission:

The priority deadline to be considered for a merit scholarship for fall enrollment is March 1. Typically, the Office of Admission begins making merit-based scholarship offers in mid-February.

Spring Admission:

The priority deadline to be considered for a merit scholarship for spring enrollment is December 1.

Need-based Scholarships

Need-based scholarship decisions will be made by the Office of Admission based on financial need. There are no GPA or LSAT score requirements to qualify for need-based scholarship funds. Accepted students who are offered a merit scholarship typically do not also qualify for a need-based scholarship. There are separate applications for students enrolling in the spring semester and those enrolling in the fall semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission by email or by phone at 843.377.2143.

Fall Admission:

Applicants for fall admission who wish to be considered for need-based scholarship funds should complete the scholarship application. The deadline to apply is May 15. The application will be available here in January.

Spring Admission:

Applicants for spring or summer admission who wish to be considered for need-based scholarship funds should complete the scholarship application. This application is only for students enrolling at the law school for the first time during the spring or summer semester. The application deadline is December 15.

Spring Need-based Scholarship Application

Presidential Honors Program

The Presidential Honors Program recognizes full-time and part-time students at the Charleston School of Law for their outstanding academic performance. Students invited to join the program will be eligible for several benefits, including the Presidential Honors Scholarship. To read more about the eligibility requirements and the benefits offered, please click here.

Office of Diversity Initiatives Scholarships

The Charleston School of Law’s Office of Diversity Initiatives also provides access several scholarship opportunities.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to these students. The fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school.  Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during each student’s time in law school.

Please visit the ABA’s website for more information and to access the application.

External Scholarship Opportunities

A variety of scholarships exist for current and prospective law students. Many are offered through private law firms and various organizations. To learn more about some of these opportunities, click here.

Disclaimer: The Charleston School of Law has no authority in the selection of recipients of non-institutional scholarships. Students who apply to external scholarships agree to do their due diligence and not hold the Charleston School of Law accountable for any damages.

Scholarship Resources
  • Sallie Mae: Scholarship page gives sources for possible outside scholarships, information on how avoid scholarship scams, and multiple scholarship searches
  • Peterson’s: Offers a search engine for graduate school scholarships
  • Fastweb: A popular scholarship search engine
  • Princeton Review’s scholarship search. Under the heading “try online,” click on “scholarship search.” You will need to register.