Admission Procedures and Requirements
What are the requirements for admission into the Charleston School of Law?
1. Create an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at LSAC.org.
2. Register and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by contacting the LSAC online at LSAC.org. The Charleston School of Law LSAT Code is 5821.
3. Complete and electronically submit an application for admission. Applications are at LSAC.org. (Visit our How to Apply page for additional information.)
4. Register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Registration is available online at LSAC.org.
5. Submit two letters of recommendation. Applicants must use the LSAC letter of recommendation (LOR) service.
6. Submit a personal statement describing your reasons for wanting to attend law school, hardships or challenges you have faced and overcome, or relating other relevant information about yourself that you would like the Admission Committee to consider along with your application. Personal statements should be submitted online at LSAC.org.
7. Submit a current resume with your application to LSAC at LSAC.org.
8. Request transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts should be submitted by the school(s) directly to LSAC’s CAS.
9. Check application status. Once your application is submitted, click here to check the status.
Can I send information through the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS)?
Yes. LSAT scores, letters of recommendation and transcripts should be sent through the CAS service. The Charleston School of Law’s CAS code is 5821.
How will applications be evaluated?
The Charleston School of Law admits students selectively after a thorough evaluation of all personal and academic criteria. Many factors are considered in the decision to accept an applicant. LSAT performance and undergraduate grade point average (GPA) are statistically proven indicators of law school success. Other factors such as postgraduate work, employment, military experience, community service, extracurricular activities and leadership experience will also be weighed in the decision-making process.
Is the LSAT required? How long are my LSAT scores valid? Will multiple scores be averaged?
Completion of the LSAT is required for admission into the Charleston School of Law. Register to take the LSAT by contacting LSAC online at LSAC.org. LSAT scores are valid for five years, but three years is from the original date of the testing is preferred by the Admission Committee. The Charleston School of Law will use the high score when multiple LSAT scores are presented. The December score will be accepted for consideration for spring semester enrollment only if the score is available to the admission committee in time prior to the start of new student Orientation.
Are there any specific undergraduate degree requirements?
Prior to enrolling in the Charleston School of Law, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. No particular pre-law curriculum is required.
Does the Charleston School of Law conduct personal interviews?
Formal interviews are not part of the normal application process; however, applicants are always welcome to visit the school, attend a class and meet with current students. Contact the Office of Admission by phone, 843.377.2143, or email for additional information or to schedule an appointment.
How can students currently enrolled at another institution apply?
In compliance with ABA Standard 509, the Charleston School of Law will accept transfer credit from other ABA approved law schools, provided the student has earned a grade of “C” or better. Students who seek to transfer to the Charleston School of Law are advised that typically an applicant will have completed the first year of law school and that a maximum of 30 credit hours will be accepted on transfer and apply toward a degree from the Charleston School of Law. No credit will be given for prior experience. Transfer students may be accepted for fall and spring semester. Please go to transfer student policies for more information.
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