How To Apply

We hope you will consider applying to the Charleston School of Law.

Prospective students may apply for spring or fall admission into the J.D. program. Applications are available online at Additional information is available on our website under FAQs. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission by phone, 843.377.2143, or by email.

2018-2019 Dates to Remember

December 15
Full-time and Part-time Application Deadline* for Spring Admission

December 15
Need-based Scholarship Application Deadline for Spring Enrollees

March 1
Full-time and Part-time Priority Application Deadline* for Fall Admission

May 15
Need-based Scholarship Application Deadline for Fall Enrollees

June 1
Transfer and Visiting Student Application Deadline for Fall Admission

*Applications will continue to be accepted until all seats are filled.

Requirements for Admission

Bachelor’s Degree

The Charleston School of Law requires all applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school prior to enrolling.


All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the purpose of assessing the applicant’s capability of satisfactorily completing the educational program. LSAC has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free LSAT prep. Applicants are also required to register with the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS). A current CAS Report is required to complete a file.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Accepted students who have revealed on their admission application any criminal conduct issues of concern will be contacted by the Office of Admission, advised to contact the appropriate persons and to take proactive steps to address the issue. Many jurisdictions will review a provisional application for admission to the bar. Information on character and fitness standards for various jurisdictions is available at the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ website:

In no event, however, will the Charleston School of Law admit applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing its educational program and being admitted to the bar.

Application Steps

Applicants must complete the following:

  • Create an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) online at
  • Register and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by contacting LSAC online at Free LSAT prep is offered by Khan Academy.
  • Complete and electronically submit an application for admission. Applications are available at
  • Register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Registration is available online at
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. Applicants must use the LSAC letter of recommendation (LOR) service.
  • Submit a personal statement, including reasons for wanting to attend law school. Personal statements should be submitted online at
  • Submit a current resume with your application to LSAC at
  • Request transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts should be submitted by the school(s) directly to LSAC’s CAS.
  • Check application status.  Once your application is submitted, click here to check the status.


The Charleston School of Law offers both merit and need-based scholarships. Your application to the School of Law is your application for merit scholarships. To learn more about scholarship opportunities and to access the need-based scholarship application, please visit our Scholarships information page.

More Information

If you would like to receive information on the Charleston School of Law, please complete the request information formemail the Office of Admission, or call 843.377.2143.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, The Charleston School of Law is mandated to issue an Annual Campus Security Report outlining School of Law security policies and reporting campus crime statistics.  The report may be found online here.