Upper-Level Elective Course Tracks

The Charleston School of Law’s first-year curriculum and required upper-level courses provide students with a broad and varied foundation in the substantive law and in the skills essential to effective legal practice. Building from this foundation, students with a particular interest in one of the practice areas listed to the right may wish to consider selecting a number of elective and skills courses listed in the corresponding suggested course track. Within each course track, courses are divided into the following categories:

Core Courses: These required and elective courses provide students with a basic foundation for the track. Students with a strong interest in this area of practice might consider taking all or most of these courses. Students who are sampling a track might take one or more of the courses to begin. The School of Law usually offers these courses at least once each year, either both in the day and in the evening or at a time accessible to both day and evening students.

Other Key Electives: These elective courses build more specialized knowledge in the area of the track. Students with a strong interest in this practice area may consider taking some of these courses. The School of Law attempts to offer these courses at least once each year, at a time accessible to both day and evening students.

Skills Courses: These elective skills courses develop professional competences that are particularly relevant to this track. Students with a strong interest in this practice area should consider taking some of these courses. The School of Law attempts to offer these courses at least once a year in either the day or evening.

Related and Advanced Courses: These elective courses are related to the track or more specialized courses in the track. They may be courses from a related track or may provide policy background or perspective. These courses may not be offered on a regular basis.
Students should be aware that there are prerequisites to some of the elective or skills courses listed in each course track. Students should ensure that they fulfill the prerequisites at any early date.

Please see links below for additional information about specific course tracks.