Curriculum and Course Registration Overview

The Charleston School of Law curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the law and to enable them to be effective legal professionals. The program of study reflects the demands of the profession for a meaningful educational experience that incorporates history, technology, ethics and professionalism, and evolving trends and future challenges. The educational curriculum is designed to qualify graduates for admission to the South Carolina Bar and other states as well as to prepare them to participate effectively and responsibly in the legal profession. Development of problem solving skills, research skills, efficiency, consistency, competency, and professionalism are primary objectives of the Charleston School of Law curriculum. The Charleston School of Law makes no claim or guarantee that credit earned at the Charleston School of Law will transfer to another institution.

Course Registration and Course Schedule Overview

To ensure that students are able to take required courses in a timely fashion, students in both the full-time and part-time programs follow a predetermined curriculum during the fall and spring semesters (or, for those students who enter in the spring, during the spring and summer).

Course sequencing for required courses can be found at the below links. The Office of the Registrar will register first-year students into their required courses for their first academic year.  Upper-class students are responsible for ensuring that they register for the necessary courses and credit hours, although the Office of the Registrar may pre-register students into required courses on occasion. Required courses are scheduled during the day.

Students register themselves for elective courses, including courses that satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Skills Course Requirement, and the Drafting Course Requirement; courses that satisfy these requirements are noted in the registration materials for the particular semester or session. Elective courses are typically two or three credit hour courses, although there are some courses that are only one credit hour.  Course credit hours are noted in the registration materials for the particular semester or session.  Students may also take required courses earlier than the predetermined sequence if they satisfy prerequisites for the course.  Registration materials will be available to students prior to registration and the periods of registration will be announced.

The School of Law also offers courses in the Maymester and Summer sessions. The course offerings will vary but will generally include at least one required course offering.

For more information, contact Margaret M. Lawton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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