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, all students follow a predetermined curriculum of required courses. Required courses are scheduled during the day. The Office of the Registrar will register first-year students into their required courses for their first academic year.  The Registrar may also register upper-class students into upper-level required courses.

Upper-class students are responsible for ensuring that they register for courses that satisfy other requirements and the necessary credit hours to reach the number of credits required for graduation.  These 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.    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.

Courses that have been offered in the past two academic years as well as those being offered in the current academic year can be found in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook and the Catalog Addendum.

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

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