Abrams announces retirement

Dean Emeritus and Professor Law Andy Abrams has announced he will retire following the 2022-23 academic year.

Abrams—who, at times, also held the titles of President and Provost—served as the Law School’s academic leader from 2008 through 2020.

“Dean Abrams’ impact on the Law School has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Charleston School of Law Dean and Provost Larry Cunningham. “He led our new school through the process of securing provisional and then full accreditation from the American Bar Association.

“During his tenure as dean, the Law School grew its faculty, graduated thousands of alumni. Throughout his time in administration, Dean Abrams remained connected to the classroom, teaching Sports Law, Higher Education Law, and other courses. He will be sorely missed by all.”

Prior to joining Charleston School of Law, Dean Abrams was the Provost of the College of Charleston, where he had previously served as General Counsel.


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors sixth in the country for faculty accessibility and No. 12 nationwide in quality of teaching (2022)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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