Law Students thrive through pandemic

Charleston School of Law has created the Transactional Law Team, a new student advocacy group. The group was formed by 3L students at Charleston Law in an effort to “lay the foundation for future students who are interested in transactional law.”

Professor Jean Steadman said the group is “a testament to the tenacity, hard work and dedication to improving the legal skills of a small group of current 3L students.”

Steadman added that the Transactional Law Team will provide students with opportunities to get hands-on experiential practice in negotiating and drafting contracts.

“These students started with the idea of breathing new life into the Business Law Society and creating a team of negotiators and contract drafters to complete at an external national competition,” said Steadman. “When the competition was cancelled due to COVID, they shook off the disappointment and decided to hold an internal competition.”

The response was surprising. Despite various roadblocks caused by the pandemic, the competition was a success with 10 students and 15 judges drawn from faculty, alumni and practicing attorneys in the Charleston area. Success gave way to inspiration and a new vision for future growth of the group.

“After the competition experience, these students wanted to both continue competing and create a permanent opportunity for those who shared their transactional interests,” said Professor Steadman. “These students actively participated in shaping the organization of the Team, created the leadership positions, created the application and admission competition materials and served as judges for the applicants.”

The Transactional Law Team held its first-ever application and admission competition in September. The group has expanded and includes 20 members comprised of 2L and 3L students. The Team is currently preparing to host an annual internal competition for 2L members and will send 3L members to compete in national external competitions


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 second in the country for faculty accessibility (2021)

  • 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 about 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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