Admiralty and Maritime Law LL.M.


Charleston, South Carolina is a high-volume, expanding port and a world-class resort city. Condé Nast Traveler consistently rates Charleston the number one city for travelers in the U.S. The Charleston School of Law is located in the historic peninsula of the city within view of eighteenth-century church spires and the busy waterfront. By combining both historic preservation and vital maritime commerce, Charleston is the perfect place for this program.

The primary objective of our program is to bring students together with the most experienced practitioners, judges, and professors in a broad range of admiralty law specialties, and with the non-lawyer maritime professionals that make our port such a success.

Credit Hours, Tuition and Courses

The degree requires 24 credit hours, which may be completed in one academic year. Tuition for the most recent year was $30,000 per year. Tuition for the upcoming year has not yet been set. For information about financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone, 843.377.1102 or email,

Courses that may be offered include: Admiralty I, Admiralty II, International Ocean Carriage & Payment Systems, Law of the Sea, Marine Collision & Limitation of Liability, Seminar on Multi-modal Transport of Goods, Marine Insurance, Seminar on Marine Insurance, Seminar on Personal Injury & Death Litigation, Specialist Seminar on Supervised Research, Salvage & Maritime Cultural Heritage, Tug, Tow and Pilot, Marine Environmental & Pollution Law, U.S. Maritime Policy, U.S. Maritime Regulation, International Business Transactions, Maritime Liens & Mortgages, Charter Parties, Advanced Marine Insurance and Law of Coast Guard Operations.


The LL.M. program also benefits from the Francis Drake Admiralty American Inn of Court. The charter was awarded by the American Inns of Court on September 20, 2011. The School of Law’s Inn of Court is the only one dedicated to the subject of admiralty and maritime law, and it will serve as an important source of mentoring for the students in the LL.M. Program. Maritime lawyers and student make up membership of the Inn.

The Charleston Maritime Law Institute was established in 2004 and serves as an advisory council with regular meetings to support the Admiralty and Maritime Law LL.M. program. This group includes senior maritime lawyers from law firms around the country, chief counsels to major maritime industries, as well as senior State Ports Authority officials and industry leaders from Charleston. With the support of these outstanding people, we conduct trips to the various port facilities to permit our students to see the subjects of their studies in action, from port direction and management to the movement of cargo and vessels.

Bar Admissions

It is important to familiarize yourself with the requirements for admission to any jurisdictions where you intend to practice. Each jurisdiction is different, and may require you to take steps during law school to be eligible for admission.

Foreign Educated LL.M. students should be familiar with the state in which they intend to practice and investigate whether the Charleston School of Law’s LL.M. program qualifies for bar admittance.

More information can be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at In addition, please review the bar admission websites of any jurisdiction in which you may seek to practice in the future.

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