The Charleston School of Law requires all applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school prior to enrolling. A final transcript should be sent to LSAC from each degree-granting school denoting the degree was conferred. If a transcript is not received in a timely manner after the start of classes, October 15 for fall enrollees and within four weeks of the date classes begin for spring enrollees, the student will be administratively withdrawn from classes and their offer of admission revoked.
All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the purpose of assessing the applicant’s capability of satisfactorily completing the educational program. LSAT scores are valid for five years, and in the case of multiple scores, the Charleston School of Law will use the high score. LSAC has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free LSAT prep. Applicants are also required to register with the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS). A current CAS Report is required to complete a file.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Accepted students who reveal on their admission application any criminal conduct issues of concern can take proactive steps to address the issue by contacting the appropriate persons. Many jurisdictions will review a provisional application for admission to the bar. Information on character and fitness standards for various jurisdictions is available at the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ website: www.ncbex.org. Students are encouraged to meet with the Assistant Dean for Academic and Bar Success or the Associate Dean of Students and to contact the bar in that state(s) to determine its character and fitness and bar admission requirements.
When responding to the character and fitness questions on the School of Law’s application for admission, applicants must include all disciplinary actions, charges, convictions, and traffic violations. Parking tickets may be excluded. However, applicants must disclose all traffic violations to include those they consider to be minor. In accordance with the application for admission to any Bar, applicants must provide a complete record of all instances in which you have been arrested or taken into custody or accused, formally or informally, of the violation of a law, including instances that have been expunged by Order of the Court, and including juvenile offenses whether or not the records are sealed. Applicants must disclose each instance, even though the charges may have been dismissed or you were acquitted; or adjudication was withheld; or a conviction was reversed, set aside, or vacated; or the record was sealed or expunged; or the applicant participated in a pretrial intervention program.
If applicants answer “yes” to any of the Character and Fitness questions on the admission application, they must attach a detailed explanation for each of those questions providing dates, locations, charge, disposition, and any sanctions imposed. Including a copy of a driving record or criminal record without providing a detailed explanation is not sufficient. The explanation(s) must be submitted electronically as an attachment(s) under the “Attachments” section of the application.
Because of the high ethical standards to which lawyers are held, the failure to disclose an act or event such as the ones described below is often more significant and leads to more serious consequences than the act or event itself. If applicants have questions about whether an incident or charge should be disclosed, err on the side of full disclosure.
Applicants and current students have an ongoing duty to inform the Office of Admission of any changes in the information in their law school application and to the Character and Fitness questions to include any new information. That duty begins at the point of submission of the application and continues throughout the entirety of their law school career. Failure to provide truthful answers or failure to inform the Office of Admission of any changes or updates to answers may result in revocation of admission, disciplinary action by the School of Law, recission of the law degree, and/or not being allowed to take the Bar Exam.
In no event, however, will the Charleston School of Law admit applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing its educational program and being admitted to the bar.