A Message from Dean Larry Cunningham

Photo of dean Larry Cunningham of the Charleston School of Law

Thank you for your interest in Charleston School of Law, a student-centered school that is focused on preparing the next generation of practicing lawyers. Here, you will learn the law from expert professors who will know your name and always keep their doors open to answer your questions as well as help launch your career.

Our curriculum is grounded in the fundamentals and the practical legal skills you will need to serve your future clients and the public good. You will have the ability to gain practical experience through our Externship Program and, as early as your second semester, numerous pro bono opportunities.  Moreover, you’ll do all of this in one of American’s most historic cities: Charleston, South Carolina.  I encourage you to get to know our Law School and to contact the Office of Admission or me with questions.


  • To teach students through a rigorous, skills-based study program;
  • To teach the practice of law as a profession, having as its chief aim providing public service;
  • To institute and coordinate legal outreach programs to the South Carolina and American Bars, local, state and federal governments, as well as to the general population; and
  • To provide an inclusive, diverse environment in which to encourage and foster collegial, collaborative and professional relationships among students, faculty, staff and the community.

Where Traditions Meet Opportunity

The Charleston School of Law offers students the unique opportunity to study the time-honored practice of law amid the beauty and grace of one of the South’s most historic cities, Charleston, South Carolina.

Tracing its historic traditions to the 1825 formation of The Forensic Club, the Charleston School of Law is reinvigorating the study of law in Charleston by offering a rich, comprehensive three-year program rooted in excellence. Not only can students take advantage of mentoring programs offered in conjunction with Charleston’s collegial, professional Bar, they benefit from a firsthand look at the study of law in a city anchored by a vital, downtown civic hub known as the Four Corners of Law.

“Charleston has played a pivotal role in the development of the rule of law in our country and has a legal community with the highest professional reputation,” says Alex Sanders, former president of the College of Charleston and past chief judge for the S.C. Court of Appeals.

Students at the Charleston School of Law study law as a profession and find a faculty focused on using the law as a calling in the public interest. Faculty members devote their full attention to excellent teaching and scholarship, both in and out of the classroom.

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