Charleston School of Law’s first-year curriculum and required upper-level courses provide students with a broad and varied foundation in the substantive law and the skills essential to effective legal practice. Students may build on this foundation by exploring curriculum tracks in a particular practice area.
In addition to following a subject specific curriculum track, the faculty determined in spring 2020 that students may also be eligible for a qualifying designation on their transcript in three practice areas: Criminal Practice, Public Policy and Service, or Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution.
The requirements for the qualifying specialization designation are:
- Successful completion of the minimum number of classes from each of the below three categories, with the final grade of “B” or better in each qualifying course:
- core classes,
- key electives, and
- skills courses.
- Successful completion of the upper level writing requirement on a topic within the course track area of specialization.
- Successful participation in an oral discussion with a panel of no more than three professors to discuss, defend, and articulate their upper level writing requirement.
Upon successful completion of the above requirements for the curriculum track or specialization, a specialization designation will be noted on the student’s transcript.
Please see links below for information about the specific course tracks in which a qualifying designation may be possible:
Students who are interested in specializing in specific areas of law without seeking the qualifying designation may select several elective and skills courses listed in the suggested course tracks; please see the links below:
For information about other course tracks, please see links below: