Curriculum Tracks and Qualifying Designation

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:

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