Charleston School of Law

The Charleston School of Law offers a comprehensive three-year juris doctor degree program that fully prepares its graduates to begin their careers practice-ready.

Set amid the beauty of one of the South's most historic cities, the Charleston School of Law teaches the practice of law as a profession whose chief aim is public service, providing relief for those who suffer because they are helpless, outnumbered or victims of prejudice. It achieves this in an environment of excellence and diversity, the hallmarks of which include a committed, caring and highly qualified faculty, a law library that provides the best in available resources and technology, and a student support system that promotes academic assistance, leadership development and personal support. Charleston School of Law graduates leave our campus as practice-ready professionals, prepared to begin making an impact to improve their communities. Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Mission: The Charleston School of Law's principal goals are: > To teach students of high moral character and unquestioned personal integrity through a careful and refined study program; > To teach the practice of law as a profession, having as its chief aim providing public service; > To teach the law as a means of providing relief for those who suffer because they are helpless, weak, outnumbered or because they are victims of prejudice; >To teach the law as a means of alleviating human misery and human suffering; >To teach the law as a means of making possible the continued processes of manufacturing and commerce that bring realization to the twin goals of prosperity and peace in the world; >To institute and coordinate legal outreach programs to the South Carolina and American bars; local, state and federal governments; and the general population; and >To encourage and foster legal reforms. Additional goals: This entails additional goals of graduating students who will be successful in bar passage; recruiting and retaining highly qualified and effective faculty; providing a law library that meets the needs of our educational programs; and developing and maintaining technological capabilities reflective of the educational and professional needs of the legal field.

Charleston School of Law | Student Spotlight – Laura Holloway

Student Spotlight - Laura Holloway. Meet our Student Bar Association President for the 2019-2020 school year and find out what her best advice is for new law students. I was attracted to the family-like community at Charleston Law. The faculty and students push you to succeed. Our school has an open-door policy where students can talk to their professors one-on-one about challenging concepts in class. In addition to a top-ranked faculty, the students motivate each...

Congressman Cunningham attended today's Critical Issues Seminar to hear our students present various public policy proposals. Thank you for your time Joe Cunningham! #publicpolicy #houseofrepresentatives #maymester

Free legal clinic for veterans, service members

We are partnering with the SC Attorney General's V.A.L.O.R. Program and Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services to sponsor a free legal clinic for veterans, members of the Reserves, and active-duty members of the military.

The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5th, at Johnson Hagood Stadium, 68 Hagood Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403. Veterans, members of the Reserves, and active-duty members of the military are invited to a FREE legal clinic on Wednesday, June 5th in Charleston.

Charleston School of Law | Student Spotlight – Lani Frost

Student Spotlight - Lani Frost. Lani is a rising third-year student and the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Charleston Law Review. Charleston has always been like a second home to me because my family frequently vacationed here while I was growing up. Throughout my whole life, I told my family I would never move away from home with one exception, Charleston! Choosing to go to law school here was the best decision I have ever ma...

2 weeks after indictment, suspended Chester Sheriff Underwood, deputies set for court

Professor Miller Shealy provided his legal expertise for a story in The News & Observer about the Chester County sheriff and two top deputies accused by the FBI of falsifying records. Suspended Chester Sheriff Alex Underwood and two top deputies indicted by federal prosecutors for a false records cover up scheme that included lying to the FBI have first South Carolina court appearances set..

Charleston School of Law | Patty Rivera breaks school pro bono record

Congratulations Patty Rivera on breaking the school's pro bono record!

Patty also received the William Bennett Regan Award for Outstanding Public Service at this year's graduation and was selected as one of the new members of the Forensic Club. May 16, 2019 – Patty Rivera looked at the Charleston School of Law’s 30-hour pro bono graduation requirement as an opportunity to gain valuable legal experience and pursue her passion to help others. Rivera, who graduated on May 12, never set out to break a school record. In the process of learn...

May 2019 Commencement

Charleston School of Law | 157 graduate from Charleston School of Law

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! We are so proud of you all! May 12, 2019 – The largest graduating class in six years received diplomas today from the Charleston School of Law during an annual May commencement ceremony at McAlister Field House on the campus of The Citadel.

Congratulations to Alissa Lietzow '10 and Nathan Johnson '14 on being honored last night as part of the Charleston Regional Business Journal's 2019 Forty Under 40 class! #40CHS #lawschoolalumni

[05/08/19]   Tune in to Live 5 News tonight at 5:30 to see Professor Miller Shealy talk about President Trump's decision to assert executive privilege.

[05/08/19]   Congratulations to students Shantel Middleton and Johnathan Rice on having your interviews with Solicitor Scarlett Wilson and Ellis Khan published in the most recent edition of the Charleston County Bar Newsletter. There are quite a few alumni featured or recognized in this issue as well!

Students are enjoying @rodneyscottsbbq for lunch today. #exambreak #southcarolinabbq #lawschoolexams

The SBA is hosting their Grill & Chill today with hot dogs grilled by students and treats from @theholycitycupcakes. #cupcakes #exambreak

We are so proud to see alumna Rene Stuhr Dukes featured in the ABA Journal for her pro bono work with the families of Mother Emanuel shooting victims. What a difference her dedication to #givingback is making in people's lives!

Rene Stuhr Dukes of Rosen Hagood has dedicated 300 hours of pro bono work to Mother Emanuel shooting survivors. She and the Charleston County Bar Association were recent featured for their efforts in the ABA Journal. A shining example of #PalmettoProBono!

Happy Law Day 2019! Come celebrate with some cake in The Barrister. #lawday #cake #exambreak

Exams begin tomorrow! Study hard, get some rest, and be confident!

Don't forget we'll be offering exam breaks each day at lunchtime. The Office of Admission, with help from Dean Sanders, will be serving JD Dogs tomorrow.

Last night's Shop for Success event was a success! We look forward to Phi Delta Phi organizing it again in the future. #jcrew #shopforsuccess #PDP @ J.Crew

Today's the last day of Contracts for the semester and the last contest between Professor Steadman's classes. The theme was superheroes. Who wore it better? Section I (1st picture) or Section II (2nd picture)? #charlestonlaw #contracts #superhero

Congratulations to Professor Janssen on winning this year's Alex Sanders Award! Phi Delta Phi presents this award each year to a faculty or staff member who shows outstanding dedication and commitment to our students. #charlestonlaw #PDP #alexsandersaward

Will you be dressed for success at your next interview? Phi Delta Phi has teamed up with @jcrew to host a "Shop for Success" night at their King Street store. Get 20% off your purchase today from 5-7pm and help support the KJ Endowment Fund. #charlestonlaw #dressforsuccess

On Monday, students Stephanie Kudeviz and Kaitlyn Guttridge attended the Global Eco Adventures (GEA) 4th Annual Eco Ball. Both Governor Henry McMaster and Justice Kaye Hearn took a few minutes to chat and take a picture with them. @csolels #charlestonlaw #earthday #environmentalsustainability

Don't forget there are only a couple of days left to donate to Phi Alpha Delta and BLSA's food drive to help My Sister's House. #charlestonlaw #fooddrive #givingback

Congrats to Team BAPS on winning this year's BA Bowl! #charlestonlaw #preparingforfinals #lawschoolfun

[04/19/19]   Due to severe storms, the law school and all buildings will close at 3:00 p.m. today (Friday). The school will reopen at normal time tomorrow morning.

Today's theme in Prof. Steadman's contracts classes was Southern Charm. Who wore it better? Contracts I or Contracts II? #charlestonlaw #southerncharm #contracts

Charleston School of Law | Awards Day 2019

Congratulations to all of our award winners! There are so many outstanding people at our school, and each of them are what make the Charleston School of Law so special. APRIL 18, 2019 – Students, faculty and staff came together in celebration of Awards Day 2019 to recognize the outstanding achievements in the Charleston School of Law community. Several awards were presented, the new executive board for the Student Bar Association was sworn in, and all of the May ...

STUDENTS: You don't want to miss Awards Day on Thursday at 4:30! Several scholarships and awards will be presented to students and faculty, including Professor of the Year.

Light refreshments will be served.

The 2018-2019 Trial Advocacy Board gathered today to elect next year's executive board. Congratulations to all!
President - David Gentry
Vice President of Internal - ShelbyAnn Johnson
Vice President of External - Alexis Kovolenko
Vice President of Judge and Faculty Relations - Kelly Barber
Vice President of Media - Beverley Bolyard
#charlestonlaw #trialad

After some brief rain, we had a great time hosting accepted students at tonight's Charleston RiverDogs game. #charlestonlaw #acceptedstudentreception #baseball

Professor Steadman's classes dressed to impress today. Who wore it better? Contract I (first picture) or Contracts II (second picture)? #charlestonlaw #contracts #dresstoimpress

It was such a pleasure hosting the Hon. Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit yesterday for a lunchtime Q&A. Thank you to the Federalist Society for organizing this event. #charlestonlaw #federalistsociety #sixthcircuitcourt

President Bell spoke with students today about balancing faith and legal work. Thank you to the Christian Legal Society for organizing this event. #charlestonlaw #CLS

Kudos to our Phi Delta Phi students for once again raising money for Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services!

Our Executive Director, Alissa Lietzow, was presented with a check for $2,635 courtesy of the efforts of Phi Delta Phi at the Charleston School of Law. Thank you!

A group of our students enjoyed oral arguments today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. #charlestonlaw #courtofappeals #fourthcircuit

Students Kamairi Fayall, Victoria Hurse, Joshua Salley, and Michael Clemons recently competed in Los Angeles at the Williams Institute National Moot Court Competition. Congratulations to Joshua Salley and Michael Clemons on advancing to the quarterfinals in our school’s first appearance at this prestigious competition! #charlestonlaw #mootcourt #BannerUp

Students Mary Catherine Harbin, Allison Gutberlet, Lauren Carroll, and English Maull competed this past weekend in Buffalo at the Herbert Wechsler Moot Court Competition. Congratulations to Lauren and English on advancing to the quarterfinals and Lauren for being recognized as a top 3 advocate for the entire competition! #charlestonlaw #mootcourt #BannerUp

Professor Steadman's Contracts classes dressed in their favorite sports team apparel today. Who wore it better? Contracts I or Contracts II? #charlestonlaw #contracts #sportsfans

Charleston School of Law | Student Spotlight – Victoria Jaworowski

Student Spotlight - Victoria Jaworowski, 2L. Meet our Intellectual Property Law Society President and find out what her dream job is after law school. Since I’m from Charleston, attending the Charleston School of Law is the perfect opportunity to study law in the place I call home.

How cool is it that a group of students can sit down and have a casual conversation with the dean of our law school? #charlestonlaw #barristerbreak #opendoorpolicy

It was Hawaiian shirt day in Professor Steadman's classes. Who has more Hawaiian spirit? Contracts I (first picture) or Contracts II (second picture)? Comment with your vote! #charlestonlaw #contracts #hawaiianshirt

Charleston School of Law | Student Spotlight – Michael D. Clemons

Student Spotlight - Michael D. Clemons, 3L. Meet Michael, the Attorney General for the Southern Region of the National Black Law Student Association, and find out what his most rewarding experience has been at the Charleston School of Law. Before my final decision to attend Charleston Law, Dean Jacqueline Bell allowed me to observe Professor Geiza Vargas-Vargas’ Corporate Law class. Professor Vargas-Vargas’ intensity and expertise resolved any reservations I had about attending Charleston Law.

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Earlier this week, Charleston School of Law Clinical Extern, Mikaila Matt, handled a final hearing in a family law action before Judge Richter. The Student Practice Rule provides an incredible opportunity for law students to get some real life court experience.

Thank you to local IP law attorney Jason Rosenblum for coming to speak with our Intellectual Property Law Society this afternoon. #charlestonlaw #IPlaw #guestspeaker

Moot Court and Trial Advocacy

Every year, our moot court and trial advocacy teams are among the best in the nation. More importantly, though, our students are able to engage in experiential learning and acquire trial and appellate skills that help them become practice-ready attorneys upon graduation.

Charleston School of Law | Moot court teams score wins, accolades in national competitions

Our moot court and trial advocacy teams have been on a roll the past few weeks! Catch up on their latest results from some of the biggest competitions in the country. March 12, 2019 – Charleston School of Law students have had impressive success in late February and early March in national moot court competitions across the country. Here’s how four teams placed in three competitions:

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