Overview

Applicants
1,245
Acceptance Rate
57%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
213

Test Scores

LSAT
152 - 157

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$60

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
63

35
Female
10
Minority


Students Say

Conveniently located on the campus of the state’s flagship university, the University of South Carolina School of Law is in the state capital, which also doubles as the state’s largest city. With many of the state’s courts in such close proximity of school grounds, opportunities for finding internships and making pertinent connections are right outside students’ doors.
On the internal side, law students at the University of South Carolina have the option of participating in a variety of extracurricular activities and joint-degree programs to help them succeed. The pro bono program is celebrated as well as the five clinics covering nonprofit organizations, criminal practice, consumer bankruptcy, child protection advocacy, and federal litigation. “This university places a special emphasis on developing students into professionals that will promote society and the common good, regardless of the chosen field. Pro bono efforts are praised and encouraged,” says a 1L.
Law students that have an interest in working in the realm of family court, juvenile cases, or child welfare have an opportunity to gain experience by representing litigants in family court with the school’s Children’s law externships. Partnerships with schools and firms in London make it possible for students interested in foreign practice to work or study abroad for three weeks.
However, the most popular amenity at USC is the school’s faculty, according to gushing students. “The school's administration is top notch, and ready to serve the student body. They are accessible, informed, and frank with their advice. The faculty treats you like the adult that you are and expect a lot out of you in return.” The students aren’t the only ones that think so either: “The school administration and professors are well respected in the legal community,” one student reveals.
“The school administration is on the up-and-up. The new Dean is doing an excellent job fixing any problems that may have existed with the school in the past. There is a real new energy in the building. This is reflected in a new curriculum and the addition of new externships and clinical courses, and the continued expansion of offerings for upper-level courses that cover both substantive law, theory of laws, and practical skills,” says an excited 3L.
The support, coupled with the top-notch resources, makes USC a fertile ground for producing lawyers ready to become contenders in the law arena upon graduation. The law library is among the largest in the southeast. “The librarians are super helpful and great resources.” “The University of South Carolina School of Law gives students challenging and rigorous curriculum lead by phenomenal faculty for a reasonable price,” says a 3L.
Alumni ties to USC are strong in South Carolina so if you plan to practice at any firm, large or small, in this state, this is the school for you. That being said, it’s important to note that the curriculum and programs are geared toward working locally. If your goal is to practice out of state you may be at a disadvantage. “Someone once told me that if you want to practice law in South Carolina, you better have a darn good excuse if you didn't go to USC. That is really the truth,” counsels a 3L. Jobs in the private sector make up two-thirds of the positions taken upon graduation, including a significant amount of students opting for the judicial clerkship route.

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
85%
Median Starting Salary
$54,500
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
57%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
84

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough; Alston & Bird; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; Nexsen Pruet; Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Graduates Employed by Area

340%
Private Practice
18%
Judicial Clerkships
13%
Business/Industry
13%
Government
2%
Military
1%
Public Interes
1%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

83%
South
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Prominent Alumni

Richard W. Riley
Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Lindsey Graham
US Senate

Karen J. Williams
4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Joe Wilson
US Congress

Jean Hoefer Toal
Chief Justice of South Carolina Supreme Court

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Apr 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$23,074
Out-Of-State Tuition
$46,180
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,802
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,000
Fees
$400

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
619
Parent Institution Enrollement
32,972

Average Age at Entry
24

% International
1%

Demographics

18.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
44% female
56% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The majority of the students at USC come from South Carolina or the surrounding states; however, those who choose to study here have many things in common. They “work hard, play harder, make connections, root for each other, [and] build each other.” While you’ll find that the majority of the student body is rather conservative, there is enough diversity of political beliefs and backgrounds for almost anyone to find their niche,” promises a 1L. “There are lots of liberals in the student body” and Columbia is, “almost without question, the most liberal place in South Carolina (for whatever that’s worth).” Ethnic minorities make up about 12 percent of the population.
On campus students find it easy to get along and to fit in. “The students treat each other with kindness and respect no matter where they stand on the law school hierarchy.” “We all help each other out and share notes,” adds a 1L. “The professors and fellow law students have a strong interest in maintaining balance between school and person life.” When time is not spent studying, students often find plenty to do around the city of Columbia. “We go out on the weekends, go to sporting events, [and] study together.” The cost of living and playing here is very affordable in this college town. The “big university feel” is unmistakable, providing a wealth of entertainment, including “a number of bars.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
803-777-6605
Assistant Dean

Address
701 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone
803-777-6605

Email
usclaw@law.sc.edu