Overview

Applicants
1,100
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.02
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
184

Test Scores

LSAT
142 - 149

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
70

44.3
Female
17.1
Minority


Students Say

Charleston School of Law is one of the South’s premiere legal programs. Armed with a “challenging curriculum” and “emphasis on practical skills,” the School of Law has managed to attract “some of the biggest legal influences in the state of South Carolina.” Students greatly benefit from studying with professors who have incredibly diverse professional backgrounds including “retired Deans from top law schools, district attorneys, former partners, and associates in ‘Big Law’ firms in large cities, and some of the top local attorneys in South Carolina.” Not surprisingly, these professors “do a great job of bringing practical and ‘real life’ issues to the classroom.” And while teachers here certainly “keep you on your toes in class with the Socratic method,” students can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they “[won’t] belittle you.”
In addition to their impressive credentials and towering intellect, it’s obvious that professors at Charleston “truly care about their students.” Importantly, they “do an excellent job in making themselves available outside of the classroom.” A first-year student elaborates, “The faculty employ an open door policy in which students can come to their office hours to get help if they are falling behind or simply to clarify a minor topic. The professors actually get upset if students don’t come and take advantage of their openness. They don’t try and hide the ball from you and want their students to be the best lawyers they can be.”
This friendliness and accessibility also extends to the administration. The deans, who “are a pleasure to work with,” really “take the time to get to know the students personally.” They “portray a positive attitude at all times and are dedicated to making the school the best it can be.” A second-year wholeheartedly supports this notion exclaiming, “A large majority of the administrators know my name and year before I walk through the door, and everyone works hard to cultivate a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere.”
Charleston’s infrastructure and amenities do leave a little bit to be desired. As a third-year student admonishes, “Facilities need upgrading, for a more professional experience/appearance.” A first-year student quickly adds, “The library is small and lacks the print resources of some other law schools.” Of course, a more understanding peer counters, “With today’s growing dependency on technology and the increasing availability of online material, I don’t find these issues to be a problem. I always have a quiet seat in the library when I go to study and enough room in my classes to comfortably take notes and follow along.”

Career overview

% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
81%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Graduates Employed by Area


Graduates Employed by Region

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
May 15
Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$48,826

% Students Receiving Some Aid
93%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,596
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,823
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,250
Fees
$120

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
417
Parent Institution Enrollement
417

Average Age at Entry
26

% International
1%

Demographics

23.10%
% Under-represented Minorities

87% are full time
13% are part time
52% female
48% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Charleston School of Law prides itself on the fact that it “doesn’t have the cutthroat mentality that so many law schools are rumored to [possess].” Indeed, “people generally seem very willing to help one another out, send each other outlines, and review material together.” As one relieved third-year shares, “It certainly has made the otherwise intimidating culture of law school more of a non-factor so that students can concentrate on studies more.” Moreover, “we work hard in Charleston to cultivate an atmosphere of civility and camaraderie within the student body, and I believe that will continue to be achieved…. I am thankful that our student body is helpful, encouraging, and genuinely happy to hear about my success.” A classmate concurs adding, “The overall environment is collegiate, cooperative, stimulating, and above all else, welcoming.”
These future JDs can also take advantage of “great connections with the Charleston legal community, and surrounding cities.” What’s more, these lucky students have access to “amazing speakers and potential opportunities for externships, internships, and various other programs.” Students also rave about hometown Charleston, a “fantastic,” “beautiful,” and “historic” city. As a second-year student boasts, “The location is also second to none. I don’t know if [there] is a better place to go to law school than in Charleston. With its world class restaurants, bars, history, culture, white sand beaches, and gorgeous weather, Charleston has everything a law student could desire while taking a break from the stress of classes.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Jacqueline Bell
Assistant Dean of Admission

Address
P.O. Box 535
Charleston, SC 29402

Phone
843-377-2143

Email
info@charlestonlaw.edu