Congratulations once again on your admission to the University of South Carolina School of Law, and a very warm welcome to the Carolina Law community. We'll be contacting you periodically throughout the summer to bring you information to make your transition to the Law School as smooth as possible. Please be very sure that we have up-to-date contact information on file for you. If your undergraduate email address is expiring soon, please update the Admissions Office with your new address. We don't want you to miss anything!
There are a number of important requirements outlined here. Please read all items carefully, as many of the pre-enrollment requirements must be met before you can be registered for classes or enroll in the School of Law. Items marked with a '**' must be completed before you can be registered for classes the week of July 15. There will be a hold on your record until you have completed all pre-enrollment requirements.
The first step in the enrollment process is getting your student account set up on Self Service Carolina. Self Service Carolina (SSC) is where students and faculty go to manage their personal information and perform many common, day-to-day transactions. Students will use SSC to register for classes, manage their financial aid information, and view their class schedule and grades. To sign onto SSC for the first time, you will need your VIP ID, the last four digits of your social security number, and your date of birth. You have been sent your VIP ID in an email from the Admissions Office. If you did not receive that email or have misplaced your VIP ID, call us at 803.777.6605 so that we can provide it to you again. Once you sign onto SSC, you will be prompted to set up a password. When you have set your password, you can return to the Self Service Carolina (SSC) home page to log in.
Not all the tabs on SSC are available to law students. First-year law students are assigned to class sections, so you cannot register for classes. The housing tab applies only to on-campus housing, which few if any law students choose. You will be able to view your schedule later this summer after you are assigned to sections and you have completed all of the pre-enrollment requirements outlined in this email.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Under the 'Personal Information' tab on SSC, you can change your mailing address, email address, and other contact information on record with the University of South Carolina. Please be aware that for the next couple of months the School of Law will continue to use the email address provided on your application for admission. If you change your email address using SSC, it will not change your email address on the admissions office database. You must call us at 803.777.6605 or email us at email@example.com with your new contact information. We apologize for the extra work, but the University is in the midst of the transition to the Self Service Carolina system, and during this transition period, the two systems do not yet talk to each other. You should also be aware that some University offices, notably Financial Aid, will use your new University of South Carolina email address, so you should follow the instructions on Self Service Carolina to access your University network username and password to set up that account.
All students must have an Immunization Form on file with the Thompson Student Health Center. New USC students will need to submit the form found at http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/gm/imm/ by July 1. If your form has not been received and processed at the time that 1L students are registered for classes the week of July 15, you will not be able to access your preliminary class schedule! It can take 7-10 days for the Health Center to process your immunization form, so please get it in as soon as possible. Incoming first-year law students who attended USC as an undergraduate within the last five years may already have this form on file and can call the Immunization Office at 803.777.9511 to check to see if a new form will be required.
Health insurance is available to law students and their dependents under the University's group health insurance plan. Please note that although the University's website says that proof of health insurance is mandatory, that requirement does not apply to law students unless you are employed as graduate assistant in your second or third year. The University's plan is sponsored by AIG; visit their website at http://www.studentinsurance.com/Schools/SC/USC/default.asp for details. Information and premiums for the 2013-2014 academic year will be posted during the summer.
American Bar Association accreditation standards require that we have on file an official final transcript showing award of your undergraduate degree, sent directly to the School of Law from the Registrar's Office at your undergraduate institution. This must come to us in the form of a paper copy with the seal of your undergraduate institution. Electronic transcripts, unofficial transcripts, or transcripts issued directly to the student do not satisfy this requirement. The copy of your transcript that was included with your LSAT/LSDAS report is a photocopy and does not satisfy this requirement. We must receive your official transcript by July 1.
The transcript should be mailed to:
Admissions Office, Suite 105
University of South Carolina School of Law
701 South Main Street
Columbia SC 29208
If for any reason you are unable to submit a transcript (if, for example, you are finishing your graduation requirements in summer school and will not receive a degree until later in the year) please call Dean Palmer at 803.777.6605 to explain the circumstances. Unless you have been given a waiver, you will not be able to get your class schedule until you have submitted your final transcript!
Under South Carolina law, lawful presence in the United States must be verified before enrollment at any public institution of higher education. For that reason, all USC students are required to present proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S. before enrolling. You will have to complete the citizenship verification process by July 1 to get your class schedule or enroll in August! To access the Citizenship Verification Form and applicable instructions, please go to http://registrar.sc.edu/html/citizenshipverification.stm.
Questions should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar, 803.777.5555.
Law students seeking in-state status for tuition purposes must complete the South Carolina Residency Certification process. Go to the Residency Certification tab on Self Service Carolina or on the web at http://www.sc.edu/bursar/instate.shtml for forms and instructions. If you identified yourself on your application for admission as a South Carolina resident and have not completed the Residency Certification process and been approved for in-state status at the time bills are generated in July, you will be billed for full non-resident tuition!
If you are applying for financial aid, including Direct Stafford Student Loans, Direct GradPlus Loans, or private loans, and you have not already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please do it now! The FAFSA is available on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Designate the University of South Carolina as a recipient of your Student Aid Report (SAR). The FAFSA Code for USC is 003448. If you have already submitted your FAFSA, you can check the status of your financial aid application through Self Service Carolina. If you are selected for Federal Verification, the Financial Aid Office will notify you of any additional documentation you need to submit via an e-mail to your USC e-mail account. USC's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships has a helpful website with a financial aid checklist: http://www.sc.edu/financialaid/checklists/incoming_graduate_and_professionals/default.html.
If you were awarded a scholarship and do not yet see it posted on Self Service Carolina, please do not worry. Individual scholarships have to be designated as coming from particular funds, and because these funds have different criteria, it may take several weeks after the confirmation deposit deadline to get each student's award allocated to the right fund. Then, the Financial Aid Office has to post the awards, and only then can the Bursar's Office apply the award to your student account where you can see it.
If you have any outstanding parking fines or other financial obligations to the University, now is the time to clear those up! The Bursar's Office will put a hold on your law school registration if you owe money to the University.
Incoming students can purchase parking permits now at the University's Office of Parking Services in the Pendleton Street Garage, at the corner of Pickens and Pendleton Streets, Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00. The parking services website with rules, maps, and permit prices is at http://www.sc.edu/vmps/park.html. Students also will be able to purchase permits online later in the summer; we will post a link to the site once it is live.
If you need a letter verifying your intention to enroll in August, please contact the Admissions Office at 803.777.6605. We can provide you with a letter stating that you have been offered admission, have paid all required deposits, and are expected to enroll as a full-time student in the School of Law on August 19, 2013. For most purposes, such as continuing coverage under a parent's health insurance policy or to document enrollment for an outside scholarship, this letter is sufficient. For student loan deferrals or other programs for which enrollment certification is required, you will need to wait until mid-August, and then you can request an enrollment certification from the University Registrar. Neither the law school Registrar's Office nor the Admissions Office can issue an enrollment certification for student loan deferrals.
Orientation for first-year students will be held Monday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 21. Classes begin on Thursday, August 22. Attendance at orientation is required. Students who do not sign in at orientation on August 19 risk losing their place in the class and any financial aid commitment. Watch for an orientation schedule in future mailings!