Admitted Students Information
We'll admit it — we think South Carolina is an ideal place to begin your legal career. Here are ten reasons why we feel that way, but this is just scratching the surface of what South Carolina offers for its talented and motivated students.
- We're recognized as a Best Value Law School, not once or twice, but for the last 8 years in a row. National Jurist magazine consistently ranks the University of South Carolina School of Law among the best value law schools, taking into consideration factors such as student debt (ours is the 39th lowest in the nation), tuition, cost of living, employment, and bar passage results.
- Study where the law is made. Our location in South Carolina's capital city means our students are mentored by judges and lawyers starting on Day One of Orientation and continuing through three years of law school. Many students work with lawyers in their upper-level years. We offer a legislative externship program, along with five other externship programs for academic credit. The State House, Supreme Court, and Federal agencies are just down the street. In the classroom, courtroom, through part-time work, and in our mentoring and externship programs, you'll have unparalleled opportunities to network with — and learn from — leaders in the profession.
- A broad range of classes offered lets you tailor your education to the area of law that interests you. We have a wide-range of experiential and clinical learning experiences. You can earn a concentration in Children's Law. Our Environmental Law program includes not just electives and multiple dual-degree programs, but a six-week intensive summer course in environmental and coastal land use planning that puts you "on the beach" where issues of coastal preservation, offshore energy, climate change, and economic development come face to face. Interested in International Law, Policy, and Human Rights? The South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative is a multidisciplinary policy research initiative bringing together scholars and practitioners in law, public health, education, criminal justice, environmental, technology, and other fields, all committed to bringing the fair, accountable, efficient, and ethical rule of law to all nations. South Carolina is the only U.S. law school to offer a study abroad program at one of the four London Inns of Court, where every barrister and judge in England and Wales trains.
- Learn to lead with the power of a South Carolina law degree. According to a March 2015 National Jurist article, South Carolina is tied for #7 among U.S. law schools in having the most graduates in the 114th Congress. Our Konduros Leadership Development Program offers a 6-month small group leadership course modeled after similar programs for new professionals. Your path to leadership could begin here.
- Foster a lifetime commitment to service in the community. Our award-winning pro bono program was the first purely voluntary pro bono program in a law school nationwide. It now offers nearly two dozen programs for law-related community volunteer work and our graduates frequently are recognized for their continued commitment to the community after graduation.
- You will study with faculty who are leading national authorities in their fields, ranging from emerging liability issues connected with driverless vehicles to criminal law and policing to complex financial transactions. Many of our upper-class students serve as research assistants for faculty and work closely with them outside of class.
- Broaden your legal education with a graduate degree in one of our 12 established dual-degree programs, including the #1 ranked international business MBA, social work, public health, mass communications, and earth and environmental resource management.
- Experience our state-of-the-art new building in 2017. It will feature student spaces that encourage group study and casual interaction with other students, along with around-the-clock access to accommodate your study schedule. For those wanting quieter spaces, it will have a traditional reading room. Classrooms, courtrooms, and student study areas will all be equipped fully with access to the latest technology. A working courtroom will offer students easy access to observe actual trials from state and federal courts.
- We're committed to serving those who served. USC is veteran friendly. We have 5 Yellow Ribbon slots, which bring the non-resident tuition down to the cost of resident tuition. There is an active and engaged law student organization for service members and veterans. Get in touch — we'd love to meet you!
- Extracurricular and co-curricular activities abound. Our Mock Trial and Moot Court competition teams participate in major regional and national events and have won major competitions in recent years. Student organizations reflect the diversity of our student population and bring students together with common goals. Four law journals offer ample opportunity for students to participate in the writing, editing, and publication of legal scholarship.