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Goals of the School


The Forensic Club

Charleston School of Law is rooted in tradition. In fact, its origins predate the formation of the oldest law school in the country.

In 1825, a group of Charleston attorneys chartered The Forensic Club, a place to provide lectures on the law. In February 1826, The Forensic Club offered lectures in the law to begin what essentially was the South's earliest law school.

This 19th century tradition of law continues today through Charleston School of Law, which selects a limited number of graduates to become members of the Forensic Club based on demonstrated leadership, professionalism, public service and academic commitment.

Charleston School of Law Mission

Within the historic City of Charleston,

  • To teach students through a rigorous, skills-based study program;
  • To teach the practice of law as a profession, having as its chief aim providing public service;
  • To institute and coordinate legal outreach programs to the South Carolina and American Bars, local, state and federal governments, as well as to the general population; and
  • To provide an inclusive, diverse environment in which to encourage and foster collegial, collaborative and professional relationships among students, faculty, staff and the community.