Charleston School of Law

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The School received full accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA) on Aug. 4, 2011. The Charleston School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

For students who entered in fall 2021, per semester tuition is $21,170 for full-time J.D. students and $17,010 for part-time J.D. students. All students pay a $60 per semester Student Bar Association fee and a $457 per semester Student Success Fee. There is no separate tuition rate for out-of-state students.

Applications for admission to the Charleston School of Law are available online at LSAC.org. For more information, deadlines, and application steps, please visit our How to Apply page.

Charleston School of Law offers both full-time and part-time options leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The standard course load is 15 credit hours per semester for full-time students. Part-time students are enrolled in nine (9) credit hours their first semester, 10 credit hours their second semester, and 9-12 credit hours in subsequent semesters. It is expected that students enrolling in the full-time division starting with the fall semester will graduate in three years and those who are part-time will graduate in four years.

All required courses and most elective courses meet on campus between Monday and Friday, and students must be physically present. There may be an occasional elective course offered online or on a weekend.

Charleston School of Law offers is at the heart of America’s #1 City. Our campus is  located within Charleston’s bustling upper King Street district. Known for its one-of-a-kind shops, fine dining options, and a wide variety of arts, entertainment, and nightlife.

The Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library is a signature structure on campus. The facility is historic in nature. Originally known as the Camden Railyard Depot, the circa 1850 building is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Affectionately referred to as the “Best Friend of Charleston,” the building is considered one of the best extant antebellum buildings associated with early railroad development in the South. Since its origins, the building has been artfully restored and serves as a hub for studies and research.

The school also has offices and classrooms at the adjacent building at 385 Meeting Street and 494 King Street.

Based on updated CDC guidance, the following COVID-19 related policies are in effect until further notice.

On-Campus Policies:

These policies are applicable to all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors.  To ensure consistency with CDC guidance, these policies will apply uniformly through the Law School; individual managers or faculty members may not adopt separate rules for departments, classes, or events.

  1. Do not come to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.
  2. If you are on campus and begin to experience symptoms, leave campus immediately.
  3. Wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer frequently.
  4. Masks/Face Coverings:  Until further notice, you must wear a mask or face covering which covers your nose and mouth at all times while on campus, except between bites or sips while eating or drinking, or if you are an employee alone in your personal office.

For Students who are Experiencing COVID symptoms, who have tested positive, or who have been exposed: Please read the attached document and follow instructions.