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Charleston School of Law offers a unique summer program for our top-ranked incoming first-year students. As a participant in the Summer Honors Program, you have the opportunity to participate in meaningful discussions about social justice issues, learn the importance of giving back as a lawyer through pro bono work, and begin networking with our alumni. The program not only allows you to earn credit hours but also exposes you to law school in an intimate setting prior to beginning a full course load in the fall semester. The skills and experiences you will gain from the program will prepare you to be successful in law school and as a future leader in the legal community.

Access to Justice Seminar

The Charleston School of Law motto is pro bono populi, or “for the good of the people”. As such, we teach our students the importance of using their legal education to provide public service. Through this seminar, you will discuss and learn the role lawyers can play in helping to alleviate social justice issues our world is currently facing.

Pro Bono

As part of the Charleston School of Law’s mission to instill within its students a commitment to public service, each student is required to complete 50 hours of pro bono service before graduation. This entails completing law-related work under the supervision of licensed attorneys practicing in the public interest legal sector. During the Summer Honors Program, you can choose to begin satisfying this requirement by participating in about three hours of pro bono service. These hours will take place outside of the regularly scheduled class time.

Alumni Mentor

One of the most valuable resources available to our students is our network of alumni. As part of the Summer Honors Program, alumni will serve as guest speakers and be present for class sessions. You will be exposed to various practice areas, the basics of law practice, and have the opportunity to engage and network with these practicing attorneys. These alumni will serve as some of your first mentors as you begin your law school journey.


Upon completing the Summer Honors Program, you will receive two credit hours for the seminar. It will be graded pass/fail, which means the credits count towards your total required for graduation but do not impact your GPA. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete the first three hours of your 50 hour pro bono service requirement.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the Summer Honors Program, you must:

  • Be accepted into the incoming 1L class
  • Be invited into the Summer Honors Program
  • Pay your first seat deposit of $300
  • Notify the Office of Admission by May 23
  • Attend the mandatory mini-orientation session on May 31 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

After these steps are fulfilled, the Registrar’s Office will enroll you in the program. The program will follow the summer session calendar. You should refer to the Academic Calendar for the summer session start and end dates.



The class will meet in classroom B220 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon – 2:00 p.m. It will include a short break. The first day of class will be Tuesday, May 31, and the last day will be Thursday, July 28. 

There will also be a mandatory mini-orientation session on May 31 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

There will be no final exam, but students may be required to complete short written assignments on the topics covered.

You should expect to physically be present in the seminar at least four (4) hours/week. Reading assignments for the seminar will take an additional estimated six (6) hours/week. You will also be required to be present at the three hour pro bono session. 

There will also be a mandatory mini-orientation session on May 31 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

No. Students will be responsible for finding their own housing. Helpful resources can be found on the Accepted Student webpage.

Yes. The Freedom of Speech class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and will not conflict with the honors program.

No. Students will not be enrolled in enough credit hours to qualify for federal student aid. However, the program itself is free. Students will only be responsible for their personal expenses, such as housing, food, transportation, etc.