The Charleston School of Law requires all applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school prior to enrolling. A final transcript should be sent to LSAC from each degree-granting school denoting the degree was conferred.
If a transcript is not received in a timely manner after the start of classes, October 15 for fall enrollees and within four weeks of the date classes begin for spring enrollees, the student will be administratively withdrawn from classes and their offer of admission revoked.
All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the purpose of assessing the applicant’s capability of satisfactorily completing the educational program. LSAT scores are valid for five years, and in the case of multiple scores, the Charleston School of Law will use the high score. LSAC has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free LSAT prep. Applicants are also required to register with the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS). A current CAS Report is required to complete a file.
In an effort to increase the accessibility of law school, the Charleston School of Law will accept the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) beginning with the application for fall 2023 admission under the following conditions:
1. An applicant does not have a reportable LSAT score.
A. If an applicant has a reportable LSAT score on file at any time during the admissions process, the GRE score will not be considered.
B. If an applicant has been admitted with a GRE score, receipt of a subsequent LSAT score will result in a reevaluation of the applicant’s file and admission decision by the Admission Committee.
2. Applicants must submit all GRE scores from the past five years. Both total and individual section scores are required. The Admission Committee will evaluate scores from all sections of the GRE.
3. Applicants who choose to apply with only a GRE must submit an explanation for why they have chosen to take the GRE over the LSAT.
We encourage all applicants to take the LSAT; while some merit scholarships will be available for GRE applicants, the majority will be for those with an LSAT score.