Charleston School of Law

The Charleston School of Law (CSOL) is an independent, private law school in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 2003, the Charleston School of Law is one of only two law schools in South Carolina, the other being the University of South Carolina School of Law. On May 19, 2007, the Charleston School of Law graduated its first class of 186 students at a ceremony held at the Citadel. Former South Carolina U.S. senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings delivered the main remarks. He, South Carolina Chief Justice Jean H. Toal, and Fourth Circuit Chief Judge Wilkins received honorary degrees.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.charlestonlaw.edu/
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) info@charlestonlaw.edu
Location (Location) Charleston, SC
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Quick Facts

Founded : 2003
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : No

Rankings

US News Week : N/A
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 146
Median GPA : 2.89
Acceptance Rate : 74%


Charleston Law School Admissions

Charleston Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 74% of its applicants. Comparatively, Charleston is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2021 1165 854 (73.30%) 85 (7.3%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 2.59 2.89 3.21
LSAT 143 146 149

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $40,116 $40,116
Part Time $32,256 $32,256
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $22,607
Living off-campus: $22,607
Living at home: $22,607

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : N/A
Application Fee : N/A

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Charleston Law School Community

Charleston Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Charleston is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 23
  • Part Time : 32

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 23
  • # Minority Faculty : 6

RATIO

15.4 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

Charleston Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Charleston School of Law 1L section size is 50% smaller than law schools in South Carolina and 87% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Charleston Law School: 78
South Carolina Average: 117
PRIVATE School Average: 146
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 707
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 0
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 67
  • Law Journals : 68
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 29.9%
  • Second Year : 3.5%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Charleston Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Charleston School of Law class of 2016 had an employment rate of 81% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

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In 2016, 89.2%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 49.0%
  • Business: 17.0%
  • Government: 6.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • South Carolina: 75%
  • Georgia: 4%
  • North Carolina: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 89.2%
  • First Time Takers: 167
  • Average School: 69.8%
  • Average State: 73.4%
  • Pass Difference: -3.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • South Carolina : 73.4%
  • Passed : 104 of 149 (69.8%)
  • State Average : 73.4%
  • Difference : -3.6%