The School of Law at University of South Carolina

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Lewis Hutchison
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of South Carolina

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 36.5% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.35
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 36.5%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.08-3.63
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.35
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./I.M.B.A.
J.D./M.E.E.R.M.
J.D./M.E.L.P.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Third-year students develop skills in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, and trial advocacy in the Criminal Practice, Consumer Bankruptcy, Federal Litigation, Nonprofit Organizations, or Veterans’ Rights clinics. Externships are offered in foreign legal practice, children’s law, and as judicial clerks. A summer program in London focuses on transnational dispute resolution.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 108
Seminars 18
Positions available in seminars 318
Positions available in simulation courses 524
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 71
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Five law journals offer in-depth research, editing, and writing experience. Moot court and mock trial teams compete regionally and nationally. Our Pro Bono Program, the first in the nation, engages law students in service as guardians ad litem, tax preparation, and intake at the free medical clinic, and many others. Thirty active student organizations enrich the life of the law school community.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 71
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 302
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 442
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 65
Full-time students involved in field placements 28
Full-time students involved in law journals 173
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 45
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 102

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 0
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.4:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 53
Full-time minority faculty 12.1%
Part-time minority faculty 10.0%
Total faculty 67
Total faculty (men) 64.2%
Total faculty (women) 35.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 10.4%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#109 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#81 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 39
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.3
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.08-3.63
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.35
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158
Acceptance rate 36.5% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 16.4:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 25.2% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.4% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 86.6% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar SC
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 79.7%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 666

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 665

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 1

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 4.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 3.6%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 3.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.8%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Lewis Hutchison
Financial aid phone (803) 777-6605
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $21,026 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $42,072 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,979
Books $1,000
Miscellaneous expenses $3,920
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 55.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.7%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.5%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.3%
Median grant amount $18,676
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$18,676
Full-time students receiving grants 61.2%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $82,242
Proportion who borrowed 85.6%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 59,856
Microform titles 20,468
Electronic titles 21,839
Other non-book titles 15,811
Total titles 117,974
Volumes (excluding microforms) 284,485
Volume equivalent microforms 276,093
Total volumes and volume equivalents 560,578
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 34,911
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 99
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 48
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 52
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 6
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 55
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 48
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 10
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 5

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 6
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 12
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 30
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 47,066
Total seats available for library users 523
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Law Library houses major research collection of over 500,000 volumes; extensive electronic databases; & several special collections. Professional librarians provide reference assistance in person and via email and teach basic and advanced legal research. Open 99 hours a week, more during exams. Open and closed study carrels, large and small group study rooms, and ample soft seating available.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar SC
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 86.6% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 79.7%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 214
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 25.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 8.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 91.6%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 25.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 59.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 4.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 8.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.3%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $45,000
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $85,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 41%
Median public service starting salary $46,598

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.3%
Percent employed in business and industry 9.9%
Percent employed in government 17.4%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 25.0%
Percent employed in law firms 41.9%
Percent employed in public interest 3.5%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 74%
Graduates employed out-of-state 25.6%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 21
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.7%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.2%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.2%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 90.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.7%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.6%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Office of Career Services serves as liaison between students and legal employers and offers services to equip students with the skills and information necessary for a successful employment search. Services available include individual counseling, resume writing and interviewing seminars, on-campus interviews, and participation in job fairs. The Office uses the Symplicity web based system.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) N/A
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 96.6%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) N/A
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) N/A
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) N/A
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 60.0%

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