University of South Carolina Law School

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Founded in 1867, the University of South Carolina School of Law remains in downtown Columbia. The mission of the School of Law is to teach law through in-depth study; to contribute through faculty and student research to the common good, to the fund of legal knowledge, and to legal development and reform; and to cooperate with state government, the community, and the organized Bar in developing and implementing appropriate programs in legal research, law reform, criminal justice reform, and continuing legal education. The School is home to the South Carolina Law Review, the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust, and Probate Journal, the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, and the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business. With the founding of the Charleston School of Law and its recent accreditation, USC School of Law is no longer the sole resource for a legal education in South Carolina.

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SC Law School Admissions

SC Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 59% of its applicants. Comparatively, Southcarolina is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1262 739 (58.56%) 201 (15.9%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.00 3.30 3.56
LSAT 152 154 157

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $24,208 $48,472
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $18,174
  • Living off-campus: $18,174
  • Living at home: $9,526

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $60

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SC Law School Community

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

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 35
  • Part Time: 40


  • # Female Faculty: 34
  • # Minority Faculty: 4


17.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

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

SC 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. SC Law School 1L section size is 25% larger than law schools in South Carolina and 16% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

SC Law School: 157
South Carolina Average: 117
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 705
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 78

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 56
  • Law Journals: 156
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 3.3%
  • Second Year: 4.4%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

SC Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The SC Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 90% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 76.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 50.0%
  • Business: 13.0%
  • Government: 16.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • South Carolina: 72%
  • North Carolina: 6%
  • Florida: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 76.0%
  • First Time Takers: 192
  • Average School: 78.8%
  • Average State: 73.4%
  • Pass Difference: 5.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • South Carolina: 73.4%
  • Passed: 115 of 146 (78.8%)
  • State Average: 73.4%
  • Difference: 5.4%