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South Carolina Honors College

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Students in the Honors College who identify as pre-law have a tangible advantage when it comes to applying to the University of South Carolina School of Law. You may even be able to shorten the amount of time it takes to get your J.D.

Our Path for Aspiring Lawyers

The Honors College offers two paths for aspiring lawyers. Our partnership program with USC’s School of Law grants Honors College students automatic admission. Honors students can also take advantage of our fast-track B.A. (B.S.)/J.D. degree program, which combines undergraduate and law school credits so that students can earn a law degree in just six years.

USC Law School Admission Partnership Program

Our partnership program means that qualified Honors College graduates are automatically admitted to USC Law School, provided that they meet the character and fitness standards for admission.


  • graduate with a 3.5 GPA with honors from the Honors College
  • an LSAT score of at least 158
  • a letter of support from the Dean of the Honors College

Financial Support

All applicants will be eligible for scholarship review. Residents who earn a 160 or higher on the LSAT will receive financial support of at least $5,000 per year. Nonresidents who earn a 160 or higher on their LSATS will receive substantially reduced tuition.

Six-Year B.A. (B.S.) / J.D. Degree

Our six-year B.A. (B.S.) / J.D. degree combines credits to help you complete your undergraduate degree and law school in only six years, saving time and money by shaving a full year off your total school time.

Students who want to take advantage of this program usually start planning at the beginning of their sophomore year. You must be able to complete your undergraduate program, including your senior thesis, by August of your fourth year (your first year of law school). Up to nine credit hours of your law program may be counted toward your undergraduate degree.


All students in good standing in the Honors College and on track for graduation with honors are eligible to apply. To be competitive for admission, students need to:

  • have considerable advanced standing credits (24 hours) or be willing to attend summer school
  • earn a score of at least 160 on the LSAT
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5

Financial Support

Students can apply the fourth year of their university and state (LIFE and Palmetto) scholarships toward their first year of law school.

Other Law Schools

While the advantage of going to USC's School of Law is undeniable, if you're interested in other law schools, you'll also receive personalized attention and advice on how to successfully apply wherever you choose to go. We encourage you to contact the Office of Pre-Professional Advising as soon as you decide to identify as pre-law. Through that office, you can also take advantage of programs like the Maymester study abroad option offered in partnership with the Department of Political Science.