South Carolina Law welcomes Class of 2022
The School of Law welcomed 213 new first-year students on August 14. Students were selected from 1,335 applicants and come from as far away as California and Rhode Island.
The School of Law welcomed 213 new first-year students on August 14. Students were selected from 1,335 applicants and come from as far away as California and Rhode Island.
The School of Law will co-host a free half-day conference, "Understanding and Combating Domestic Violence in Indian Country," on Friday, Aug. 16.
Thanks to the General Assembly's reinvestment in higher education, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees was able to allocate resources in a way that reduces law school tuition for South Carolina residents by more than $5,000.
The School of Law has joined a growing list of schools that seek to make the admission process more accessible to highly qualified and motivated students of all backgrounds by accepting the GRE and GMAT in addition to the LSAT.
The director of the School of Law's Veterans Legal Clinic will be one of the 30 veterans to be included in the Columbia Fireflies' 2019 Military Heroes Baseball Card set.
Applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual Media Law School, an intensive seminar that teaches journalists about the law, to be held Sept. 18-21.
South Carolina Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply through June 30 for the 2019 distribution of public interest loan forgiveness funds.
On May 10, the School of Law held commencement exercises on the historic Horseshoe for the Class of 2019. Harry Lightsey III, a 1981 alumnus and son of former South Carolina Law Dean Harry Lightsey Jr. was the speaker.
The 2019 Cybersecurity Legal Institute at the School of Law will help organizations learn how to manage cyber risk and be prepared to respond to a potentially devastating cyberattack.
2009 alumnus Adam B. Landy credits his experiences and professors at South Carolina Law for helping him get to where he is today: the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in Baltimore, Maryland.
The recipients of the 2019 Compleat Lawyer Awards have been announced, and the winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on April 4.
Prof. Elizabeth Chambliss flips the script on tackling barriers to access to justice, with a focus on "Marketing Legal Assistance." Her essay appears in a special volume on access to justice published by Daedalus, the academic journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
For the 27th year, volunteer law students will provide free tax filing assistance to low-income and elderly South Carolinians. Assistance will be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays from Feb. 16 until March 30.
Prof. Seth Stoughton has organized a March 1 conference that will examine some of the most important issues in modern policing--including police use of force. The event features two community talks that are open to the public.
On February 11, the Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom will transform into a theatre to tell the story of an iconic trial lawyer known for his courtroom theatrics--Clarence Darrow.
The South Carolina Law Review's 2019 symposium will examine the implications of the opioid epidemic on the practice of healthcare and tort law, as well as legislative and law enforcement efforts to respond to the crisis.
Professors Derek W. Black, Susan S. Kuo (pictured), Joseph A. Seiner and Ned Snow were recently appointed to endowed chairs or named professorships.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, the University of South Carolina School of Law held a hooding ceremony for its 16 December 2018 graduates.
Richie Gergel was one of the South Carolina Law students who recently worked with Uber and Virgin Hyperloop One to help shape the future of transportation.
New scholarship by South Carolina law professors takes aim at the "status quo" to improve outcomes for domestic violence victims and juveniles facing potential incarceration.
1984 alumna Karen Painter Randall, a nationally recognized authority in cybersecurity, will be heading up the new Cybersecurity Legal Task Force at South Carolina Law.
Aaron Greene '19 spent the summer in New York City as one of only 12 law students nationwide selected as an Ella Baker Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Thanks to hard work and dedication, South Carolina Law's Mock Trial and Moot Court teams have broken school records for their accomplishments during the fall competition season.
Women in Law, a student organization of the School of Law, raised more than $3,000 to support Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands through its annual WIL to Run 5k in September.
Anna Catherine "AC" Parham received one of the inaugural "Fresh Voices in the Humanities" awards from the South Carolina Humanities Council for her work in bringing humanities-based education opportunities to victims of violence.
A Cybersecurity Legal Task Force has been created at South Carolina Law to better inform the legal profession and the public on cyber threat information and strategies to minimize the risk of a cyberattack. The task force will be led by Karen Painter Randall (left).
Two South Carolina Law mock trial teams made it to the semifinal round of the 2018 Palmetto State Classic Competition on October 19-21. The teams were ranked first and second overall after three preliminary rounds, and also received other team and individual honors.
Second-year student Maya Grace Slaughter was named "Best Oralist" in the 2018 Kate Bockman Memorial Second-Year Moot Court Competition, which was held on October 8 at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. The other three finalists included Adam Crain, Micah Chetta, and Georgia Higgins.
For the fourth year in a row, students selected to be Konduros Public Service Fellows were placed with public interest organizations, government entities, or non-profits during the summer to pursue creative solutions to some of South Carolina's most challenging legal issues.
The Mockingbird Challenge, considered one of the toughest fall law school mock trial competitions in the nation, culminated on Saturday, Sept. 30 with a victory for the University of South Carolina School of Law Mock Trial team.
As a student in the Domestic Violence Clinic, 2018 alumna Elle Klein not only helped her clients find relief from their abusers, she also wrote and published a guide that will help many more do the same.
The School of Law welcomed 215 first-year students into its new home to be members of the Class of 2021. They were chosen from a pool of 1,452 applicants--an increase of 9.5 percent over 2017 figures.
Under the direction of law professor Joel Samuels, the Rule of Law Collaborative was recently awarded two gifts that will support research on the role of sheriffs across the U.S., and also help developing, fragile and post-conflict countries in building the rule of law.
For the 10th year in a row, incoming law students will be joined by faculty, staff, and their peer mentors to make a difference in 14 locations across the Midlands.
Indigent and low-income veterans living in South Carolina will soon have access to free legal services thanks to a new Veterans Legal Clinic that will open Monday, July 2 at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
South Carolina Supreme Court Justice and 1988 alumnus John C. Few launches a new website to match attorneys with South Carolinians seeking pro bono services.
2015 alumna Alysja Carlisle says the scholarship she received enabled her to attend South Carolina Law. She and her husband recently decided to pay it forward by establishing a scholarship to help future law students.
Separated by 50 years, two history-making alumni, I.S. Leevy Johnson '68 (pictured) and Chelsea Evans '18, sat down for a conversation about race relations at the law school and the transcendence of success.
Meet Clyde "Bennett" Gore Jr., a clinical instructor and the director of the law school's new Veteran's Legal Clinic which opens this July. Learn more about Bennett's own military service and why this new initiative is so crucial.
A law professor at the School of Law since 2007, Nelson assumes her new responsibilities on June 18. She replaces Professor Jaclyn Cherry, who had served in the position since 2014 and will return to teaching.
The University of South Carolina School of Law will enrich how it cultivates future leaders thanks to a $1.035 million gift from the Konduros Fisherman Fund. It is the second gift of more than $1 million to the School of Law by the fund.
School of Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply for the 2018 distribution of funds by the end of the month.
On Friday, May 11, commencement exercises were held for the School of Law's Class of 2018 on the University of South Carolina's historic Horseshoe. Read about the final lesson students received and access photos from the ceremony.
Insects are regularly consumed by an estimated two billion people around the world, as a way to address food insecurity. Prof. Marie Boyd's research shows how a lack of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration is impacting the growing insect food industry in the U.S.
Hazel A. Bridges '19 received a prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship in February. She says the fellowship will help her carry on a family legacy of public service.
The University of South Carolina School of Law's Mock Trial team was ranked #13 in the country for its performance in the 2016-2017 season. As the current competition season wrapped-up in March 2018, the team proved that these accolades are well-deserved.
The 21st Critical Tax Theory Conference will be hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Law on April 14-15. Critical tax scholars from around the nation will present their current research to an expert audience.
The recipients of the 2018 Compleat Lawyer Awards have been announced, and the winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on April 19.
For the past 17 years, the Young Lawyer's Division of the South Carolina Bar has collected dresses, accessories and monetary donations for the Cinderella Project, which helps South Carolina high school girls be able to attend their prom.
David Leggett was named "Best Oralist" during the annual J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition, held at the Supreme Court of South Carolina.
We are sad to announce the passing of distinguished professor emeritus William "Bill" McAninch on February 23. Retiring in 2002, his impact is still felt at the law school through the Public Interest Law Loan Forgiveness Fund.
The 2018 Knowlton Lecture has been CANCELED due to the winter storm that has hit the Northeast and grounded Dean Gerken's flight to Columbia. The lecture will be rescheduled for a later date.
Professor W. Lewis Burke will draw from his new book, "All for Civil Rights," to deliver a talk on the history of South Carolina's African-American lawyers and their legal education. The lecture will be held on March 28 at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
On January 30, Judge Dennis W. Shedd joined Judge Paul V. Niemeyer and Judge William B. Traxler, Jr., on a Fourth Circuit panel to hear oral arguments at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
For the 26th year, volunteer law students will provide free tax filing assistance to low-income and elderly South Carolinians. Assistance will be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays from February 17 until March 31.
As women around the world rise up and make their voices heard, the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina Office of the Provost looks to amplify the discussion with a timely symposium, “Women as Agents of Change in Rule of Law.”
For 2017 law graduate Whitney Kamerzel, the school's global reach is the reason she chose to attend the School of Law in the first place. The Florida Keys native knew she wanted to practice law in the South, but also wanted to be a part of an international legal practice.
The Black Law Student Association hosted a screening of "Rikers: An American Prison," followed by a discussion panel on prison reform. The event was a part of the university's larger MLK week lineup.
It's a family affair that started more than 100 years ago, when Clint Graydon graduated from the University of South Carolina law program in 1913.
Assistant Professor Lisa Martin says being elected co-vice president of the Clinical Legal Education Association is her chance to give back to an organization that has enhanced her legal teaching experience.
This program places law students in volunteer positions during the summer. The program gives students an invaluable experience, while also enriching the community through charitable work.
The South Carolina Law Review will host a symposium on February 9, 2018. It will explore the legal, ethical, and practical implications of the increasing use of artificial intelligence on the practice of law.
Seven law librarians at the University of South Carolina School of Law, who teach legal research to law students, successfully petitioned the South Carolina Supreme Court to streamline a legal citation requirement.
On November 2-4, the ABA Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Journal welcomed more than 100 attendees to a symposium that commemorated the 25th anniversary of one of the state's landmark cases, Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.
Editors of the ABA Journal have selected Associate Dean for Faculty Development Colin Miller to the 2017 ABA Journal Web 100, in two categories, as a part of the 100 best digital media for a legal audience.
He grew up just a few blocks from the School of Law's new building, but he never imagined law school would be the reason he returned. Now Richie Gergel says he may have taken the nontraditional route, but his passion for justice has always been evident.
The Pro Bono Board has wrapped up another successful food drive benefitting Harvest Hope Food Bank. The board's "Harvest Hope-oween" is one of two annual food drives that give law students, faculty and staff an opportunity to give back locally.
A world-wide problem led to a unique real-world experience for Carmen Jackson: The third-year student at the University of South Carolina School of Law discovered her passion this summer on the other side of the globe, helping refugees in Australia.
For more than two decades, Women in Law has worked to bring awareness to issues involving women, by encouraging law students, faculty and staff, as well as the Columbia community to participate in a 5k run.
This annual competition gives second-year law students the opportunity to enhance their legal writing and oral arguments skills in an appellate advocacy framework. Students presented oral arguments to South Carolina Court of Appeals judges.
The University of South Carolina School of Law congratulates third-year law students Creasie Parrott and Kyle Watson for winning the ninth annual Judge J. Lyles Glenn Jr. and Terrell L. Glenn Sr. Mock Trial Competition on Sept. 22.
The Allendale Fairfax Education Foundation operates like a "booster club for academics." The foundation turned to Pro Bono Program director Pam Robinson for help on their latest project: Change for Change.
The Right Honourable Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond DBE, the current deputy president of that court, was appointed in July 2017 as its first female president, a position she will assume in October. The position is the equivalent to Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Throughout the 187,500 square feet of the new home of the University of South Carolina School of Law, there are brand-new classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, and grand architecture. But as the school forges the next phase of legal education and celebrates its 150th anniversary, it looks to its roots for grounding.
The ABA Real Property, Trust & Estates Law Journal will commemorate this anniversary with a symposium, "Takings and Coastal Management a Quater-Century After 'Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.' The symposium will be held November 2-4, and includes a trip to the site at issue in the case.
Thanks to Professor Bryant Walker-Smith, 3L Anthony D'Elia had the opportunity to travel to Germany as the only student to participate in Audi's "beyond initiative," discussing the ethical and legal framework surrounding autonomous vehicles.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito delivered the keynote address at the dedication ceremony for the new law school building. The ceremony also included some of the state's top legal and political officials.
Third-year student Kevin Raus' summer experiences at Gardner Law, a Raleigh-based firm that specializes in immigration issues, helped him realize his future career path.
The School of Law's New Student Orientation program is designed to introduce students to the legal profession, familiarize them with the expectations of the academic and professional community, and equip them with the study skills to "hit the ground running" as classes begin. This year, orientation is from Thursday, Aug.17 to Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Zug will travel to Australia to study the differences between America's Indian Child Welfare Act and Australia's Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.
The 2016 graduate joins the Greenville Health System's in-house counsel team, and says his experiences at the School of Law helped prepare him for a career that puts his passion into practice.
Demetrius Pyburn and his wife welcomed a baby boy last fall, just as Pyburn was entering his third year of law school. They say the School of Law was instrumental in helping them continue their education and achieve their goals.
The associate justice for the Supreme Court of the United States will be the featured speaker at the university event, which will recognize the opening of School of Law's new home.
Both the Supreme Court and Judge Shedd, who teaches a course in Fourth Circuit Practice at the School of Law, cited Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. as precedent establishing the need for courts to balance equities when considering the imposition of a preliminary injunction.
The 2017 Fellows have been selected and are already engaged in pursuing creative solutions to some of South Carolina's most challenging legal issues.
School of Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply for the 2017 distribution of funds by the end of the month.
Condon is the 2017 recipient of the Benjamin M. Mabry Scholarship.
Speech featured on the legal news site "Above the Law" and also quoted by another law school commencement speaker.
The 2015 alumna, who works with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, says she was prepared for the opportunity, thanks to the University of South Carolina School of Law.
The law library will be closed from May 8-29 as the School of Law relocates to its new home at 1525 Senate Street. The library anticipates reopening by Tuesday, May 30.
Third year student Andrew Rawl has a passion for law and plans to use his degree to help others.
Third-year student Jonathan LeCompte is pursuing his second career at the University of South Carolina School of Law after serving as a detective for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Osbelkis Perez was drawn to the Children's Law program at USC Law, particularly the opportunity to advocate for children through the juvenile arbitration program.
Rosanne's passion for fitness and health paved the way for her to find her niche as a lawyer: food and drug law.
Chris has followed his passion for the law from Columbia to London, Beijing and Vienna.
Betsy Bull applied to clerk in Alaska on a whim. What she found was a small, unique community and a lifestyle that fits her perfectly.
Mentoring program helps students navigate the shoals of law school and beyond.