The First Year Experience in Fall 2020
What will the first-year experience look like this fall?
Orientation: August 17 - 19
New Student Orientation will function on a hybrid model of in-person and online sessions, prior to the start of classes. Students will check in with a small group of classmates in order to ensure appropriate social distancing. At various times during the day, small groups will gather in the Karen Williams Courtroom for a welcome from Dean Hubbard, and introductions from faculty and staff.
At Orientation, students will learn effective techniques for synthesizing facts, law, precedent, and policy to make a legal argument. Students will also write an answer to a law school exam question with some guidance from one of our faculty members. Orientation will be conducted in the safest possible conditions, while giving students the chance to meet classmates, experience a law school classroom, and get to know the School of Law campus and community.
The Classroom Experience
We will observe physical distancing guidelines throughout the building this fall. These modifications will allow our students to benefit from smaller classes with more personalized instruction than may normally occur in the first year. Most of the first-year courses have fewer than 50 students, with most classrooms holding fewer than 35 students.
The fall course load of Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, and Legal Research & Writing will remain the same for first-year students. The general class schedule developed with physical distancing in mind brings first-year students to the building in the morning for in-person classes and upper-level students in for classes in the afternoon. All in-person classes will be taken in the same classroom so students can be in the same seat for the total amount of time that they will spend in the building each day. All classes will be available virtually in synchronous form so that students can participate fully if health concerns prevent them from physically being in attendance.
It is strongly recommended that students pursue COVID-19 testing before returning to campus. Each day that our students are in the building, they will be required to take their temperature and submit a health form indicating that they are symptom-free. Those students who do not meet the health requirements will be expected to stay at home that day. The law school also requires that face coverings be worn at all times by everyone, except for those working in private offices. This policy will be strictly enforced, in order to maintain the safety of our entire law school community.
Connect with Us
Our admissions team looks forward to meeting our prospective students, and learning more about pursuing their goals of a legal education. Schedule your conversation with an admissions representative today!
Talk with an Admissions Officer
Most questions lead to other good questions, and starting a dialogue is the best way to "meet" each other! We can connect you with an admissions officer to discuss the admissions process and timetable, or any other topics that may be of interest to you.
Talk with a Law Student Ambassador
Want firsthand information about the classroom experience this semester? We can connect you with a currently enrolled law student who works closely with the Admissions Office.
Complete and submit a prospect inquiry form to schedule your conversation with an admissions office or a Law Student Ambassador. If you would rather have your questions answered via email, you can contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Ambassadors at AskAmbSC@law.sc.edu.
Admissions Print & Video Viewbooks
If you would rather have a paper copy of our admissions viewbook, you can request that it be mailed to you here.
Visits & Events
Virtual opportunities for you to learn more about the admissions process will be posted as they are planned. Feel free to contact us at (803) 777-6605 to ask about events that are in the works!
UofSC Law - Live in 45
Admissions will host three information sessions during the Fall 2020 semester. These 45-minute sessions will be held on:
- Wednesday, September 9th from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. EDT
- Thursday, October 1st from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. EDT
- Wednesday, November 11th from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. EST
We hope you will join us at one or all of these sessions. Please REGISTER HERE if you'd like to attend.
We are able to accommodate student ambassador led tours of up to two attendees on a limited basis. Tours will be held Monday - Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Visitors will be asked to adhere to all social distancing guidelines, and will be required to complete a daily health screening form prior to arrival. Walk-ins will NOT be accomodated.
Please reference the Law School's visitor policy for a more detailed guide to COVID-19 procedures. If you would like to schedule an in-person visit to the law school, please do so through our prospect inquiry form.
Digital LSAC Forums
UofSC Law will participate in the Law School Admission Council's Digital Forums on September 26th, October 13th, and November 4th.
- Each digital forum will be open from 3pm - 7pm EDT.
- On-demand access for communication with participating law schools will be available after each event has ended.
- Registration for the digital forums is currently open, but will close three days prior to each event.
Virtual Law Fairs
Check out our recruitment calendar for a full list of virtual law fairs where UofSC law will be represented.
Virtual Visits to a 1L Class
Admitted candidates and applicants for the Fall 2021 entering class can arrange a virtual visit to a 1L class. Please email Ann Hilldrup at email@example.com or call (803) 777-6605 to schedule your virtual visit.