Attracting the State's Top Scholars
The Carolina Law Research Scholar program enables South Carolina residents attending the University of South Carolina Josephn F. Rice School of Law to access our top scholarship programs for their 1L year, receive a full tuition and fee waiver for the 2L and 3L years, and earn a stipend while engaged in research or projects with law faculty or other personnel in areas of interest to them.
$20,000 scholarship for the 1L year from a named scholarship account,
Waiver of resident tuition and fees for the 2L and 3L year (four semesters),
Waiver of seat deposit with acceptance of offer,
Recognition and activities with alumni and faculty, and
Stipend of $200 per week for 4 semesters, Fall and Spring, 2L and 3L year.
Eligible candidates are admitted to the School of Law, meet the South Carolina requirements to be classified as a resident in the 1L year, and meet or exceed published academic standards for that admissions cycle. For the 2024 admissions cycle, the academic standards are:
- 163 on the Law School Admission Test and
- 3.70 minimum cumulative UGPA, as reflected on the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service Report.
Eligible admitted candidates will be invited to opt into the Scholars program at the point of admission.
The application for admission should be complete by December 1. Candidates selected will have 30 days from notification to accept the binding award or to request consideration for a traditional scholarship. If funds are available, a second phase will be open for candidates whose files are completed by February 1.
Candidates that are selected for this honor are not required to submit a seat deposit but must sign a binding intent to matriculate. Candidate is committed to attending the University of South Carolina Joseph nF. Rice School of Law and must withdraw all other law school applications within five calendar days of accepting the Carolina Law Research Scholar award. Candidate must also refrain from submitting any new law school applications through September 1 of the following fall. The recipient cannot defer an acceptance to a future year. Scholars must remain in good academic standing with the School of Law to retain these benefits. Candidates who choose this option must meet the weekly research requirement during the 2L and 3L year to retain the tuition and fee waiver and stipend.