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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

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Why South Carolina Law?

University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law prepares lawyer-leaders to serve their communities through rigorous legal studies and exceptional experiential training.

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As a flagship university in a capital city, the School of Law has deep connections to our government. Our new building is walking distance from important hubs like the State House and the Supreme Court of South Carolina, and our students frequently find externships and career opportunities within our network.

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From our award-winning Pro Bono Program to our externships and clinics, you will have the opportunity to dive deep on subjects you are passionate about. While first year students everywhere have similar courses, in your second and third years you can explore your interests, studying in major practice areas like litigation or corporate law, or in specialized areas such as environmental law, children's law, or small business law.



We have a vast alumni network throughout the state and the country. If you want to stay in South Carolina after graduation, there's no better place to make contacts in government or private practice. If you plan to go elsewhere, we have alumni in major cities nationwide. Plus, South Carolina has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination format, so you can take the bar here, but have the opportunity to practice in any state that has also adopted the UBE.  

Class of 2021 Employment

  • 92% of graduates employed 10 months after graduation



  • 97% of employed graduates accepted a position requiring bar passage or where a JD was an advantage



  • 51% employed in private practice



  • 19% employed in state and federal judicial clerkships



  • 23% employed in government and public interest positions



View our ABA 509 Report for more detailed information.

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