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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Michael J. Virzi

Title: Legal Writing Instructor
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-7742

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: CV (pdf)
Michael J. Virzi


Michael Virzi teaches first-year Legal Research, Analysis and Writing I & II and Professional Responsibility. He has also taught upper-level courses in Advanced Legal Writing and Fundamentals of Law Practice and Professionalism. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Mr. Virzi taught as an adjunct professor at the School of Law and taught Business Law I and II as an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Studies program at Midlands Technical College. He came to the School of Law from the South Carolina Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel where he investigated and prosecuted attorneys for ethical misconduct. Prior to working for the Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Virzi practiced in the areas of commercial and business litigation and creditors' rights.

Mr. Virzi received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 1991 and graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2000. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the North Carolina Bar (inactive), the U.S. District Courts of North and South Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Virzi has served on the South Carolina Bar's Professional Responsibility Committee since 2011 and the Ethics Advisory Committee since 2003, including as Chair from 2007–2010. He is a member of several state and national organizations involving legal ethics and is a frequent CLE speaker and law school guest lecturer on the topics of legal ethics and the lawyer discipline process.


  • J.D. (2000) University of South Carolina
  • B.A. (1991) University of South Carolina


  • Legal Research, Analysis & Writing I (LAWS 533 )
  • Legal Research, Analysis & Writing II (LAWS 534)
  • Professional Responsibility (LAWS 555)

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