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Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program

Thanks for your interest in this important program! The following packet contains key information about the program, including forms which can be turned in today or to the clinic offices (Room 354) by Wednesday, September 21st.

The Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program brings middle school students to the law school for 6 two hour sessions focused on Constitutional Law. Each session will contain a short presentation explaining a basic legal rule or concept, lunch, and a small group activity. This year's focus will be the 1st Amendment and free speech in schools. We have designed our curriculum around a hypothetical student who gets disciplined for wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt to school. Mentors will work with their mentees to help them understand law surrounding free speech in schools. The year will culminate in a moot court argument before a panel of judges. Each law student will be responsible for helping their middle school mentee draft a short argument in anticipation of this event.

Dates for the six sessions are as follows: (All sessions occur on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)

  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 18
  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 7th**

If you are interested in participating and available for all 6 sessions, please fill out the forms (contained in this packet) and return to today or to the clinic office no later than Wednesday, September 21st. **April 7th is our end-of-year celebration at Nexsen Pruet and is a tentative date. We will let you know as soon as the date is confirmed.

Returning law student mentors, who have already completed a background check, need only turn in the Mentor Intake Form. All other volunteers must complete and submit the following:

  1. Mentor Intake Form
  2. 2016–17 Richland One Parent/Community Member Volunteer Application

Please ensure that forms are completed correctly. Incorrect or incomplete forms will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact any of the following students on the executive board:

  • Daniel Martin
  • Lindsay Richardson
  • Matthew Brock
  • Aleia Hornsby
  • Zachary Porfiris
  • Lindsay Lee

We hope you decide to be a part of this important program and inspire kids in our local community to continue on the path to higher education and maybe even a career in the law!

Please also feel free to contact Professor Claire Raj (, 777-1391) with any questions or concerns you might have about the program.

The University of South Carolina School of Law's Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program is designed to encourage high academic achievement among middle school students in the Midlands region of South Carolina. Six times during the academic year middle school students will visit the law school and participate in sessions led by law student volunteers. During those sessions middle school students will be introduced to legal hot topics with a particular focus on the U.S. Constitution. Each academic year will be built around a moot court problem and culminate in a moot court argument. The middle school students, with the help of their law student mentors, will roadmap their legal argument and present oral arguments before a panel of judges.

Through this program law students will not only provide academic and social support to middle school students, but also hope to inspire their mentees to continue on the path of higher education and ultimately, consider a career in the law.

This program is made possible through generous support from Nexsen Pruet LLC and a collaborative partnership with the Richland One School District.

For more information, contact:

Professor Claire Raj (

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