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Apr 20, 2020

Introducing South Carolina’s newest lawyers

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly would like to congratulate each of the bar applicants who passed the February 2020 South Carolina bar exam. The following names were provided by the South Carolina Supreme Court to recognize those who passed this year’s exam. Blake Garrett Abbott Phillip Noble Abshire II Ella Yvette Alston John William Aylor William […]

Apr 7, 2020

3Ls facing clouds as bar exam is up in the air

Even in the best of times, the grind of preparing for the bar exam is often one of the most harrowing ordeals of a young lawyer’s career. These are, of course, not the best of times, and the students preparing to graduate this spring from the University of South Carolina School of Law and Charleston […]

Mar 13, 2019

USC down, CSL unranked in US News list

The University of South Carolina School of Law dropped three spots while Charleston School of Law remained unranked in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report law school rankings. While USC was ranked 88th in 2017 and 2018, this year it dropped to a nine-place tie for 91st place. As in past years, U.S. News […]

Oct 17, 2018

Post-recession, more students see law career as a way to give back

For today’s generation of aspiring law students, a career in the law is less about making a buck, and more about making an impact, a new study suggests. According to a survey conducted by Gallup for the Association of American Law Schools, undergraduates considering law school report that their top reason for doing so is […]

Jun 13, 2018

A game of craps: Law school, bar admissions a gamble for applicants with records

If Marlowe Rary had known in 2011 what he eventually learned the hard way, he probably never would have applied to law school. Nearly a decade earlier, Rary, a “typical invincible teenager,” had a couple of run-ins with authorities that led to separate misdemeanor arrests for marijuana possession and driving under the influence—information that he […]

Mar 23, 2018

GRE calculator does the math

With a growing number of law schools accepting the Graduate Record Exam in lieu of the Law School Admissions Test, surely there is an easy way for admissions committees to equate GRE scores with LSAT scores. According to the Educational Testing Service, which administers the GRE, there is. The ETS announced recently that it has […]

May 9, 2016

The Latest: SC chief Justice urges law graduates to service

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the law school commencement address Sunday of South Carolina’s top judge to (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The chief justice of South Carolina’s Supreme Court is urging law school graduates to work for the core American principles of a judicial system independent of politics and the rule of […]

Apr 6, 2016

An unfortunate acronym

The George Mason University School of Law has narrowly avoided making an ASS out of itself. Officials at the Virginia institution were perhaps a bit too hasty in trumpeting plans to change the school’s name to pay homage to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – a change that also would allow the […]

Nov 27, 2015

Rise of the machines: For its next trick, IBM’s Watson is going to law school

Working as a legal research attorney can feel a bit like playing a never-ending game of “Jeopardy!” in which you are the only contestant. People constantly fire arcane inquiries your way, covering a diverse array of legal topics, and the monetary stakes for success or failure can get pretty high. It seems reasonable then that […]

Jul 11, 2014

Law schools enroll smallest first-year class since the 1970s

In 2013, law schools enrolled the smallest incoming class since the 1970s. The number of law school enrollees in 2013 was 39,675, which represents an 11 percent drop from the prior year. Figures from the Law School Admissions Council indicate that this decline will continue as law school applications have dropped eight percent since 2013. […]

Jul 3, 2014

Experiential education gaining ground in legal ed circles

Most attorneys recall law school as a blur of long hours spent reading cases and what seemed like even longer classes spent waiting for professors to ask questions about the reading, all accompanied by a vague sense of dread and panic. Generations of lawyers have endured the rigors of the Socratic method, held as the […]

Apr 25, 2014

Job prospects for class of 2013 improve, but not much

Philosopher Thomas Carlyle said, “A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun.”   With that in mind, last year was a bit less sad for law school grads than the year before. The watchdog group Law School Transparency’s 2013 analysis of […]

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