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Done deal!

From the Charleston Post and Courier:
School of Law gets the go-ahead
Accreditation means graduates can take bar


BY DIANE KNICH
The Post and Courier


Charleston School of Law students breathed a collective sigh of relief Saturday after learning the institution had become accredited by the American Bar Association.

The school was not accredited when it opened in the fall of 2004 because a law school can't earn accreditation until it has been open for at least two years.

Law school dean Richard Gershon said that now that the school's accredited, students who graduate can take the bar exam and practice law.

Third-year law student Courtney Gibbes, 27, said students "have been on pins and needles" waiting for the decision. Gibbes and about 170 other students will likely graduate in May and plan to take the bar exam this summer.

Had the school failed the accreditation process, they couldn't have taken the exam.

Students are in the middle of final exams, Gibbes said, but she thought most would likely take a Saturday-night break to celebrate. "I think (the bars on) upper King Street will probably be pretty busy," she said.

Gershon said Saturday's approval from the bar association's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will yield benefits for the school beyond allowing students to take the bar exam.

From now on, he said, students will qualify for federal student loans, faculty will be listed in the Association of American Law Schools' directory, and the school will gain "credibility in the academic world."

It also means "this law school is going to be a permanent fixture in Charleston, and that's good for the city," Gershon said.

The law school will get an official letter detailing the bar association's evaluation of its application in a few weeks, he said.For now, he knows only that the school earned provisional accreditation. That's the highest level of accreditation the school can earn at this point, Gershon said.

Full accreditation can take up to five years and depends largely on the rate at which graduates pass the bar exam.

The school faced a hurdle in June when the bar association's council deferred action on its accreditation application until the school dealt with concerns about its diversity, staffing, governance and library.

Gershon has said the school aggressively addressed the council's concerns.

Third-year student John Robinson, 24, called the deferral "a bump in the road."

He said students were "guardedly optimistic" about the school becoming accredited this weekend. "When you've committed the kind of money we have, you're going to be nervous," he said.

Tuition for full-time students is about $28,000 a year.

But, he said, students were willing to take the risk and attend a new law school because they believed in the school's public service mission.

Steve Abrams, 47, who also will graduate in May, said students who want to take the bar exam in July now have to get busy filling out the 30-page application, which is due at the end of the month.

Students couldn't turn them in until the school was accredited, he said. "Most of us were waiting at the starting line."


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The accreditation committee recommended Charelston school of Law for provisional accreditation today.  The final vote of the full board is in June.

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Acceptances / South Carolina - Scholarships
« on: March 02, 2005, 02:46:25 PM »
I just spoke to the Admissions Office.

Despite the acceptance letters saying that scholarship decisions would be made by March 1, they are not done.

They expect letters to go out at the end of next week.

Anyone else waiting to hear?

Tomsmom

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Acceptances / U of South Carolina accepteds -- question
« on: February 10, 2005, 03:36:02 PM »
Hi all!
I just received my acceptance and am considering attending.

My acceptance letter did not come with any scholarship info, but does say "your academic record...make you competitive for School of Law Merit Scholarships".

I guess I am asking, am I really up for one? Does everyones letter say this who has been accepted so far?

Thanks in advance.

Tomsmom

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Acceptances / ?? re merit scholarships
« on: December 16, 2004, 10:06:38 AM »
Hi all,
What is the proper way to ask a school about merit scholarships? I don't want to come off obnoxious but I am pretty sure I am at the higher side numberswise for applicants..

And what is the standard time frame that these are awarded (ie do schools wait until all admissions are complete, and then decide who gets $$, or do they get them out early?)
Thanks in advance.
Tomsmom

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Acceptances / anyone considering Charleston School Of Law?
« on: December 16, 2004, 09:49:14 AM »
Hi, just got accepted to Charleston! I know is non ABA as yet, but I was very impressed at Orientation and am VERY seriously considering attending, depending on scholarship and what I hear from USC(south carolina). Anyone else considering attendance there?

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Where should I go next fall? / Help with Index Number from LSAC transcript
« on: November 07, 2004, 05:17:52 PM »
Hi all,
So I have my index "number" that was sent to a certain school...Now how do I know what this means? Is there a site somewhere that says
Xnumber = admit, Xnumber = decline, etc? for each school?

Thanks!
Dana

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Where should I go next fall? / help - non ABA
« on: October 23, 2004, 03:32:15 PM »
Hi, Would love some advice. I am nontrad prospective student...graduated mediocre state uni in 95 and worked for 8 years in high paying job. I quit last year to stay at home with my new son.
GPA was 3.45, LSAT is 169.

My husband has a great job here in charleston SC. A new law school Charleston school of law just opened (in its 1st year) and only has provisional ABA approval. I had wanted to attend part time. I don't want to be the next president of the united states, just work locally.
I was pretty surprised at my high (for me) LSAT score and am wondering if attending a non aba approved law school is murder. The school has lots of support from local attorneys that would be my future employers. The scores at Chas Law are almost on par with univ of SC school of law. Everyone is rosy about ABA approval the year before I would graduate (or 2 yrs before if I went part time.) Ofcourse, no one is guaranteeing anything. Am I nuts to try to go to an ABA pending school?
Thanks in advance!
Tomsmom

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