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updated 8/15/2006

Walter F. Pratt Jr., Dean
Robert Wilcox, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Paul B. Rollins, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
W. Lewis Burke, Director of Clinical Education
Lisa A. Eichhorn, Director of Legal Writing
Janice S. Goings, Registrar

Ladson Boyle, LL.M., New York University, 1975, Charles E. Simons Jr. Professor of Federal Law
W. Lewis Burke, J.D., University of South Carolina, 1975
Katharine I. Butler, J.D., University of Tennessee, 1974, Ray Taylor Fair Professor of Law
Vance L. Cowden, J.D., University of South Carolina, 1974
Nathan M. Crystal, LL.M., Harvard University, 1976, Class of 1969 Professor of Professional Responsibility and Contract Law
Robert L. Felix, LL.M., Harvard University, 1967, James P. Mozingo III Professor of Legal Research
James F. Flanagan, LL.B., University of Pennsylvania, 1967, Oliver Ellsworth Professor of Federal Practice
John P. Freeman, LL.M., University of Pennsylvania, 1976, John T. Campbell Professor of Law
Steven D. Hinckley, J.D., University of Toledo, 1979
F. Patrick Hubbard, LL.M., Yale University, 1973, Ronald L. Motley Torts Professor of Law
Philip T. Lacy, LL.B., University of Virginia, 1972
John E. Lopatka, LL.M., Columbia University, 1980, Alumni Professor of Law
S. Alan Medlin, J.D., University of South Carolina, 1979, David W. Robinson Professor of Law
John E. Montgomery, LL.M., University of Michigan, 1971
Dennis R. Nolan, J.D., Harvard University, 1970, Webster Professor of Labor Law
David G. Owen, J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1971, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Law
William J. Quirk, LL.B., University of Virginia, 1959
Burnele V. Powell, LL.M., Harvard University, 1979, Miles and Ann Loadholt Professor of Law
Walter F. Pratt Jr., J.D., Yale University, 1977, Dean and Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor of Law
Marie T. Reilly, J.D., University of Illinois, 1984
O’Neal Smalls, LL.M., Georgetown University, 1975
Roy T. Stuckey, J.D., University of South Carolina, 1973, Alumni Professional Skills Professor of Law
Eldon Wedlock, LL.M., Yale University, 1969
Robert Wilcox, J.D., University of South Carolina, 1981, Director of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism

Associate Professors
Gregory B. Adams, J.S.D., Columbia University, 1986
James R. Burkhard, J.D., Ohio State University, 1968
Kim D. Connolly, J.D., Georgetown University, 1993
Lisa A. Eichhorn, J.D. Duke University, 1990
Patrick J. Flynn, J.D., Indiana University, 1974
K. Winchester Gaines, LL.M., Emory University, 1990
David K. Linnan, J.D., University of Chicago, 1979
Martin C. McWilliams Jr., LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1976
Howard B. Stravitz, J.D., Rutgers University Camden, 1972

Assistant Professors
Ann M. Bartow, LL.M., Temple University, 1997
Josie F. Brown, J.D., Harvard Law School, 1985
Joshua G. Eagle, J.D., Georgetown University, 1990
Brant J. Hellwig, LL.M., New York University, 2000
Joel H. Samuels, J.D., University of Michigan, 1999
Andrew M. Siegel, J.D., New York University, 1999

Professors Emeriti
R. Randall Bridwell, LL.M., Harvard University, 1971
Richard E. Day, J.D., University of Michigan, 1957
Robert W. Foster, LL.M., Duke University, 1951
Thomas R. Haggard, LL.B., University of Texas, 1967
George D. Haimbaugh Jr., J.S.D., Yale University, 1962
Herbert A. Johnson, LL.B., New York Law School, 1960
Henry Mather, J.D., Cornell University, 1970
William S. McAninch, LL.M., Yale University, 1969
Ralph C. McCullough II, J.D., Tulane University, 1965
Charles H. Randall Jr., LL.M., Harvard University, 1954
Walter A. Reiser Jr., LL.M., Harvard University, 1967
Stephen A. Spitz, J.D., University of Nebraska, 1974
Jon P. Thames, LL.M., Harvard University, 1971

James L. Underwood, LL.M., Yale University, 1966


The School of Law offers a full-time day program leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. To earn the J.D., a student must successfully complete 90 semester hours of course work. Normally, six semesters of resident study are required. In each of these semesters, students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours. In addition, students must receive credit for a minimum of 10 credit hours each semester. A student may graduate in two-and-one-half years if the student successfully completes at least 6 credit hours in two consecutive summer sessions.

The School of Law, in cooperation with other graduate programs at the University, also offers dual degrees. Dual degrees may be obtained in: international business administration (I.M.B.A.); public administration (M.P.A.); criminal justice (M.C.J.); human resources (M.H.R.); economics; accountancy; social work (M.S.W.); earth and environmental resources management (M.E.E.R.M.); and health administration (M.H.A.). The School of Law also offers a dual degree program with the Vermont Law School. Students enrolled in the program may earn a J.D. from the University of South Carolina and a Master's of Science in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School.

Dual degree programs may often be completed in four years. Students in dual degree programs may receive 9 hours of law school credit toward the J.D. for work successfully completed in their other field of study. Most students begin their program of study in the School of Law with the remaining years divided between both programs.

Upon acceptance by both programs, students must complete a dual degree form. Students should request this form directly from the School of Law Office of Admissions. Dual degree candidates must apply to both programs and be accepted by both programs. Acceptance into one program does not affect the decision of the School of Law.

The School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools and is a member of the Southeastern Conference of the Association of American Law Schools.


The admissions goal of the School of Law is to enroll qualified students who will make a positive contribution to the school's educational environment and to South Carolina, the region, and the nation after graduation. In making admissions decisions, the Faculty Committee on Admissions takes a holistic approach and considers myriad factors with emphasis on the cumulative undergraduate GPA and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Other factors that may influence the committee's decision include, but are not limited to, employment experience, military or public service, residency, diversity, course of study, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

In order to be considered for admission, a candidate must have or expect to have an academic bachelor's degree from a fully accredited college or university by the date of the anticipated enrollment in the School of Law or must be a participant in the Honors College Integrated Education Plan. All applicants are required to take the LSAT and to register with the Law School Data Assembly Service.

The decision-making process begins in December of each year with the Faculty Committee on Admission reviewing completed files. Traditionally, approximately 85 percent of the students in the entering class are legal residents of South Carolina.

Applications to the School of Law must be postmarked by February 1. Late applications are not accepted. Accepted applicants may request a one-year deferment. Requests must be in writing and should set forth in detail the reason(s) for deferment. Deferment is granted in the discretion of the Office of Admissions.

For further information about the School of Law, interested applicants should contact the Office of Admissions, USC School of Law, 701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29208. Information about the School of Law may also be obtained by visiting our Web site at www.law.sc.edu.

Disabled Student Services

The School of Law has a Disabled Student Services program to assist disabled law students in assessment of needs, class adaptation, course requirements, registration, examinations, and counseling. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at the School of Law.


Walter F. Pratt Jr., Dean
Robert Wilcox, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Paul B. Rollins, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
W. Lewis Burke, Director of Clinical Education
Lisa A. Eichhorn, Director of Legal Writing
Janice S. Goings, Registrar