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How to Apply

Admission to The Coastal Law Field Lab is open to law students across the country, and will be by application; preference will be given to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017. To apply to The Coastal Law Field Lab, complete the online application and upload your resume, personal statement, and letter of good standing. The information provided in these documents will be used to evaluate students, including, but not limited to, the student's interest in the program, relevant work or life experiences, and potential for contribution to a diverse educational environment. Please mail us an official transcript when it becomes available.

  • An official transcript should be available through your Registrar. If you are a first year student, send us an email stating that you will send us your transcript after your first year. When you are requesting your official transcript please request that your school "hold grades until posted."
  • The personal statement should include why you are interested in this program and any additional information that you want us to know about you that is not included on your resume. There is a maximum word count of 350 words.
  • The letter of good standing [pdf] should be completed by your Academic Dean. The letter should state that you are in good standing and eligible to return to law school for the next academic semester. 

Mail your official transcript to:

Professor Josh Eagle
University of South Carolina School of Law
The Coastal Law Field Lab
1525 Senate Street, Room 242
Columbia, SC 29208


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for The Coastal Law Field Lab is $6,500.50 for South Carolina residents and $12,764.50 for non-residents. For non-resident scholars, tuition will be $7,151.50. The program fee is $600.00. This will cover transportation, some food and beverages, including lunches for field lab days, and opening and closing receptions. Students have the option to live in College of Charleston housing for an additional fee of around $1,600.00 (28 nights). If students want to arrive early, or stay after the program ends, they can request additional nights of housing. The College of Charleston housing consists of three- to five-bedroom suites with shared bathrooms. Depending on availability students will live in George Street Apartments, McAlistair Hall, or Warren Hall.

Learn more about College of Charleston residence halls.


Financial Aid

Private and federal aid may be available to students for this six-credit course. Students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution once they have applied for The Coastal Law Field Lab to discuss financial aid. No scholarships are available from the University of South Carolina School of Law for The Coastal Law Field Lab. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of South Carolina.

Personal Expenses

Item Cost
Books $250 [1]
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) $800–$1000
Parking $250 (should be prorated) [2]
Travel to and from Charleston Dependent on location

[1] For Coastal Law you will need to purchase Coastal Law (second edition). A new copy costs $226; however, used copies sell for around $90. For Climate Change and the Coast and Coastal Energy Law you will receive PDF packets. These packets will be free, but you will have to pay for printing if you choose to print them out.

[2] College of Charleston charges $250 for a summer parking pass. However, your rate should be prorated because you will only be using the parking pass for one month.