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Welcome to the Class of 2020!

We're looking forward to welcoming the Law Class of 2020 and our new transfer members of the Law Class of 2019 to the School of Law community! Our New Student Orientation program is designed to introduce you to the legal profession, familiarize you with the expectations of this academic and professional community, and equip you with the study skills to "hit the ground running" on your first day of class. You'll also have plenty of time to get to know classmates, your peer mentors, and the faculty and staff who will be an integral part of your law school experience.

Schedule and Activities

Orientation begins on Thursday, August 17. You'll start with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the School of Law lobby. After meeting Dean Wilcox and the faculty, you'll jump right into this new and challenging discipline of law study.

For the first day of Orientation, please read pages 1-31 in A Weekly Guide to Being a Model Law Student by Alex Ruskell, West Academic, 2015, which you can purchase in the School of Law Bookstore or online.  Dress for Orientation daytime programs is business casual.

Over the next four days of Orientation, you will continue to learn how to study law, develop academic success skills, become familiar with the professional culture of the law school, the School of Law Honor Code and the requirements for admission to law practice, and be introduced to the law school's library and technology resources. On Friday, students will have pictures taken for the law school directory, so plan to look good at least from the shoulders up!

You'll have your weekend free to explore and enjoy the university and Columbia, and we'll have some suggestions for activities to meet a wide variety of interests. But you'll want to spend some time with the books, too, since you'll be back in class on Monday preparing for a practice law school exam on Tuesday.

Speaking of Monday, you may have heard something about the Total Solar Eclipse, and that “totality” will last longer in Columbia than almost anywhere in the nation.  Orientation will end by 1:30 that day to give you plenty of time to experience this rare event. Eclipse glasses will be provided by the University of South Carolina!

After Tuesday’s exam and review, you will return to campus at 5:00 p.m. to meet your attorney mentors and participate in the Professionalism Oath ceremony. Faculty and alumni will be present to welcome you formally to the legal profession, as Justice John Kittredge of the South Carolina Supreme Court administers the Student Professionalism Oath. A reception with attorney mentors and faculty follows the ceremony. Dress for the ceremony and reception is professional attire. Seating at the Oath Ceremony is limited for space reasons to students and attorney mentors. Family members of new students are cordially invited to attend the reception that follows.

Classes begin on Thursday, August 24. Check for assignments for your first class.


Call the Student Affairs Office at 803-777-8768 or Admissions at 803-777-6605.

Welcome to the Carolina Law community!