The University of South Carolina School of Law made a 12-point jump in U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 Best Law School rankings. The school now stands at No. 84 overall and No. 44 among public law schools. Only four other schools in the top 100 made gains of 12 spots or more.
“I could not be prouder of the progress we have made this year,” says William C. Hubbard, dean of South Carolina Law. “We have worked hard to make significant gains on a number of fronts, including raising our LSAT profile, our bar passage numbers, and our employment numbers. Our faculty have continued to publish in top 50 law journals around the country. It was truly a school-wide effort, and it is gratifying that our diligence is being recognized.”
In addition to its overall ranking, South Carolina Law has also placed in the top 50 among public law schools in at least 10 of the 13 USNWR specialty categories for the past three years in a row, with its Tax Law program (currently tied for 21st) having been in the top 25 for that same period. Two other programs (Trial Advocacy and Clinical Training, currently tied for 12th and 15th, respectively) have been in the top 25 for the last four years.
Hubbard believes that South Carolina Law’s rank will continue to climb, as each of the last two entering classes has been among the most academically accomplished in school history, and the current job and bar passage numbers have already exceeded those submitted for this year’s rankings report.
“As pleased as we are with this significant move, there is still more work to be done,” he says. “We will build on this momentum to take South Carolina Law to even greater heights in the years to come.”