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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Stephanie Nye

Title: Director of Externships
Department: Academic Affairs
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-1451

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208

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Stephanie Nye


Stephanie A. Nye is the Director of Externships. She teaches several courses and administers the Externship Program, Children’s Law Concentration Program, and the 1L Mentoring Program. She is also a member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Leadership Columbia Class of 2014, and Leadership South Carolina Class of 2015. In 2012 she was awarded the University of South Carolina School of Law’s Compleat Lawyer Silver Medallion Award. In 2019 she was awarded the G. Dewey Oxner, Jr., Mentor of the Year Award from the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Commission on the Profession.

Prior to joining the law school, Ms. Nye served as both law clerk and legal counsel to the Honorable Jean Hoefer Toal, former Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, for over 10 years. From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Nye was an associate at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP, where she practiced in pharmaceutical and medical devices and product liability litigation. From 2005 to 2006, she served as an Assistant Attorney General at the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Insurance Fraud Division, where she prosecuted insurance fraud cases statewide. She was also an adjunct professor of legal writing for three years at the University of South Carolina School of Law.   

Ms. Nye received a triple major from Duke University in Biology, Art History, and History. She received a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1999. During law school she served as editor in chief of the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal, a member of the Moot Court Bar, Order of Wig and Robe, and Women in Law. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, admitted in 1999.


  • J.D. (1999) University of South Carolina School of Law
  • B.A. (1996) Duke University


  • Administrative Law Externship (LAW 706)
  • Public Interest Law Externship (LAW 749)
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation (LAW 771)

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