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Frequently Asked Questions

 The Office of the Law Registrar is always available to assist you with grades, registration, and graduation requirements. Below you will find a compiled list of some of the questions most frequently asked by our students. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

 

Grading Procedures and Policies

 

The Law School’s grade normalization policy for upper level courses is that the mean average grade in classes of more than 25 students should fall within .25 points of the class’s mean average incoming GPA. 

The Law School’s grade normalization policy for first-year courses with the exception of Legal Research, Analysis and Writing I and II and Introduction to the Legal Profession, is that the mean average grade in all classes shall fall within the range 2.700- 3.000. 

  

 Fall Grades: All grades are due the first day of spring classes. 

  • Due to the mandatory furlough program for university faculty and staff, the grading deadline for Fall 2020 grades will be Monday, January 11, 2021.  This change to the grading policy will be in effect for academic year 2020-21. 

Spring Grades: First year grades are due twenty-one (21) days after the last regularly scheduled 1L examination. Upper level grades are due the last Friday in May. Provided, however, the Dean has discretion to set a date for submission of grade information to determine the status of graduating seniors.

Summer Grades:  For each summer school course grades must be reported thirty (30) days after either the regularly scheduled examination date for the course or the last day of class if there is no examination in the course. 

Grades received by the Registrar’s office in their final form will be posted within 24 hours.  

Once your grade is posted for a course, you will receive an email from the Law Registrar’s office.  You can also find your grade on Self Service Carolina. Log in and then select STUDENT, then Grades, then view grades, and then select term. 

A= 4.0; B+=3.5; B=3.0; C+=2.5; C=2.0; D+=1.5; D=1.0; F=0 

 
 

Registration

Email lawreg@law.sc.edu and request an SLR form. You will be required to complete the form in consultation with your SLR advisor. The SLR advisor will then forward the completed form to the Law Registrar’s office. You will then be registered for the course. A confirmation email will be sent.

You may ask any faculty or established adjunct professor to supervise an SLR.  If you are unclear which adjunct is an “established” professor, please contact the Law Registrar’s office for additional guidance.

An SLR may satisfy the graduation requirement provided that you are registered in two credit hours and write a minimum or 30-50 pages. Note: An SLR cannot be used to satisfy the writing requirement in your final semester of law school.

Classes will be offered in a variety of formatsCheck the course schedule posted on the law registrar’s website for instructional methods. You can also find this information in Self Service Carolina

Yes, you may choose to attend your classes virtually if the instructional methods are designated as in person for the Spring 2021 semester. 


 

Submit a completed Editorial Board Credits Form by email to the law registrar’s office by the due date. The form does not require the signature of the Editor in Chief or the faculty advisor. The Law Registrar's office will add you to the course. Although the form may be submitted early, registration for the editorial board credits will start after 3L registration. 

When grades are due, the faculty advisor and EIC will confirm with the Law Registrar's office that you have met all the requirements to receive the credits.

Submit a completed Credit for Supervised Extracurricular Competition Form  by email to the law registrar’s office by the due date. The form does not require the signature of the  the faculty advisor. Although the form may be submitted early, registration for the extracurricular competition credits will start after 3L registration. 

When grades are due, the faculty advisor will confirm with the Law Registrar's office that you have met all the requirements to receive the credits

Contact Stephanie Nye for information about the application process for externships.

 

  • Log onto SSC, choose STUDENTS  
  • registration 
  • select term 
  • register for classes 
  • schedule and options tab  
  • click onto the number 2 for the option to change to 3 
  • click submit (bottom right). 

The graduation requirements and checklist are available on the Law Registrar's website.   

Students who are not able to register for a course because it is closed may petition for admission to the course because of hardship.  Students seeking a hardship admission must submit a written petition to the Law School's Registrar office to be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  The petition must show a reason why the student would like to be admitted to the course.  

Hardship petitions will usually be denied in the following situations:

  1. a second-year student seeks to register for a section of a Second-Year-Progression Course other than the section for which the student has been preregistered;
  2. the student seeks a different time or professor;
  3. the student still has the opportunity to take the course in a future semester; or
  4. the course has a limited enrollment for pedagogical reasons or because of classroom seating limits. 

Notice of the Associate Dean's decision will be e-mailed to the student.

 

Graduation Requirements

Beyond the first year curriculum, students must successfully complete the following upper-level courses:  

  • Problems in Professional Responsibility (3 credit-hours) or Professional Responsibility (2 credit-hours) with a grade of a “C” or better 
  • A Perspective Course 
  • A Writing Requirement with a grade of “C” or better, or “S” if taken pass/fail 
  • Six (6) credit hours of Experiential Courses with a grade of “C” or better, or “S” if taken pass/fail

Yes, a student can graduate with more than 90 credit hours.

A student may take a maximum of six credit hours during the upper-level years of their law school career on a pass/fail basis.  However, pass/fail credit is available only in those courses offered exclusively on a pass/fail basis or, with the instructor’s consent, in Supervised Legal Research.

No, Introduction to the Legal Profession does not count toward the upper level 6 credit hours of pass/fail courses. 

Courses for the Spring 2020 semester only count toward your upper level pass/fail credit hours if the courses are originally graded on a pass/fail basis.  The below credit hours are graded on a pass/fail basis and count against your 6 allowed pass/fail hours

  • Trial Advocacy 
  • Legislative Externship 
  • Law Practice Workshop 
  • Supervised Legal Research (if pass/fail was selected on the form) 

Yes, but only in a course designated as W or W(3). For W(3) courses, you must change the credit hours to 3.

 


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