University of South Carolina School of Law

Rank 66 (USNWR 2024)
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University of South Carolina School of Law is a law school located in Columbia, South Carolina. The school was ranked 66 in 2024 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for University of South Carolina School of Law is approximately 206.

Admissions website: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/law/admissions/index.php/

Admissions email: usclaw@law.sc.edu

Admissions phone: (803) 777-6605.

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University of South Carolina School of Law Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 156 159 161
GPA 3.35 3.61 3.83
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 1754 57
# Admissions offers 660 -
Class size 206 65
% Accepted 37.6% 57
% Yield 31.2% 57

During the 2024 application cycle, 1,754 people applied and 660 were offered admission.

University of South Carolina has a 1L class size of 206, and yield of 31.21%. 206 out of 660 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 31.21% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at University of South Carolina has a median LSAT of 160. The 25th percentile LSAT is 156 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 162.

The median GPA is 3.7. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.45 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.84.

University of South Carolina School of Law LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 207 applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

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25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class

How much does University of South Carolina School of Law cost per year?

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Cost of attending University of South Carolina School of Law

In 2024, tuition was $41,500 and the annual cost of attending was $61,001 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

University of South Carolina School of Law employment outcomes

JD graduates from University of South Carolina make $70,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $49,903.

55.0% of law graduates from University of South Carolina go directly to work for law firms, while 25.1% clerk for a judge. 4.7% of graduates go into public interest.

82.0% of University of South Carolina graduates pass the bar on their first try.

Some interesting facts about University of South Carolina School of Law

The University of South Carolina School of Law, established in 1867, is located in Columbia, South Carolina. With a metropolitan population approaching 700,000, Columbia combines the advantages of a progressive, growing area with the pace of a smaller city. The School of Law has located two blocks from the state capitol. As the seat of state government, Columbia is home to the South Carolina Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, federal district and bankruptcy courts, South Carolina criminal and civil courts, and courts of special jurisdiction. As part of a major research university, law students can take advantage of rich interdisciplinary opportunities and a lively social and athletic scene. Columbia residents enjoy easy access to the mountains and the beautiful South Carolina low country and coastal region. The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1924.

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@Notajoke: best of luck! Hopefully you hear good news 🤞
Is there any student facebook, discord, etc? I'd love to join and start getting connected.
Not that I know of. Would love to join one as well!
Got my waitlisting email today... ugh lol
my application has been in review for 5 weeks as of yesterday....anyone had to wait that long? good news, bad news? I feel like if they were going to reject me, they would've done so by now...but i don't want to get my hopes up
Mine took 8 weeks and I got waitlisted today
anyone talk to admin about WL candidates?
I did briefly @stupidfastarmadillo. Didn't really get many answers. I have a lower LSAT but very high gpa and he basically just said it is going to be a waiting game to see who all puts down seat deposits
Spoke to someone about getting off the WL and this was part of their response 'Our enrollment goals are for a class median of 161 on the LSAT and 3.75 UGPA."
I’m waitlisted currently and my status changed in the tracker to “you will receive communication in 24hrs” does anyone know what that could mean?
Are you sure it’s not a previous message? Just before you received your decision you would have received that message. Unless you see a previous message and now see the same message a second time then you may be looking at an old notification. If is definitely the second time it appears in your tracker then you will have another decision on your status probably tomorrow.
It definitely changed from when I first got the WL notification but, I noticed this status change Friday and have yet to hear anything so who knows.
@CloisteredUnicorn: mine also says that. I didn't know if it was different than the original message that was there, but I think it is different. I noticed it on Thursday. I'm nervous
has anyone heard back from WL? Also got that notification "A decision has been sent via mail" on my application today.
did anyone end up getting an email after seeing the “you will receive communication in 24hrs?"
@SharpMagicalCrab: what are your stats?
@gymnastlawgirly: I never got one
I’m not sure if the trend changed during the cycle but I just read an article that said as of December, SC had the largest increase in applications of any state. Up 30% from a year ago. If this trend continued throughout the spring and summer, I have a feeling there will not be many waitlist people accepted this year. Seat deposits were due over two weeks ago. Someone would have heard something by now.
^^trying to encourage people to withdraw their applications XD
bro i increased my score significantly and am past 75th percentile for lsat and they still wont admit me. im still WL. this is a joke
and my apps are good with lots of experience, URM, nKJD.
does anyone know what their class capacity is at currently?
@Babyricotta45: hey, im a current rising 2L that works closely with admissions, the capacity the school would like is a 205-210 range, but currently we are way above that with 240+ seat deposits submitted , highest we've ever had.
Holy smokes, doesn't sound like any of us are getting off the WL :(
Why so many this year? Any chance they increase their class size
They obviously accepted way more people in the beginning of the cycle. At the end there were great candidates that got waitlisted because of this. They should contact the waitlist candidates which probably would have been accepted and offer them a place in next years class if they are still intending to go to the school.
Is that something law schools ever do? It looks like they WL'd a lot of higher stat applicants for yield protection, assuming they can't just increase their class size
I just withdrew my acceptance, so that could be a spot for one of y'all
Have they sent out any emails regarding the class being full or removing anyone from the waitlist?
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