During the week of April 30 to May 31, the University of South Carolina School of Law moved into its new home, which includes state-of-the-art technology and brand new classrooms. The School of Law is celebrating its 150th anniversary and this new location is the centerpiece of its commitment to providing legal education in the heart of the Midlands.
The School of Law is also celebrating the arrival of a new class that is a shining example of academic achievement. The Class of 2021 has achieved outstanding metrics and is among the most accomplished in school history. This class demonstrates the School of Law’s commitment to providing students with the necessary tools to meet their future goals.
As part of its upcoming academic year, the School of Law announced several newest faculty members. Associate Professor Shelley Welton published five articles in the top 15 law reviews in the past five years. She is also an editor for the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estates Law Journal. In addition to her work at the School of Law, Associate Professor Robin Morris Collin will lead environmental justice efforts in communities disproportionately affected by pollution. The School of Law also welcomes Assistant Professors Etienne Toussaint and Madalyn Wasilczuk as assistant professors.
The School of Law has an Adopt a Teacher program, which supports local teachers with financial and professional resources. In addition to its support of local teachers, the School of Law has a scholarship program to assist incoming law students with tuition costs. The scholarships are renewable on the basis of academic good standing.
The School of Law will host a symposium on November 2-4 to celebrate the opening of its new home and recognize the exceptional achievements of the Class of 2020. The event will feature Associate Justice of the United States Samuel A. Alito, who will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony. The symposium will also include a trip to the site of the Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council case.
Incoming students continue to improve the School of Law’s reputation as one of the best in the country. The School of Law’s Class of 2021 has surpassed all previous metrics in academic success and is ranked in the top 10 percent of law schools in the nation. It was recently named the Breakthrough Star class in the University of South Carolina’s commencement exercises.
The School of Law will also celebrate its 150th anniversary with a series of events, including commencement exercises. The upcoming ceremony will include top legal and political officials. It will be attended by the Honorable Judge Shedd, who will teach Fourth Circuit Practice.
The School of Law has received a significant donation from the Konduros Fisherman Fund. The fund has pledged more than $1 million to the University of South Carolina School of Law. This donation will support the rule of law in post-conflict countries, as well as developing countries. It will also provide faculty in fourteen locations throughout the Midlands with the training and resources they need to educate and advocate for the rule of law.