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Charleston School of Law to begin offering spring admissions for first time

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By Ashley Heffernan
Published Nov. 17, 2015

For the first time in its history, the Charleston School of Law is offering spring admissions.

Students may apply now through Jan. 13, and those accepted will begin classes the week of Jan. 18, according to a news release from the school.

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Those who start in the spring can complete the juris doctor degree in 2.5 years, setting their graduation in May 2018.

“Spring admission provides a unique and exciting opportunity for students who wish to begin their law school careers early,” Student Bar Association President Matt Kelly said in the news release. “It also allows professionals and undergraduate students who graduate in December an option other than waiting around for the typical August start date.”

About 45 students transferred from the Charleston School of Law to other institutions over the past year because of the school’s uncertain future. But new president Ed Bell said he plans to boost enrollment, make the school a nonprofit institution and build a new campus in downtown Charleston.

“We firmly believe that with the induction of Ed Bell as our new president and managing director, there is no better place to be than the Charleston School of Law and no better time to be here than now,” Dean Andy Abrams said in the news release. “His arrival signals a bright and exciting future for our law school and most particularly our students.

“Building on the incredibly strong relationship between our students and faculty, which has always been the hallmark of our school, plans are now underway to expand significantly our hands-on learning experiences that are designed to put our graduates in the most competitive position possible as they enter the profession.”

Test scores for the December LSAT will be reviewed as part of the application in January, the news release said.

Reach staff writer Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyBHeff on Twitter.

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