Despite the prevailing view that the legal industry has not changed much, new ideas and innovation have continued to emerge. The buzzword “legal innovation” is now synonymous with adaptation to a changing marketplace. Although the industry’s traditional ‘who has the pedigree’ and ‘who has the reputation’ criterion is still in place, the focus has shifted to ‘who has the expertise’ and ‘who has the scalability’.
The Law School of South Carolina recently welcomed a record 217 first-year students. This class is one of the most academically accomplished in the school’s history. The class has also improved the School of Law’s profile for the fifth straight year. During this time, the class has met or exceeded all recent metrics.
The School of Law will also welcome a new addition to the teaching faculty. Stephanie Davidson will become an associate professor of law. She will also serve as the law library’s director. This is the first time an associate professor of law has been appointed to this position.
The Children’s Law Center will also see a major upgrade. The Center will soon be equipped with a first-class training space, which will allow the Center to improve efforts to protect children in South Carolina. The Center will also expand its efforts to help communities disproportionately affected by pollution.
The School of Law also announced the new faculty members for the 2022-23 academic year. In addition to announcing the new faculty, the School of Law will also host a celebration for the opening of its new home. This event will feature speakers from legal and political leaders, as well as a dedication ceremony for the new building.
The College of Law is adding a new Health Law Certificate to its program. The Health Law Certificate will focus on legal issues relating to health care. The Health Law Certificate program will be offered in partnership with the College of Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina. In addition, a Health Law Certificate will be offered to students in the University of Alaska Anchorage and Western Oregon University. These programs will expand access to Alaskan students and students from those two schools. The Health Law Certificate program is one of the six certificates offered by the College of Law.
During her time at the School of Law, Alysja Carlisle established the Alysja Carlisle Scholarship, a scholarship available to future law students. The scholarship is named for Carlisle, who received a scholarship to attend the School of Law.
The Rule of Law Collaborative will expand its efforts to support the rule of law in countries affected by war or conflict. It will also support efforts to improve the lives of juveniles who are facing possible incarceration. In addition, the Collaborative will support research on sheriffs in the U.S., as well as sheriffs in other countries.
The Rule of Law Collaborative’s efforts will be expanded by the donation of a large gift from the estate of Marty Wolf. The estate donation will be used to expand experiential learning and curricular modernization. The donation will also support efforts to support developing countries and post-conflict countries.