During a dedication ceremony on July 2, University of South Carolina School of Law students, alumni, faculty, and administrators celebrated the school’s new home. The new building, which includes brand new classrooms, is also filled with state-of-the-art technology.
The law school is in a historic time of growth. The school is also focusing on students’ ability to develop the skills needed to succeed in the legal world. Professors are working on improving the outcomes for juveniles and other victims of domestic violence. They are also focusing on increasing access to justice for children in South Carolina.
The Law School’s Mock Trial and Moot Court teams broke school records in the fall competition season. In October, the school was awarded the 2021 King of the Hill Mock Trial Competition. The School also announced that its incoming class was the most academically talented class in school history. The class also improved the school’s profile for the fifth consecutive year.
The law school is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The school is also encouraging students to take advantage of all resources available to them. Incoming students will be joining a network of peer mentors who will support them in their first year at the school. The School of Law is also promoting a series on women. In addition, faculty are facilitating a series on gender non-conforming people.
The Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic is opening on July 2. The clinic is directed by Clinical Instructor Bennett Gore Jr., who served in the military. His clinic is the only one of its kind in Oregon. He will also teach immigration law this fall.
The Law School is also preparing to welcome its first-ever full-time licensed professional counselor staff member. Former federal jurist Abby DeBorde will be the first to serve in this role. In addition, Abby will be the first full-time licensed professional counselor staff member to have a background in law.
The School of Law will also host a symposium on November 2-4. This event is part of a series of activities that will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estates Law Journal. The symposium will include a trip to the site of the Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council case. It will also feature Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Samuel Alito as the keynote speaker.
The law school is preparing to welcome its first-ever full-time clinical professor. Clinical Instructor Clyde “Bennett” Gore Jr. is a South Carolina native who served in the military. He will teach the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. He will also serve as an adjunct professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
The School of Law’s Women in Law organization recently held its annual WIL to Run 5k in September. The event raised more than $3,000 for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. In addition, the law school is partnering with local teachers through the Adopt a Teacher program.