Charleston School of Law freezes tuition cost for 2020-21 year; saving students thousands

Students attending Charleston School of Law will be saving a lot of money on their law degree. The law school has made the unanimous decision to freeze tuition rates for the 2020-21 academic year.  

“The tuition freeze was decided by President J. Edward Bell, III and the Board of Directors, on the recommendation of the Dean and Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid,” Dean Larry Cunningham said.

Additionally, students already enrolled at Charleston School of Law will be locked into the current rate for the duration of their law school career. 

“We are always cognizant of the importance of keeping tuition affordable,” Dean Larry Cunningham said. “Decisions are made on an annual basis.” 

Current rates for a year at Charleston School of Law will cost $41,100 (full-time) or $33,024 (part-time). The American Bar Association last reported that 88% of students at Charleston Law received a scholarship of some kind and 24% received scholarships covering between half and up to full tuition.  

And if you’re wondering what this means in regards to the quality of academics and education, Dean Cunningham says no cuts will be made.   

“We intend to deliver the same quality instruction and array of programs as before through careful management of our expenses,” he said. 

The tuition freeze decision is recent, so it’s too soon to tell the impact it will have on enrollment numbers. But Cunningham is hopeful more students will apply and attend Charleston School of Law in the future. 

“It has been our longstanding policy that students in good academic standing (2.0 or 2.1 GPA depending on the year of entry) do not forfeit their scholarship just because they do not make an additional grade threshold,” Cunningham said. “We hope that these decisions, taken together, will help to keep a legal education within the financial reach of as many students as possible.”  

Cunningham also hopes that other law schools will follow Charleston’s lead and freeze their tuition rates so that more people have the ability to go to law school.

“By keeping tuition affordable, we can alleviate some of the burdens of student loan debt and enable more students to become attorneys who help traditionally underserved populations of clients,” he said.  “We see it as our role to do what we can to help close the access-to-justice gap.”

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