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Charleston School of Law Juris Doctor Program Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024

Academic Catalog and Handbook

Suggested Elective Course Tracks

Students who are interested in learning more about specific areas of law without seeking the qualifying designation may wish to consider  several elective and skills courses listed in the suggested course tracks:

  • Tax Practice
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Technology.

Please note: not all courses listed will be offered every semester or every academic year. The courses listed are representative of the subject matter of the particular track.

For questions, please contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, academics@charlestonlaw.edu, or 843.377.2420.

Tax Practice Course Track

This suggested track is for students who are interested in any area of federal taxation. 

**Please note: not all elective courses will be offered every semester or every academic year. Furthermore, these course lists may be updated to include additional new courses or to remove courses no longer offered. An asterisk denotes a course required for graduation. 

Core Courses
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates (6950)*
  • Federal Income Tax (773)
Key Electives 
  • State and Local Tax (8250) or Introduction to State and Local Tax (8251)
Skills Courses
  • Tax Externship/Probate Court Externship (at least two credit hours)
  • Elder Law Practicum (712)

Business Law Course Track

The business law track includes a foundational core curriculum in addition to required courses.

**Please note: not all elective courses will be offered every semester or every academic year.  Furthermore, these course lists may be updated to include additional new courses or to remove courses no longer offered. An asterisk denotes a course required for graduation.

Core Courses
  •  Business Organizations (6405)*
  • Contracts I & II (510 & 515)*
  • Sales (809)*
  • Secured Transactions (805)*
Other Key Electives
  • Employment Law (768)
  • Intellectual Property (780)
Skills Courses
  • Drafting Commercial Documents (756)
Related and Advanced Courses
  • Insurance Law (679 or 680)
  • Land Use Planning (785)

Intellectual Property Course Track

The Intellectual Property track includes a foundational core curriculum in addition to courses required for graduation.

**Please note: not all courses will be offered every semester or every academic year. Furthermore, these course lists may be updated to include additional new courses or to remove courses no longer offered. An asterisk denotes a course required for graduation. 

Core Courses
  • Contracts I & II (510 & 515)*
  • Intellectual Property (780)
  • Copyright Law (619)
Other Key Electives
  • Intellectual Property Transactions (682)
Skills Courses
  • Advanced Legal Research (716)
Related and Advanced Courses
  • Lawyers in the Media (702)

Legal Technology Course Track 

The legal technology track includes a foundational core curriculum in addition to required courses.

**Please note: not all elective courses will be offered every semester or every academic year.  Furthermore, these course lists may be updated to include additional new courses or to remove courses no longer offered. An asterisk denotes a course required for graduation. 

Core Courses:

  • Contracts I & II (510 & 515)*
  • Legal Technology for Practice (7280)
  • Principles of E-Discovery (632)

Key Electives:

  • Intellectual Property (78)

Skills Courses:

  • Drafting Commercial Documents (756)

Related and Advanced Courses:

  • Lawyers in the Media (702)