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Schools Offering Law Programs in South Carolina

Each year, approximately 1.4% of South Carolina graduates receive degrees in law. That means an estimated 1,391 law professionals graduate from South Carolina's 41 law schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in South Carolina with a law program is Lander University, which is located in Greenwood. In 2010, it was ranked 45th nationwide. In 2010, Lander University graduated 3 students from its law program. Students at Lander University paid $9,154 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in South Carolina with a law program is University of South Carolina-Upstate, which is located in Spartanburg. In 2010, it was ranked 46th nationwide. 27 students graduated with degree in law from University of South Carolina-Upstate in 2010. Tuition at University of South Carolina-Upstate was $9,242 per year.

Southern Wesleyan University, which was ranked 46th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in South Carolina that has a law program. It is located in Central. In 2010, 2 students graduated from Southern Wesleyan University law program. Southern Wesleyan University charged in-state students $19,500 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of South Carolina's law schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $10,249 per year, though tuition can range from $32,800 per year to $2,594 per year. In 2010, the following South Carolina law schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Virginia College in Charleston - located in Charleston, students are charged $32,800 per year
  2. Coker College - located in Hartsville, students are charged $20,548 per year
  3. Anderson University - located in Anderson, students are charged $19,950 per year

The law schools in South Carolina that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Denmark Technical College - located in Denmark, students are charged $2,594 per year
  2. Williamsburg Technical College - located in Kingstree, students are charged $3,264 per year
  3. Northeastern Technical College - located in Cheraw, students are charged $3,342 per year

A law degree from a South Carolina school... what next?

Law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal are the professions of choice for a majority of law graduates in South Carolina. South Carolina had 25,880 law professionals in 2010. 5,310 of these law professionals were lawyers, 430 were law clerks, and 110 were administrative judges. In South Carolina, the largest numbers of law professional work in the following counties:

  1. Calhoun County - 6,430 law professionals
  2. Berkeley County - 4,430 law professionals
  3. Greenville County - 3,330 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of law professionals in South Carolina will grow by 7%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 29,460 law professionals working in South Carolina. The greatest growth for law professional is predicted to be amongst Paralegals, who are expected to increase by 23% by 2018.


On average, law professionals earn a salary of $50,001 per year in South Carolina state. But, salaries for law professional can vary. In 2010, law professional made as little as less than $16,310 per year or as much as more than $162,690 per year in South Carolina. Law professionals in the following South Carolina counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Sumter County - $62,365 per year
  2. Greenville County - $56,901 per year
  3. Calhoun County - $54,650 per year

On average, law professionals earn the least in the following South Carolina counties:

  1. Chesterfield County - $35,360 per year
  2. Abbeville County - $42,937 per year
  3. Horry County - $43,193 per year

On average, the highest paid law professionals in South Carolina were:

  1. Lawyer - $107,400 per year
  2. Administrative Judge - $78,600 per year
  3. Judge - $63,060 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in South Carolina were:

  1. Court Clerk - $30,510 per year
  2. Bailiff - $25,520 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in South Carolina and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in South Carolina
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in South Carolina
  • Master's Degree in Law in South Carolina
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in South Carolina
  • Certificate in Law in South Carolina

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 9,510 $38,330
Lawyers 5,310 $107,400 1.1%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 3,750 $42,820 15.4%
Legal Secretaries 3,030 $34,370 -5.9%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 1,100 $30,510 -14.1%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,030 $56,750 -12.7%
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 720 $63,060 -20.9%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 530 $38,150 -1.9%
Judicial Law Clerks 430 $34,500
Bailiffs 360 $25,520 12.5%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 110 $78,600 -8.3%

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