The South Carolina Bar results are out and the new Charleston School of Law did not fair so well when compared to the more established USC School of Law. 91 percent of University of South Carolina law grads passed the bar, whereas just 70 percent of Charleston law grads did. That is a pretty wide disparity. The Charleston School of Law's reputation is further tarnished by suggestions that the Supreme Court of South Carolina tossed out the Trusts and Estates section of the bar exam to boost the Charleston pass rate. I think this latter assertion is incredible, but whispers abound.
Of course, it is not an easy job to found a new law school and a 70 percent passage rate is substantial. Nonetheless, Charleston will always be compared to USC. While Charleston is a beautiful place to live, its law school's price tag and a bar passage rate 20 points lower than USC's might persuade some perspective law students to look towards the midlands rather than the low country.