February 21, 2020

South Carolina

Charleston School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Margaret M. Lawton
Tel: (843) 377-2423
Fax: (843) 579-2840

Disability Resources

Disabled Student Services

Provides assistance and guidance to students with a documented disability to ensure equal access to the School of Law.  Discusses the documentation required to apply for accommodations. 

Other Information

Several courses in the Charleston School of Law curriculum consider mental health and disability rights.  In particular, Psychiatry and the Law: Criminal and Civil Issues, provides a detailed overview of selected criminal and civil topics prominent in the interface between psychiatry and the law. Topics included are: Criminal Competencies; Mental State Defenses, including Insanity Defense, Diminished Capacity, and other psychiatric defenses; the Guilty But Mentally Ill plea; Civil Commitment Law and Procedure; Informed Consent; Confidentiality and Privilege; Sexually Violent Predator Law; Conservatorship / Guardianship Issues; and Testamentary Capacity.

Two employment law courses consider disability rights.  Employment Discrimination Law examines federal laws that prohibit employment-related discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (gender), national origin, age, and disability. While primarily focusing on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, this course also covers and considers, inter alia, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). 
Employment Law surveys common law, statutory, and constitutional regulation of the employment relationship.  It examines many facets of the employment relationship including: employment at will; employment contracts; individual and collective job security; employer and employee interests in trade secrets, competition, and privacy; prohibitions against discrimination and harassment; wage and hour laws; health and pension plans; health and safety; and the resolution of workplace disputes.

Higher Education Law examines cases, legislation, and administrative decisions related to higher education. Topics to be explored include campus safety, peer harassment and mistreatment, threatening activity in the aftermath of Columbine and 9/11, Internet-related issues and concerns, and the implications of legal controversies in the areas of curriculum, religion and values.


University of South Carolina School of Law (Columbia)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Affairs, (803) 777-2430

Director of Student Affairs
Heather P. Beatty
1525 Senate Street
Room 127A
Columbia, SC 29208


Other Information

The Law School Office of Student Affairs works in conjunction with the University Office of Student Disability Services to provide services and accommodations for our law students with disabilities. Once a law student's disability documentation is processed and certified by the Office of Student Disability Services, the Law School Office of Student Affairs receives a letter with recommended services and accommodations. Once that letter is received, the Law School Student Affairs office facilitates the administration of those services and accommodations and works with faculty members to ensure our disabled students receive the support they need. The Director for the University of South Carolina's Office of Student Disability Services is Dr. Karen Pettus: USC Office of Student Disability Services, LeConte, Room 112A, Columbia, SC 29208, 803-777-6142