The Charleston School of Law, South Carolina’s new law school, graduated its first class of 186 students on Saturday, May 19,2007.
Charleston School of Law Dean Richard Gershon said, ” These are our pioneers.” The law school opened in 2004 and is located in downtown Charleston. The school received its provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in December of last year and now has around 600 students.
Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings told the graduates that lawyers are among the greatest American leaders, invoking names like Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Today as you graduate, America’s heart is strong,” Hollings said. “We’ve got strong communities, the most productive industries, and the most competitive society. People are ready, willing and able to sacrifice. But we need, in their wake, the graduating class of 2007 lawyers to give her a steady hand. You can do it..