Trial Experiences

Although subject to some exceptions, an attorney admitted to practice law in South Carolina may not appear alone as counsel in any hearing, trial, or deposition in a case pending before a court of this State until the attorney’s trial experiences under Rule 403 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR) have been approved by the Supreme Court.  A link to the rule and to the certificate that must be submitted to the Office of Bar Admissions to seek approval of the trial experiences appears below.

Rule 403, SCACR


Under the current rule, two of the Rule 403 trial experiences may be satisfied by viewing videos available on the South Carolina Bar's website. A person who is not admitted in South Carolina will need to create an account as a "candidate" to register to view the videos. Separate links to the instructions for creating an account (which contains a link to creating an account) and to register to view the videos appear below. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours for the videos to be viewable once you complete the registration process.

Instructions to Create an Account on SC Bar Website
Registration to View Rule 403 Video Experiences


Office Location:
Supreme Court Building
1231 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Office Hours:
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Excluding state holidays

Mailing Address:
Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of South Carolina
P.O. Box 11330
Columbia, SC 29211


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