Political Science

South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL)

The South Carolina Student Legislature is a student-led simulation of the South Carolina General Assembly. Colleges and universities across the state send delegations to plenary sessions in the fall and spring. Members of the delegation research and draft new legislation, develop strategies to win enactment of legislation, learn and apply parliamentary procedures and participate in the governing structure of the statewide organization.

SCSL FAQ

Who may join the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL)?

Any undergraduate student may become a member of the class (POSC 3120) and the SCSL organization. There are no course prerequisites. Students must demonstrate a commitment to attend and participate in class meetings, complete required out-of-class assignments and contribute to class simulations.

May I earn course credits for participating in SCSL?

Yes. POSC 3120 is a one-credit course. It is possible to earn a total of six credit hours from POSC 312. Three the credit hours of SCSL are equivalent to one regular political science course and may be applied toward the political science major (please refer to Clemson’s Undergraduate Announcements catalog for specific regulations on using SCSL credits toward the political science degree).

Do I have to be a declared political science major or minor to join SCSL?

No. You may be a major in any program offered on campus.

Do I need to meet a minimum grade point ratio to participate in SCSL?

No minimum GPR is required.

How often are the meetings?

Weekly classes are scheduled during each semester, meeting once a week for one hour.

 Would certain course work be helpful before joining SCSL?

Yes. While not required, SCSL members tend to benefit from taking American National Government (POSC 1010), State and Local Government (POSC 3020) and Constitutional Law (POSC 4370 and 4380). Communication courses (such as COMM 2500) and introductory courses in economics and history are also helpful. It also is helpful to keep up with current state events and national affairs on your own by reading appropriate newspapers and newsmagazines.

What about the state plenary sessions?

Clemson’s SCSL usually sends a delegation to the state plenary sessions in Columbia in the fall and in Myrtle Beach in the spring. Every class member is encouraged to attend; however, in cases when the number of students we can send is limited, delegates are chosen on the basis of interest and work in and outside of the classroom. Since attendance at the plenary sessions involves missing classes, each participant is required to clear anticipated absences with course instructors.

Do I have to attend the state plenary sessions in the spring and fall semesters?

No, but it is strongly encouraged.

Should I expect expenses at the conferences?

Yes. Our budget does not cover out-of-pocket expenses. Generally, each delegate is guaranteed delegate fees and hotel costs while accepting responsibility for travel and meals.

How early should I get involved?

Since experience is the best teacher, you should become involved as early in your college career as possible. Many students remain active in SCSL for four years.

Who is the SCSL faculty advisor?

Students interested in participating in SCSL should contact Mr. Michael Cunningham <Michael.Cunningham@anmedhealth.org>.