Almost eight years after the Charleston School of Law was founded, it has reached a major milestone: full accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Dean Andy Abrams announced the news late Friday afternoon.

"In 2003, we began with a dream to create a second law school in South Carolina, a student-centered law school focused on service to the citizens of the state and region," he said. "This is no longer a dream, but a reality."

The accreditation not only reaffirms the school's top-notch status but also opens the door for it to explore offering dual degrees with other Lowcountry colleges and universities, offering a Masters of Law degree (in addition to its current Jurist Doctor degree), and adding study abroad options.

Read more in Saturday's editions of The Post and Courier.