The maximum number of skill points you can start with would be if you played as a Hutt, since Hutts get 6 race bonus skill points. Combine that with the standard number of skill points (14+12+10+8+6) given at level 1, and the maximum is 56. You get one skill point for each experience level you reach.
If you click on the 'character' link on the right of your console under the 'manage' section, you will see a 'view character creation' link. This will let you go through the character creation steps to try different races/skill point assignments (but it doesn't actually create a new character).
Light speed is too slow! We're going to have to go right to...Ludicrous speed.
Thank-you Mr.Thane. I needed the info because my raffle will invole this greatly. Once last question to whoever can answer. How many skill points from level 1 to level 2 do you gain? (Use whatever species for example).
You can have 0 skill points at level 1 as they all have to be assigned to skills at character creation, Amp Thane is correct in that the maximum skill points a character can have already assigned at level one is 56 for Hutt's.
And then yes as others have said every time you level up you get 1 skill point.