South Dakota Law School

The University of South Dakota School of Law seeks to attract graduates of approved colleges and universities who have made a commitment to study law and who possess superior intelligence, sound judgment, good moral character, and a willingness to devote themselves to the service of others and the improvement of the legal profession.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.usd.edu/law
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) law@usd.edu
Location (Location) Vermillion, SD
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1901
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 143
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 147
Median GPA : 3.36
Acceptance Rate : 65%


South Dakota Law School Admissions

South Dakota Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 65% of its applicants. Comparatively, Southdakota is Significantly Lower than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2020 374 240 (64.17%) 86 (23.0%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.01 3.36 3.67
LSAT 144 147 151

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $14,688 $31,747
Part Time $9,830 $21,077
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $12,716
Living off-campus: $14,679
Living at home: N/A

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 01/01
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 04/01
Application Fee : $35

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South Dakota Law School Community

South Dakota Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Below Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Southdakota is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 12
  • Part Time : 7

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 8
  • # Minority Faculty : 1

RATIO

17.9 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : Yes
  • Graduate Housing : Yes
  • Law Specific Housing : No

South Dakota Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. University of South Dakota 1L section size is equal to law schools in South Dakota and 154% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

South Dakota Law School: 52
South Dakota Average: 52
PUBLIC School Average: 132
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 256
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 0
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 9
  • Law Journals : 19
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 6.4%
  • Second Year : 1.7%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

South Dakota Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The University of South Dakota class of 2015 had an employment rate of 90% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

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In 2015, 71.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 46.0%
  • Business: 13.0%
  • Government: 17.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • South Dakota: 67%
  • Iowa: 10%
  • Illinois: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 71.3%
  • First Time Takers: 80
  • Average School: 75.4%
  • Average State: 75.3%
  • Pass Difference: 0.2%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • South Dakota : 75.3%
  • Passed : 43 of 57 (75.4%)
  • State Average : 75.3%
  • Difference : 0.2%