It's not too late to apply for fall 2015! Applications will be accepted through July 15. June LSAT scores are accepted.

The University of South Dakota School of Law has a long and proud history. For over 100 years, the School of Law has produced respected and educated lawyers. Our alumni make up a majority of the membership of the South Dakota Bar. Countless federal court judges and trial court judges across South Dakota and other states are graduates of the USD School of Law including four sitting members of the South Dakota Supreme Court and one current member of the Iowa Supreme Court.

We provide a solid education with seasoned faculty members who are experts in their  respective fields. The intimate nature of our School allows faculty to provide personal, often one on one, attention to students. We are very much community-orientated, giving students the opportunity to work together and help each other succeed. All these factors contribute to our excellent first-time bar passage rates and employment statistics.


  • A University of South Dakota School of Law student has been appointed to a national American Bar Association group focused on intellectual property.

  • SD Lawyer
    The 2014-2015 issue of the South Dakotan Lawyer is now available! Stay informed on current initiatives, student activities and alumni updates.
  • "Which law schools have seen the most significant gains since 2011? Schools in the West North Central region (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota) saw an increase of 13.4%, bringing their collective 2014 rate to 79.2%—which also happens to be the highest employment rate of any region in the country. We suspect this is in no small part due to the surge at the University of South Dakota School of Law, which has seen its employment rates move from 45.5% to 79% in 2014 (the largest increase of any school..."