Providing a high-quality, affordable legal education for over 114 years.

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.


  • University of South Dakota School of Law Professor Thomas Horton’s upcoming article, "China's Anti-Monopoly Law Enforcement Efforts," was featured by Competition Policy International Journal (CPI) and will be published in December by the Santa Clara Journal of International Law.

  • SD Lawyer
    The 2014-2015 issue of the South Dakotan Lawyer is now available! Stay informed on current initiatives, student activities and alumni updates.
  • USD Law came in as the #5 Most Underrated Law School in the country according to a recent paper published online by a law professor at the University of North Carolina. The paper focused on three measures of success: students’ employment outcomes, their median scores on the Law School Admission Test, and the number of citations that a school’s law review receives.