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.


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    RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Seventh Circuit Judges Jane Wipf Pfeifle and Craig Pfeifle, both graduates of the University of South Dakota School of Law, are featured in the latest edition of the American Bar Association Journal for being what the ABA believes is the only couple on the same bench in the same circuit appointed by the same governor in the same state.

  • This issue features: NALSA receives oustanding chapter and 2L awards, Professor Hutton receives Cutler and McKusick awards, alumni spotlights

  • The 4th Annual Lavender Lecture will be on Monday, Oct 19 at 5:30pm in the Law School Courtroom. This year's guest lecturer is Attorney Bridget Wilson. This event is sponsored by the USD OUTlaws and VLEG.