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Gain the tools necessary to be successful in a culturally diverse and global environment.

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. Ideal candidates 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.

The Law School recommends that students contemplating a career in law take courses which require them to develop conscientious study habits, analytical skills and critical thinking. The applicant should be highly literate and have developed a discriminating regard for facts, a capacity to make critical judgments and the ability to engage in inductive and deductive reasoning.

Evidence of an applicant’s intellectual maturity is more important in making admission decisions than his or her major in undergraduate or graduate school as there is no prescribed or recommended pre-law curriculum. Undergraduate majors in entering classes range from political science to English to foreign languages, sciences, engineering, mathematics and the arts.

Application Process

View the Law School application process as well as the required materials for admission to USD School of Law.


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