Law, the School of Business, the Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the University of South Dakota Honors Program. Honors Scholars receive provisional (automatic) admission to the School of Law upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Pursue their undergraduate degree at the University of South Dakota
  • Participate in, and successfully complete, the University Honors Program
  • Graduate from the University in four years, no later than the May commencement ceremony
  • Graduate with a minimum grade point average of 3.50
  • Participate in an Honors seminar taught or co-taught by a Law School faculty member or the Introduction to Law & Legal Studies course (POLS) designed, coordinated and taught by the Law School
  • Have a Law School faculty member serve on his or her thesis committee
  • Take the LSAT for statistical purposes only (will not be used for admission purposes).

High school students should submit the University's Common Scholarship Application materials to the undergraduate Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the year they plan to enter USD. Applicants must include the application, transcripts of high school work and confirmation of the ACT score. A selection committee will identify applicants who will be invited for interviews. Applicants must indicate on the form that they are interested in being considered for the Law Honors Scholars Program.

A student applying for this program must be a graduating high school senior, have excellent grades at the time of application and have a score of 27 or higher on the ACT. Beyond demonstrated academic accomplishment and potential, the selection committee will seek students with the personal qualities required of a good lawyer. These include integrity, compassion, fairness with colleagues and a capacity for leadership. The best candidates will have a keen desire to understand and help people.