USD Law has made every attempt to control costs and keep a legal education as affordable as possible for its students. Whether a resident or not, our costs are very competitive. As education costs have risen over the last few years, we have maintained some of the lowest rates in the country without sacrificing the quality of education. In fact, USD Law was ranked the #5 Best Value Law School by PreLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication 2010-2014.

Tuition & Fees 2015 - 2016

Full-Time Annual Tuition Rates (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Resident  Minnesota Reciprocity  Nonresident 
$14,688 $21,896

Full-time costs are based on a first-year full-time schedule of 32 credits and include all tuition and fees for the academic year. The first year curriculum consists of 32 credits, 16 per semester for Fall and Spring semesters.

Flex-Time (Part-Time) Annual Tuition & Fees (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Resident  Minnesota Resident  Nonresident 
$9,830 $14,636 $21,077

Flex-time costs are based on 8 credit hours per semester (16 credits per year) plus required semester fees. Costs may vary depending on number of credits taken each semester.

Cost per Semester/Credit Hour

Resident Full-time (flat rate per semester) $3,995
Resident Flex-time (per credit hour) $332.92
Minnesota reciprocity (flat rate per semester) $7,599
Minnesota Flex-time (per credit hour) $633.25
Nonresident Full-time (flat rate per semester) $12,146
Nonresident Flex-time (per credit hour) $1,012.16

Full-time is 12-18 credit hours and billed on a flat rate. Flex-time is billed on a per credit hour basis.


Law School Specific Fee (flat rate per semester for all students)
University Support Fee (per credit hour)

$93.80 (resident)

$117.45 (non-resident)

General Activity Fee (per credit hour)
$43.40 (resident & non-resident)