The School of Law is a member of Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association of Public Interest Law. Through its membership, you are eligible for summer internships and fellowships upon graduation from law school. Several opportunities exist in South Dakota on the Indian reservations and elsewhere in the U.S.
Once you've completed your first year of law school, you may apply to participate in the Summer Federal Judicial Externship program. Under the supervision of the judge's law clerk, you will be involved in all aspects of chambers activity. Activities include legal research and writing, courtroom observation and exposure to chambers procedure. You will earn six credit hours for the nine weeks of externship placement.
The R.D. Hurd Volunteer Law School Society is a program designed to give second-and third-year law students an opportunity to provide pro bono legal services to low-income people. You will interview clients, perform research, prepare documents and in some instances make court appearances. A legal services attorney will supervise you and offer assistance throughout the case.
The Veteran's Legal Assistance Group promotes pro bono involvement at the law school and provides service to veterans of the U.S. military.
Law students in VITA prepare income taxes for students and low-income people at no charge.