Equal Justice Works

The School of Law is a member of Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association of Public Interest Law. Through its membership, USD law students 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.

First-Year Federal Judicial Externship

Students who have completed their first year of law school may apply to participate in the Summer Federal Judicial Externship program. The students, under the supervision of the judge’s law clerk, are involved in all aspects of chambers activity. Activities include legal research and writing, courtroom observation and exposure to chambers procedure. The students earn six credit hours for the nine weeks of externship placement.

R.D. Hurd Volunteer Law School Society

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 persons. The students interview clients, perform research, prepare documents and in some instances make court appearances. Students are assigned as supervisor a Legal Services attorney who offers assistance to the student throughout the case.

Veterans' Legal Assistance

The Veteran’s Legal Assistance Group promotes pro bono involvement at the law school and provides service to veterans of the U.S. military. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Law Students in VITA prepare income taxes for students and low-income people at no charge.

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