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Alternative Dispute Resolution Board

The South Dakota Alternative Dispute Resolution Board educates students on the practical aspects of law. Our members develop and perfect the skills of negotiating and counseling on behalf of a client. The client counseling and negotiation board consists of 12 members who host an intra-school competition each semester. In addition, board members are given the opportunity to compete against law students from across the nation in regional and national competitions.

As a board member, you will also coordinate client-intake opportunities for students in conjunction with legal services. You earn academic credit for your active participation in competitions and helping other teams prepare for competition. In order to be eligible for membership on the board, you must participate in an intra-school competition hosted each semester.

China Program

The summer law program in China provides six credit hours in comparative law topics ranging from property, environmental law and antitrust to civil procedure. You will study for four weeks at two different Chinese law universities alongside Chinese law students. Faculty from the School of Law and the University of Montana School of Law co-teach courses with respected Chinese law professors. Financial aid is available and many students choose to spend additional time in China traveling and learning more about Chinese language, culture and food.

Moot Court

As a member of the South Dakota Moot Court Board, you'll refine your skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy. We offer this opportunity to outstanding second- and third-year students. You'll compete against top-performing law students at tournaments around the country.

Recent teams have placed in the top four in the nation at the prestigious New York City Bar tournament and won the regional American Bar Association moot court competition.

To be eligible for membership, all interested first-year law students must participate in the School of Law's annual Sam Masten Intramural Moot Court Competition. The competition culminates with a final round before a distinguished panel, usually composed of South Dakota Supreme Court justices.

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Practica

Alaska Tax Practicum

The tax practice and skills course gives you the opportunity to represent hard-to-reach, low-income rural residents in communities throughout Alaska, joining over 150 program contributors and more than 80 volunteers. You will provide direct legal assistance in individual and business tax law to nearly 130 native communities across 10 regions in Alaska.

The practicum is two credit hours and counts toward completion of the experiential learning requirement for graduation.

Indigent Defense Practicum

This practicum allows students to represent low-income criminal defendants while learning litigation, negotiation, advocacy skills and appeals processes. You will work side-by-side with the Minnehaha County Public Defender and the Public Advocate's offices as a defense litigation attorney. You will conduct interviews and assist in representing clients through several phases of the criminal justice process, including appeals work. In addition, you may have the opportunity to learn about and participate in applications for writs of habeas corpus and parole revocation proceedings.

This practicum is two credits and counts toward completion of the experiential learning requirement for graduation.