The Student Bar Association introduces law students to a professional legal organization and the activities and responsibilities of the organized legal profession. The Student Bar Association is affiliated with the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Delegates are sent each year to the national convention of the organization.
The USD chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) is comprised of law students who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law. The American Constitution Society is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. ACS encourages members to express their views and make their voices heard. Organizational activities include fall and spring programs to interact with students, faculty and guest speakers.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is active in providing opportunities and venues for participation by its members to promote the awareness of minorities on the campus and surrounding communities. The Black Law Students Association hosts BLSA Week annually, which is a culmination of events taking place during February in conjunction with Black History Month. BLSA is instrumental in helping recruit potential students to the School of Law and are committed to helping build a foundation for the future.
The Christian Legal Society is a non-denominational organization designed to provide students with fellowship and support in understanding the integration of Christian life and the law. The organization meets on a weekly basis for reading and discussion. Local attorneys are occasionally invited to meetings to present guest lectures.
CBLA 's purpose is to unite USD law and business students with current practitioners to create a social getaway to learning how the law and business relate in today's economy. The CBLA will strive to make the joint degree program (JD/MBA) more fluid and transparent while encouraging and supporting continued development of the curriculum.
There are two legal fraternities serving the School of Law: Delta Theta Phi and Phi Alpha Delta. The fraternities are primarily social and service organizations whose activities include dinner meetings, guest speaker programs and social functions.
A pro bono organization to primarily provide pro bono services to victims of domestic violence such as assisting in ex parte protection orders and actions for permanent protection orders. There are also opportunities to do research for community attorneys. The Domestic Violence Legal Program works closely with the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and the South Dakota Bar Pro Bono Coordinator.
Their founding principles are that the state exists to preserve individual freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. Organizational activities will include sponsoring debates, discussions, and speeches, assisting other organizations in recruiting nationally known speakers, and hosting informational and social gatherings.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice is a student-led, student-driven nationwide network of law students, professors, and lawyers committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement. LSRJ educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will emerge prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.
The School of Law Chapter is a member of the National American Indian Law Student Association. Its principal goals are to provide a local and national network of mutual support, to focus attention on Indian Law issues of interest to the Law School community, and to serve as a minority and cultural resource within the University community.
The OUTLaws' mission is to promote, further and support the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and their friends and family, to encourage diversity, and to provide education regarding LGBT-related and diversity-related issues on campus and within the community at-large.
There are two legal fraternities serving the School of Law: Delta Theta Phi and Phi Alpha Delta. The fraternities are primarily social and service organizations whose activities include dinner meetings, guest speaker programs, and social functions.
The mission of PILG is to provide students interested in public interest careers with information and resources about internships, fellowships, career development and other related opportunities; to hold public interest-related events at the law school; to provide support to students who do not want to pursue a traditional private-sector legal career; and to educate the student body as a whole about public interest law.
The STLA is a student chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ALTA) and is dedicated to providing information and opportunities to students interested in trial work. Through ATLA and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (SDTLA), the STLA brings practicing attorneys to the Law School to enlighten students on the practice aspects of preparing for a trial. STLA also supports USD Mock Trial team, which travel to competitions during the spring semester to test their trial advocacy skills against teams from other law schools from around the nation.
Women in Law is an organization composed of both male and female law students, faculty members and members of the South Dakota State Bar. The group works to increase awareness of current issues affecting women in law. It solicits speakers for the annual State Bar meeting. Past speakers have included Sarah Weddington, an attorney who argued before the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Pat Clark, Director of the Klan Watch.