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 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. BLSA annually 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 Criminal Justice Education Project provides education about the justice system for future public defenders, prosecutors and practicing attorneys. This group provides access to educational materials and engages speakers who relate the world of crime to a variety of fields. Its goal is to provide research support to attorneys and judges in South Dakota.
Delta Theta Phi is the legal fraternity at USD. It is a primarily social and service organization that includes dinner meetings, guest speaker programs and social functions.
Our mission is to raise awareness of the family law field and opportunities for students to establish and maintain a networking relationship with practicing family law attorneys, and to enrich the role of family law practice in the community. Family Law and Children's Advocacy Group (FLCA) is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of children and committed to advancing children’s interests by connecting academia and the world of policy and practice, and by training students to contribute to law reform and social change.
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 Federalist 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.
The Internet and Cyber Law Society is an organization dedicated to promoting awareness and discussion to students from all backgrounds about the flow of information through electronic media and the laws governing those areas. Past events have included speakers on marketing technology for firm and solo practice, as well as computer-networking technology and the inherent risks of cyber-hacking.
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 is a member of the Native American 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, 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.
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.
Our group provides opportunities for those interested in a career in the entertainment or sports industries. Opportunities include attending the NFL Combine and Sports Management World Wide Conference and the ABA Entertainment and Sport Law conferences.
The mission of the St. Thomas More Society is to foster full integration of the Catholic faith into the daily practice of law, striving to emulate St. Thomas More, the patron saint of attorneys. The organization works alongside other interfaith organizations, offers lectures and discussion opportunities on matters of faith and morals, especially as they pertain to our vocations in the law, and offers opportunities to participate in community service projects.
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.