We ensure that our legal education is as affordable as possible for our students. Whether you are a resident or not, our costs are very competitive. As education costs have risen over the last few years, we have maintained some of the lowest rates in the country without sacrificing the quality of education.

Tuition & Fees 2017 - 2018

Full-Time Annual Tuition & Fee Rates (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Resident Nonresident
$15,668.40 $33,744.40

Full-time costs are based on a first-year full-time schedule of 32 credits and include all tuition and fees for the academic year. The first year curriculum consists of 32 credits, 16 per semester for fall and spring semesters.

Flex-Time (Part-Time) Annual Tuition & Fees (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Resident Nonresident
$9,758.00 $19,398.72

Flex-time costs are based on eight credit hours per semester (16 credits per year) plus required semester fees. Costs may vary depending on number of credits taken each semester.

Breakdown of Costs (2017-2018 Annual Rates)

Resident Full-Time Tuition (per year) $13,182.00
Resident Flex-Time Tuition (per year) $10,900.00
Non-Resident Full-Time Tuition (per year) $31,258.00
Non-Resident Flex-Time Tuition (per year) $22,891.00
Law School Activity Fee (per semester) $1162.00
General Activity Fee (per credit hour) $52.70
Bar Prep Fee (per semester) $400.00

Summer Semester Tuition & Fees

Summer semester tuition and fees apply to the study abroad program in China and externships. The costs are calculated based on the hourly rate per credit hour and applicable fees listed above.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We strive to make an affordable legal education available to any student. You may contact the financial aid office for resources on attending the School of Law. Scholarships are also available and all admitted students are automatically considered for internal scholarship opportunities. The scholarship committee considers a variety of factors, including merit and need, when selecting students for scholarships. Initial offers for internal scholarships are made at the beginning of March.

Residency Information

As a public school, tuition costs vary based on residency status. You can determine your eligibility for South Dakota residency by reviewing the South Dakota Board of Regents policy. If you wish to apply for a change of residency status, you must contact the university registrar’s office.

View Board of Regents Policy

Veterans, South Dakota National Guard members and other military personnel may be eligible for discounted tuition rates or a waiver of the residency time requirement. For additional information, please contact the Military & Veteran Services office.

Who is a Resident for Tuition Purposes?

  • Anyone who has lived in South Dakota for 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling in a state institution
  • Active duty personnel and spouse stationed in South Dakota
  • Anyone who has graduated from a South Dakota High School
  • Anyone who marries a South Dakota resident