Apr 24, 2013

National Law Journal cites USD School of Law for grads in government, public interest occupations

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law is one of the top law schools in the nation when it comes to placing graduates in public interest and government jobs.

According to the National Law Journal, the USD School of Law ranks fifth in the United States for grads in public interest or government jobs, one spot ahead of the Georgetown University Law Center and right behind City University of New York School of Law.

“One of the core missions of the law school is to assure a pool of high-quality graduates to fill necessary and essential public service positions in South Dakota at an affordable price,” said Tom Geu, interim dean of the USD School of Law. “The rankings suggest the law school is successfully fulfilling that mission.”

The National Law Journal rankings are based on the 20 law schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2012 graduating class into either government jobs, such as prosecutors, or public interest jobs, such as public defenders or nonprofit attorneys. According to data released by the National Law Journal, a little more than 26 percent (26.3) of 2012 USD School of Law graduates entered the workforce in government or public interest positions. The College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law ranked first at 34.3 percent followed by George Washington University School of Law at 32.5 percent.

The complete National Law Journal list is available online at www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202595078977&slreturn=20130318114333.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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