How to Apply

You may start applying for the next year's admission Sept. 1. We seek applicants from all backgrounds, from political science and English to foreign languages, sciences, engineering, mathematics and the arts.

We consider a number of factors for admission, including:

  • LSAT or GRE Score
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Graduate and other academic work
  • Professional experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Writing skills
  • Community activities

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

 

Application Process

We participate in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). All applicants must register with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and register for the CAS to apply.

Admission Materials

All application materials are part of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and will be included in your law school report. For additional information on admission materials and requirements, please refer to the current graduate catalog. 
 

International, Transfer and Visiting Students

If you are an international applicant, transfer application or visiting student, you can view additional details regarding your application process below.
 
 
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Are you a high school student or a USD undergraduate student who already knows you want to go to law school? We offer unique programs to help you jump start your path toward the law profession.

 

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Contact Us

Law School Admissions
USD Knudson School of Law
Office of Admissions
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

student success story

Success story Turner Blasius posing for the camera in a suit and tie.
I am a proud South Dakotan, and when I visited USD Law, I felt that the school and its faculty properly represented South Dakotan values. Following, Dean Fulton was one of the main deciding factors for me, because he is a native South Dakotan who has practiced law at a high level in South Dakota. Additionally, when I visited with Dean Fulton, he made my parents and I feel right at home and made us believe that USD Law School was best equipped to build me into a successful lawyer.

Turner Blasius

Class of 2023
Sioux Falls, SD

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