Public Service & Law Research

Engage in impactful research, addressing critical issues, analyzing legal frameworks and making a lasting change in public service and law.


The University of South Dakota excels in public service and law research, driven by its commitment to addressing pressing societal challenges and advancing the field of law. Researchers at the university explore critical issues and analyze legal frameworks, contributing to an informed understanding of public service and law and making a lasting impact on the evolving economic landscape, careers, communities and beyond.



Making an Impact

With expert faculty, incredible research opportunities and strong regional partnerships, USD's research centers foster academic excellence and spur economic growth.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the offices, facilities and centers that contribute to research in the areas of public service and law.
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Farber Center

At the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, we prepare students for a lifetime of leadership as citizens of the community, state, nation and world.

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Government Research Bureau

The Government Research Bureau, established in 1939, has a distinguished history of conducting applied research on public policy and administrative issues affecting the State of South Dakota, local governments and American Indian Reservations and nonprofits. Technical expertise and modern and innovative analysis tools are used to assist state and local government officials in the areas of economic development and policy formation.

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Federal Tax Clinic

Our federal tax clinic provides free legal representation to low-income people in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) while allowing law students to practice tax law.

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Center for Disabilities

Advocating for increased self-determination, independence and a satisfying quality of life.

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Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment focuses on delivering education, outreach and research geared toward eliminating child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Dakota.

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South Dakota Area Health Education Center

We connect students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health.

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Head Start

Learn and grow in Head Start! We offer free early learning programs for expectant families and children up to age 5.

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Research Opportunities

Find out more about the variety of research opportunities and resources available to students, faculty and staff.

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