Known for Excellence

The Knudson School of Law is South Dakota's premier law school, preparing today's students to be tomorrow's leaders in the legal profession. We are committed to setting you on the path toward a successful, lifelong career in law. With excellent job placement rates, a low student-to-faculty ratio, robust experiential learning opportunities and affordable tuition, USD boasts one of the best value law schools in the country. Plus, we offer a variety of course tracks and joint programs, ensuring your education is tailored to your professional goals.

Here you'll receive a world-class education from a leading, flagship university that serves its students and its state with excellence.

Your Program Options

Earn your Juris Doctor at a school known for affordability and service to the state of South Dakota.

student Success story

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As an aspiring attorney who plans to practice in South Dakota, USD Knudson School of Law was an easy decision. Extensive alumni base and they all exude a sense of pride in coming out of USD. From professors to faculty, everyone wants you to succeed and go above and beyond in putting you in a position to do so.

Brendan Goetzinger

Law Student, '24

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Practical Training for Your Career

At USD, you won't just learn about the legal profession; you will experience it.

All students at the Knudson School of Law participate in the experiential learning program, which provides intensive, professional development training as students prepare to embark on their careers. From performing legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney to providing pro bono legal services to low-income clients in South Dakota, you'll have opportunities to gain invaluable real-world experience and serve clients as you complete your education.
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Programs Designed for You

When you enroll at the Knudson School of Law, your program will fit your life. Whether you choose the three-year full-time program or the five-year flex-time program, you'll graduate well-prepared to enter the legal field. Plus, with 11 course tracks and nine joint-degree options, USD offers you a breadth of paths so you can specialize in an area that interests you and pursue your unique career goals.



As South Dakota's law school, the USD Knudson School of Law fills important roles in both preparing the state's leaders and offering resources to our communities. 

Explore the centers and initiatives we provide to the state.

Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff at the Knudson School of Law bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the legal field, offering their guidance and insight as you discover the career path that is right for you.
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Neil Fulton

Dean, School of Law
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Susan Benton

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Gregory Brazeal

Assistant Professor
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Teresa Carlisle

Registration Officer
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Patrick Garry

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Hannah Haksgaard

Associate Professor
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Wendy Hess

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Thomas Horton

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Tracy Hummel

Senior Secretary
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Sean Kammer

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Steven Macias

Associate Dean Law School
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Allen Madison

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Cheryl Maloney

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Shirley Mays

Professor of Law
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Heather McDonald

Senior Secretary
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Mike McKey

Senior Lecturer
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Tyler Moore

Assistant Professor of Law
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Tamara Nash

Dir Exp Learning & Lecturer
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Laura Rose

Assistant Professor
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Courtney Segota

Head of Instructional Services
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Tom Simmons

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Marilyn Trefz

Visiting Lecturer
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Ann Tweedy

Associate Professor
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Katey Ulrich

Director of Admissions
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Eric Young

Law Library Dir/Assist Dean
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Knudson School of Law
School of Law
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion SD 57069