“This jump in ranking is a testament to the dedication of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and state bar,” said Laura Rose, J.D., assistant professor and head coach for the USD Law Trial Team and Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow. “Through their time, work ethic and generosity we ensure that the Sixth and Seventh Amendment rights guaranteed to our citizenry have ethical, staunch and zealous defenders. I could not be prouder of what we are building together, or more grateful for the opportunity to see where we go next.”

The USD Knudson School of Law has continued to rise on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Schools” list, ranking No. 122 this year. This is up 10 spots from 2022 and 19 from 2021.

The report also showed that USD’s law school has the lowest average indebtedness for law schools in the region.

“Our continued rise in the rankings is a testament to the caliber of our faculty and students,” said USD Knudson School of Law Dean Neil Fulton. “It also demonstrates that USD presents an amazing value for students. They get a great education without paying a great amount to do so. They pass the bar and get jobs where they shape their communities. They take our values of excellence, service, and leadership out into the world.”

U.S. News & World Report evaluate institutions on their successful placement of graduates, their faculty resources, the academic achievements of entering students, and opinions by law schools, lawyers, and judges on overall program quality. The rankings measure 193 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Each year these rankings are released in the Best Law Schools report.

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