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Preparing students for the further study of law and for careers in a wide variety of fields

Explore the history and impact of the law and the forces that affect its development.

This interdisciplinary degree will provide you with the tools to be successful in any field that requires strong analytical, writing, advocacy, and communication skills.

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A degree in legal studies would prepare you for careers in the following areas:

  • Court Administration
  • Court Clerks
  • Court Reporter
  • Human resources officers
  • Local, state and federal government agencies
  • Industry compliance
  • Investigators
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Liaison
  • Lobbyist
  • Local, state and federal government agencies
  • Non Profit Administrator
  • Paralegal
  • Probation or parole officers

LSAT Testing

Prelaw students should be encouraged to set up an account at at this sight they can find

  • Information about law schools, including median GPA and LSAT scores, practical experience such as internships and externships, special educational focuses, and scholarships
  • This is also where they must register to take the LSAT
  • They can find updates on virtual law school tours and tips on preparing their applications and choosing and applying to law school here as well.

Those studying for the LSAT should check out for a free LSAT study course.

Program Resources

Mock Trial

Farber Fund

USD Law Admissions

3+3 Program

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Travel

    Faculty led study trips to Italy and Ireland are now available. Political science, criminal justice and international studies majors are eligible to receive Farber Funding.

  • Mock Trial Team

    If you would like to utilize vital analytical thinking skills while improving your public speaking and trial abilities, think about joining the nationally known Mock Trial Team. 

  • Internships

    A wide variety of internship experiences are available to students, who are especially encouraged to intern with the U.S. Congress and the SD State Legislature.

Legal Studies

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Legal Studies Program
Dakota Hall
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion SD 57069


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