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Professional and Career Development Services

Welcome
 
Students

Law students can access the C.O.Y.O.T.E.S. system at the student link at http://law-usd-csm.symplicity/students/

Employers

All of our employer services are managed through our online recruiting system powered by Symplicity. Through C.O.Y.O.T.E.S.  at the employer link you can post jobs, schedule on-campus interviews, collect resumes, and create an employer profile viewable by students and alumni. Click on the C.O.Y.O.T.E.S. lick or contact the Professional and Career Development line for assistance at 605-677-3909. The C.O.Y.O.T.E.S. employer's link is at http://law-usd-csm.symplicity.com/employers/  In its recruitment and employment practices the U.S. military considers factors in violation of the University of South Dakota School of Law non-discrimination policies. Moreover, Association of American Law Schools (AALS) believes that allowing the military to recruit on campus is inconsistent with the AALS principle requiring member schools to pursue a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices. Nonetheless, AALS has authorized member schools to permit military recruiters on campus, provided that this notice of conflict between AALS policy and military recruitment practices is provided to students considering interviewing with military recruiters. As a member school, the University of South Dakota supports and adheres to AALS policy.

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On Campus Interview Events, Fall 2013

Register in C.O.Y.O.T.E.S. using your employer account at http://law-usd-csm.symplicity.com/employers/  Intern interviews can be scheduled any time during the school year. The October event is intended to be helpful in future planning and current needs. However, offers must NOT be made before October 21, 2013. After extending an offer, the student must have a reasonable time to consider the internship offer.

A convenient Fall 2013 On Campus Interview event for Associate positions is scheduled for November 13, 14, & 15. Return a registration form by downloading the form or register in C.O.Y.O.T.E.S. using your employer account at http://law-usd-csm.symplicity.com/employers/ Associate interviews can be scheduled any time during the school year and are not limited to these three days in November. The November event is intended to be helpful in future planning or current needs.

User Guide

The C.O.Y.O.T.E.S. User Guide has simple, user-friendly steps for accessing and posting in the system. If you would like assistance with posting, please contact our Professional and Career Development line at 605-677-3909.

Full-time, Part-time, Entry-level, Experienced Positions

Employers of all types are encouraged to post job opportunities. The postings should be for positions that prefer or require a J.D. or joint-degree (JD/MBA, JD/MPA).

Internships

Internship opportunities may arise in various instances, including on-campus interviews, resume collections, and job postings. Internships can be compensated or uncompensated. Compensation can be either hourly or stipend. The length of internships varies from 6-14 weeks. Generally, the South Dakota Rules provide that law students who have successfully completed four semesters of law school can participate in legal work of varying kinds under the applicable rules and with the supervision of a lawyer, including making court appearances in both the state courts and the federal district court. (See also: SDCL 16-16-1; SDCL 19-13-2 thru 19-13-5 (Rules); and LR 83.2(I) of the Rules of Practice for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. Whether in a U.S. District (Federal) Court or in a state court, students working in other states (outside SD) must consult and follow that state's rules.

Research or Single Projects

These short-term projects can be paid or unpaid. Students are interested in working on projects as their schedule will permit and that are in his or her area of interest.

Externships

Externships are field placement for academic credit. Students register for the summer externship class in the spring. Inquiries about externships should contact the deans' suite at 677-5443.  

Alumni

Alumni can access C.O.Y.O.T.E.S. with a user account that can be requested at the student link at http://www.law-usd-edu.symplicity.com/students/

On-Campus Interviews

Employers seeking hires for associate or internship positions are always welcome to schedule on-campus recruiting. Log in to C.O.Y.O.T.E.S.  at the employer link at http://law-usd-csm.symplicity.com/employers/ to create a user account and schedule on-campus interviews. 

Equal Opportunity Policy Notice: The School of Law provides equal opportunity for the study of law and entry into the legal profession in accordance with policies of the South Dakota Board of Regents, the governing body for higher education in South Dakota; the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, the accrediting agency for United States law schools; and the Association of American Law Schools, a nonprofit corporation that promotes improvement of the legal profession through legal education and of which the School of Law is a member. Potential employers are asked to acknowledge, in writing, receipt of the policy and that they will adhere to it.

Class of 2013

Class of 2013 ABA Placement Questionnaire

 

Class of 2012

Class of 2012 ABA Placement Questionnaire

Salary
Number of graduates: 76
Salaries reported: 29 (38% of the graduates)
Private Practice salaries reported: 3
Government salaries reported: 9
Judicial Clerkship salaries reported: 14
Business salaries reported: 0
Public Interest Salaries reported: 3

25th percentile: $42,510
Median: $46,000
75th percentile: $51,710
Average salary: $46,367

Region
In-state jobs –54 (79.4%)
Out-of state-14 (20.6%)
Mid-Atlantic- 1
East North Central-3
West North Central-59
Mountain-5

Source of job, timing of job offer, and search status
**These are not collected for all employed graduates.

Class of 2011

Class of 2011 ABA Placement Questionnaire

Salary
Number of graduates: 55
Salaries reported: 14 (25% of the graduates)
Public, JD Advantage salaries reported: 13
Other salary reported: 1 
25th percentile: $41,271
Median: $41,271
75th percentile: $47,016
Average salary: $45,973

Region
In-state jobs –30 (73%)
Out-of state-11 (27%)
East North Central-1
West North Central-35
South Atlantic-2
West South Central-1
Mountain-2

Source of job, timing of job offer, and search status*
*These are not collected for all employed graduates.

Class of 2010

Class Size: 65
Men: 44.6%
Women: 55.4%
Minority: 1.5%

Employed as of Feb 15, 2011.
78.5%

Pursuing a degree as of Feb 15, 2011.
7.7%

Unemployed seeking as of Feb 15, 2011.
13.8%

Employment Categories.
Private Practice: 41.2%
Judicial Clerk: 29.4%
Government: 7.8%
Public Interest: 7.8%
Business: 7.8%
Academic: 5.9%

FT/PT Jobs.
Bar Passage Required-FT: 86.3%
JD Preferred-FT: 3.9%
Other Professional-FT: 7.8%
Other Professional-PT: 2.0%

Business Jobs.
Bar Passage Required: 25%
Other Professional: 75%

Private Practice Size of Firm.
2-10 Attorneys: 76.2%
11-25 Attorneys: 19%
26-50 Attorneys: 4.8%

Location of Jobs.
In-State: 78.4%
Out-of-State: 21.6%

Source of job, timing of job offer, and search status*
*These are not collected for all employed graduates.