Practicum Opportunities at USD School of Law

Students at USD Law may also elect to participate in a practicum. Practicum combines the intensity of focused doctrinal study in the classroom with related field work performed under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Tax Planning and Practicum

The tax practice and skills course gives you the opportunity to represent hard-to-reach, low-income rural residents in communities throughout Alaska, joining over 150 program contributors and more than 80 volunteers. You will provide direct legal assistance in individual and business tax law to nearly 130 native communities across 10 regions in Alaska.

The practicum is two credit hours and counts toward completion of the experiential learning requirement for graduation.

Criminal Defense Practicum

This practicum allows students to represent low-income criminal defendants while learning litigation, negotiation, advocacy skills and appeals processes. You will work side-by-side with the Minnehaha County Public Defender and the Public Advocate's offices as a defense litigation attorney. You will conduct interviews and assist in representing clients through several phases of the criminal justice process, including appeals work. In addition, you may have the opportunity to learn about and participate in applications for writs of habeas corpus and parole revocation proceedings.

This practicum is two credits and counts toward completion of the experiential learning requirement for graduation.