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The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law was established in 1901. Approved since 1923, the Law School is accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738. It has also been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1907. The Law School combines a practical curriculum with a uniquely personal and engaging learning environment. With strong job placement rates and affordable tuition, students maximize their return on investment.

Employment Statistics

We strive to provide accurate and reliable employment information to our prospective students, with the goal in mind of advancing your career. Our Career Services Office works with students from day one to provide career advice, guidance, internship/externship opportunities and job placement after graduation.

Class of 2020

Employment Summary for 2020 Graduates 

Class of 2019

Employment Summary for 2019 Graduates

Class of 2018

Employment Summary for 2018 Graduates

Bar Passage Rates

USD Law First-Time Bar Passage Data for February and July 2019

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State pass % for ABA-approved law schools
South Dakota 36 29 80.56% 81.58%
 All Jurisdictions* 47 36 76.60% N/A

*The ABA first-time weighted average pass rate for all ABA law schools in the jurisdictions where USD Law graduates sat in 2019 was 80.89%. Apart from South Dakota, USD Law graduates who were first-time takers in 2019 sat for the bar exam in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Texas, and Utah.

Bar Passage Rates - First Time Bar Passage (2020) and Ultimate Bar Passage Rates (2018).