The University of South Dakota School of Law was established in 1901. It has been accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1923, the first year law schools were accredited, and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1907. We combine a practical curriculum with a uniquely personal, and engaging learning environment. With a 91% job placement rate* and a very affordable tuition, students are maximizing 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 2017

Employment Summary for 2017 Graduates

Class of 2016

Employment Summary for 2016 Graduates

Bar Passage Rates

1st-Time Bar Passage Rate for February and July of 2018

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State %
South Dakota 40 32 80% 79.17%
 All Jurisdictions* 68 51 75%** N/A

*USD Law graduates who took the bar in February and July of 2018 sat in the following jurisdictions: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

**This number is subject to revision based on the receipt of additional information.

ABA Bar Passage 2018 Information (for calendar years 2015-2017)