The Agricultural Law Society works to bring together students with an agricultural background as well as educate students on the widespread impact of agricultural law. As one of South Dakota’s largest industries, agriculture has a meaningful impact on every present and future member of the State’s Bar. The society creates a network of agricultural professionals, encourages discussion about agricultural issues and educates students about the various opportunities available within the agricultural law sector.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) promotes the awareness of minorities on campus and in the surrounding communities. Every February, BLSA hosts BLSA Week in conjunction with Black History Month. The organization helps recruit potential students to the School of Law and is committed to building a foundation for the future.
The China Honorary Ambassadors Law Students Association (CHALSA) is a student organization that promotes and supports an awareness and understanding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), its peoples, culture and laws to law students at the University of South Dakota School of Law, especially by means of USD’s School of Law summer law program in China. CHALSA does not organize or oversee the China summer program but does work to increase its profile and portray it in a positive light to prospective attendees and others. Membership is open to all USD law school students.
The Criminal Justice Education Project provides education about the justice system for future public defenders, prosecutors and practicing attorneys. This group provides access to educational materials and engages speakers who relate the world of crime to a variety of fields. Its goal is to provide research support to attorneys and judges in South Dakota.
Delta Theta Phi is the legal fraternity at USD. It is a primarily social and service organization that includes dinner meetings, guest speaker programs and social functions.
The Family Law and Children's Advocacy Group (FLCA) raises awareness of the family law field and provides opportunities for students to network with practicing family law attorneys. FCLA promotes the health and well-being of children and advances children’s interests by connecting academia and the world of policy and practice. Students also have the opportunity to contribute to law reform and social change.
The society's founding principles are that the state exists to preserve individual freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is the duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Federalist Society promotes awareness of these principles and furthers their application through its activities. Students have the opportunity to participate in and hear debates, discussions, and speeches from nationally known speakers and attend informational and social gatherings.
The Internet and Cyber Law Society promotes awareness and discussion to students from all backgrounds about the flow of information through electronic media and the laws governing those areas. Past events have included speakers on marketing technology for firm and solo practice, as well as computer-networking technology and the inherent risks of cyber-hacking.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is a student-led, student-driven nationwide network committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement. LSRJ educates, organizes and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will emerge prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.
The Native American Law Student Association focuses attention on Indian law issues of interest to the law school community and provides a local and national network of mutual support. It also serves as a minority and cultural resource within the USD community.
The OUTlaws' mission is to promote, further and support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their friends and family. It encourages diversity and provides education regarding LGBT-related and diversity-related issues on campus and within the community at large.
The Public Interest Law Group (PILG) provides students with information and resources about internships, fellowships, career development and other related opportunities. It holds public interest-related events at the law school, provides support to students who do not want to pursue a traditional private-sector legal career; and to educate the student body as a whole about public interest law.
The Sports and Entertainment Law Group provides opportunities for those interested in a career in the entertainment or sports industries. Opportunities include attending the NFL Combine and Sports Management World Wide Conference and the ABA Entertainment and Sport Law conferences.
The St. Thomas More Society fosters integration of the Catholic faith into the daily practice of law, striving to emulate St. Thomas More, the patron saint of attorneys. The organization works alongside other interfaith organizations, offers lectures and discussion opportunities on matters of faith and morals, especially as they pertain to law vocations, and participates in community service projects.
Women in Law is an organization composed of both male and female law students, faculty members and members of the South Dakota State Bar. The group works to increase awareness of current issues affecting women in law. Students have the opportunity to hear from speakers at the annual State Bar meeting. Past speakers have included Sarah Weddington, an attorney who argued before the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Pat Clark, director of the Klan Watch.