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The Princeton Review cites law school, b-school among nation’s best

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Princeton Review ranks both the University of South Dakota School of Law and the Beacom School of Business among the nation’s best in its annual guidebook released this week. The USD School of Law is listed among “The Best 168 Law Schools” and while the Beacom School of Business is featured in the publication’s “The Best 296 Business Schools” edition.

The Princeton Review—known for its widely-followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on how students rate their schools—released the 2013 editions of its guides to law and business schools. The rankings include lists uniquely based on student surveys. The USD School of Law earned praise for having a “diverse, non-judgmental, reputable and highly knowledgeable faculty,” tuition that’s “fairly inexpensive,” and its “excellent relationship with the state bar association, the Circuit Court, and the State Supreme Court” while the Beacom School of Business received plaudits for its “great facilities,” “solid administration” and “extremely affordable” tuition.

“Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: no single law or business school is ‘best’ overall,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president, publisher, The Princeton Review. “We present rankings in several categories and detailed profiles of the schools to give applicants broader information to decide which law or business school will be best for them.”

The Princeton Review does not rank hierarchically. The publication tallied its lists based on surveys of 18,000 students attending the 168 law schools and 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to rate multiple attributes of their schools, including their professors and fellow classmates. Some rankings factored in school-reported data. All institutional data reported in the books was collected in 2011-12.

“The Best 168 Law Schools” can be found at while “The Best 296 Business School” rankings are at


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News