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National publication touts USD School of Law as among nation's best

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Princeton Review, the education services company, ranks the University of South Dakota School of Law among the nation’s best in its annual guidebook released this week.

The USD School of Law is listed among “The Best 169 Law Schools” and receives praise for having an excellent relationship with the state bar association, the Circuit Court and the State Supreme Court; a “most excellent” faculty; a strong alumni base and the School of Law’s affordability.

“This is great recognition for the School of Law as we strive to provide students with a quality legal education with great value,” said Tom Geu, dean of the USD School of Law. “This honor is a tribute to our faculty and their commitment to preparing our students for a successful career in law.”

The Princeton Review does not rank each law school hierarchically. The publication tallied its lists based on surveys of 18,500 students attending the 169 law schools. The 80-question survey asked students to rate multiple attributes of their experiences at law school, including quality of their professors and the academic proficiency of fellow classmates. Some rankings factored in school-reported data.

“The Best 169 Law Schools: 2014 Edition” can be found at


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