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Law School Task Force Holds First Meeting, Schedules Next for Sept. 6

Photo of law school task force. The Law School Task Force will meet again September 6.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Law School Relocation Task Force hosted its first meeting on the University of South Dakota campus Monday, Aug. 7.

Task Force members listened to presentations from USD and School of Law staff and faculty, research attorneys with the Legislative Research Council, representatives from the State Bar of South Dakota and public testimony.

After discussion, the task force scheduled the next meeting for Sept. 6 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The task force was formed to consider whether relocating the state’s only law school would be in the best interest of the students, the university, and the state of South Dakota. Rep. Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, will chair the Law School Task Force.

For updates, meeting times and information on the task force visit the USD Law School Task Force page at


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News