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USD Law School Student Selected for Rural Summer Legal Corps

VERMILLION, S.D. – Emma Otterpohl, a third-year student at the University of South Dakota School of Law, was selected to work with the Iowa Equal Justice Works’ 2017 Rural Summer Legal Corps program.

Otterpohl was one of 30 law students selected nationwide. Over the summer, she will serve clients through Iowa Legal Aid, earning a $5,000 stipend to provide legal assistance to low-income and elderly Iowans.

After a kickoff event in Washington D.C., Otterpohl received intensive training in rural practice with Equal Justice Works and the Legal Services Corporation in Martinsburg, West Virginia before returning to Iowa.

The Rural Summer Legal Corps program connects public interest law students with civil legal aid organizations to address pressing legal issues facing rural communities.


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