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USD School of Law Named Best Value Law School By National Jurist

Photo of USD law student in courtroom. USD School of Law was ranked a best value law school for the seventh consecutive year.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law was ranked a best value law school by National Jurist magazine for the seventh consecutive year.

“USD Law is deeply honored to receive this recognition once again,” said Liz Taggart, director of admissions at the law school. “USD Law has continued to produce excellent attorneys at a cost that cannot be beat.”

Ranked sixth overall, USD School of Law graduates averaged the least amount of debt of all ranked schools.

The best value law schools ranking is based on employment rate, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation. Bar exam pass rate is also taken into consideration.

The USD School of Law educates most of the state’s lawyers and judges, filling spots in private law firms and in public legal practice. Along with being a best value school, it was recently ranked in the top 10 in clerkship placements.


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