USD School of Law Ranked Third in Least Indebted Students

Photo of woman at desk in law school court room. Moot court scene. The University of South Dakota School of Law ranked third in the nation in least indebted graduates according to a report issued by U.S. News & World Report.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law ranked third in the nation in least indebted graduates according to a report issued by U.S. News & World Report.

“USD School of Law continues to offer a quality education at an affordable cost. Student debt can be daunting, and we are constantly striving to find ways to make this easier on our students,” said Liz Taggart, director of admissions at the law school. “Not only do we have an exceptionally competitive tuition, but we also able offer a variety of scholarships throughout their time here thanks to some of our generous alumni and supporters.”

USD School of Law graduates incur about half the debt compared to the national average. Above the Law, a legal industry blog, reported the average Class of 2016 law school graduate carried $112,389 of debt. The 2016 USD School of Law average was $56,609.

South Dakota’s School of Law, founded in 1901, educates most of the state’s lawyers and judges, filling spots in private law firms and in public legal practice. The USD School of Law is nationally ranked as a best value law school for quality of programs and affordable cost.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF LAW

USD’s 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.

ABOUT USD

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 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, 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 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

PRESS CONTACT

Michael Ewald
605-658-6271
usdnews@usd.edu
@usd
USD News