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USD School of Law Ranks Nationally in Improved Employment Outcomes

Photo of woman at desk in law school court room. Moot court scene. Employment outcomes for USD School of Law graduates have improved by 21.4 percent since 2012.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law ranked sixth in the nation in improved employment outcomes by a study conducted by the National Jurist.

“We recently implemented an aggressive career services agenda that emphasizes the need for students to perform internships, externships and gain practical experience in order to become more practice-ready at graduation,” said Devra Sigle Hermosilla, director of career services at the law school. “Our students are, more than ever, embracing their professional development as an essential component to their legal education.”

The study analyzed adjusted employment data from the Class of 2011 through the Class of 2016 giving the most weight to bar passage required jobs but still considering JD advantage and professional positions. USD law school graduates experienced a 21.4 percent improvement in employment outcomes.

“It is exciting to be recognized for the improvement in employment outcomes. It’s a testament to the strong support we receive from employers, alumni and students,” said Hermosilla.

The University of South Dakota School of Law was also recently ranked as a top law school for clerkship placements, and remains a best value law school, educating most of the state’s lawyers and judges, filling spots in private law firms and in public legal practice.


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