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USD Law Ranked Top 10 in Clerkships for Second Straight Year

Photo of Court Room. USD Law has been ranked in the top 10 for state and local clerkship placement for the second year in a row.

VERMILLION, S.D. – For the second year in a row, the University of South Dakota School of Law has been ranked in the top 10 of law schools in the country for graduate placement in state and local clerkships according to a report by the legal industry publication,

The USD School of Law jumped one spot to eighth with 22.39 percent of the class of 2017 obtaining state and local clerkships.

“USD Law has an amazing and comprehensive writing program that helps our students receive these clerkships. We are proud of this ranking and look forward to seeing many more success stories from our students,” said Liz Taggart, the law school’s admission director.

Clerkships are highly sought after positions that offer an array of experiences that help young lawyers grow professionally.

“Clerkships are a prestigious and important link to many future opportunities in the law such as working in high paying law firms, becoming a judge, and even becoming a law professor,” Taggart said.

Watch USD alumnus Elliot Bloom explain how USD Law helped him become a South Dakota Supreme Court law clerk.


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