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USD School of Law Ranked Among Nation's Best Law Schools

Photo of Law School. The Princeton Review ranked the USD School of Law in its annual "Best Law School" list.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law has been ranked in the Princeton Review’s annual “Best Law School” list.

“USD School of Law has an excellent tradition placing students in prestigious clerkships in South Dakota while continuing to be one of the most affordable law schools in the country,” said Liz Taggart, director of law school admissions. “The law school also enjoys a close relationship with the state’s bar membership, which provides our students with scholarships and many learning and networking opportunities.”

Additionally, USD Law was ranked no. 9 in the “Most chosen by older students” category.

“Being included in the 'Best Law School' list, and to one of the top ten categories, acknowledges the historical strength of USD Law and its recent initiates,” said Tom Geu, dean of the law school.

The Princeton Review's survey asked students at 165 law schools about their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys that were used for this edition were collected during the 2017-18, 2016-17 and 2015-16 academic years. The Princeton Review does not rank schools 1-165, but it does recognize schools that place highly in their surveys in certain categories.


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
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