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Law Student Accepted into Judge Advocate General's Corps

Austin Printz, third-year USD law student Austin Printz, a third-year USD School of Law student, was accepted into the JAG Corps by the United States Army and Air Force.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law third-year student, Austin Printz, has been accepted into the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps by both the United States Army and Air Force.

Printz will begin his career with the JAG Corps after he passes the Bar Exam, which he plans to take in July, and after he commissions as an officer. The JAG Corps program is extremely competitive, especially in the Air Force, with an acceptance rate of four percent.

“I am absolutely elated to be accepted to the JAG Corps,” said Printz. “It is such a competitive program to get into. I was accepted to both the Air Force and Army JAG Corps, so I have a tough decision to make as both are excellent branches. I am most looking forward to the hands-on experience I will get as a JAG Officer.”

Printz graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from USD. Between his undergraduate and graduate school commitments, Printz worked for the University Police Department. He now works part-time for the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Though Printz anticipates his next career move, the job is contingent on Printz passing the Bar Exam and completing basic officer training. Printz begins studying for the exam this semester when he takes the Bar prep class, then will continue in the summer. His projected officer training date is set for January 2020. Even though the timeline is lengthy, Printz is excited for what the JAG Corps will offer.

“New JAGs are placed in the courtroom almost immediately after training handling cases,” Printz said. “I am looking forward to the different areas of law I will be exposed to that I would not get in the civilian world, such as international law, operations law (Law of War) and Air and Space Law.”


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