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USD Knudson School of Law's New Partnership Prepares Students to Work in Agricultural Law

Knudson School of Law Seal The USD Knudson School of Law partnered with the University of Arkansas and its National Agricultural Law Center to provide students with more opportunities to gain expertise in agricultural and food law.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law recently partnered with the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture and its National Agricultural Law Center to provide students with more opportunities to gain experience in agricultural and food law.

The center is the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and has served the nation’s diverse agricultural community of federal and state policy makers, producers, extension personnel, attorneys and more. The center will hire up to four USD law students per semester to serve as research fellows. It will also help place students in externships within the nation’s agricultural law community in South Dakota and beyond.

“Given how important agriculture is to South Dakota, most of our graduates will work on agricultural law issues at some point,” said USD Knudson School of Law Dean Neil Fulton. “This partnership to provide USD law students opportunities to work on agricultural law and policy on a national basis is very exciting as a result.”

The Knudson School of Law will also offer agricultural law classes beginning this fall.

“These are great first steps to provide more opportunities to our students interested in agriculture and the law and one of South Dakota’s key economic sectors,” Fulton said.


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