According to the National Law Journal, the USD School of Law ranks fifth in the United States for grads in public interest or government jobs, one spot ahead of the Georgetown University Law Center and right behind City University of New York School of Law.

“One of the core missions of the law school is to assure a pool of high-quality graduates to fill necessary and essential public service positions in South Dakota at an affordable price,” said Tom Geu, interim dean of the USD School of Law. “The rankings suggest the law school is successfully fulfilling that mission.”

The National Law Journal rankings are based on the 20 law schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2012 graduating class into either government jobs, such as prosecutors, or public interest jobs, such as public defenders or nonprofit attorneys. According to data released by the National Law Journal, a little more than 26 percent (26.3) of 2012 USD School of Law graduates entered the workforce in government or public interest positions. The College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law ranked first at 34.3 percent followed by George Washington University School of Law at 32.5 percent.

The complete National Law Journal list is available online at

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