University of South Dakota School of Law

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University of South Dakota School of Law

Class of 2018 - Snapshot 270 Completed Applications 175 Offers 69% Acceptance Rate 70 Enrolled The University of South Dakota School of Law seeks to attract graduates of approved colleges and universities who have made a commitment to study law. Ideal candidates possess superior intelligence, sound judgment, good moral character and a willingness to devote themselves to the service of others and the improvement of the legal profession. The Law School recommends that students contemplating a career in law take courses which require them to develop conscientious study habits, analytical skills and critical thinking. The applicant should be highly literate and have developed a discriminating regard for facts, a capacity to make critical judgments and the ability to engage in inductive and deductive reasoning.

Contact Info


Website: http://www.usd.edu/law
Address: 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069
Admission Phone: (605) 677-5443
Admission Email: [email protected]

2018 Quick Overview

The Below Data Compiled By: The American Bar Association 

Students215
Student-faculty ratio20:1
Tuition $14,501 per year (full-time, in-state)
$32,487 per year (full-time, out-of-state)
$8,765 per year (part-time, in-state)
$18,358 per year (part-time, out-of-state)
Tuition Guarantee Program0
Estimated Living Expenses$13,121
Founded In1923
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline07/01/19
Full-time program application fee$ 35
Financial Aid Deadline07/01/19
Can first years start other than fall?No

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University of South Dakota School of Law

Real Time Applicant Admissions Data

University of South Dakota School of Law

Real Time HIC User Applicant Status Admissions Data

Actual(A)/Practice(P)

Username LSAT GPA Status Scholarship Sent Received Decision Updated
JosephWeigel 153 P 3.94

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Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants270270
Number of Offers187187
Number of Matriculants5656
75% GPA3.773.77
Median GPA3.483.48
25% GPA3.253.25
75% LSAT150150
Median LSAT147147
25% LSAT144144
2018 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students1991
Total Students Receiving Grants100
% of Students Receiving Grants50
75% Grant Amount$2,775
Median Grant Amount$687
25% Grants Amount$333
Scholarships awarded based on maintaining a certain academic performance
Offering Conditional Scholarships:This school does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance

  • % of Total Less Than Half Tuition (48)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (1)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (1)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (1)

2018 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (49)
  • Hispanics (1)
  • Black or African American (0)
  • Asian (0)
  • American Indian / Native (0)
  • Other (2)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (1)
  • Two or more races Total (3)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (0)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (2)


  • Total Women% (37)
  • Total Men% (62)
University of South Dakota School of Law Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2017 50 46.00%
2016 54 51.85%
2015 55 72.73%

Total Graduates 2017

  • Employed Bar Exam Required (269)
  • Employed J.D. Advantage (42)
  • Employed Other (18)
  • Unemployed (46)
  • Pursuing Graduate Degree (12)

The Above Data Compiled By:  The American Bar Association