University of South Dakota School of Law

University of South Dakota School of Law

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]

2016 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 ProgramYes
Estimated Living Expenses$13,121
Founded In1923
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline07/01/17
Full-time program application fee$ 35
Financial Aid Deadline07/01/17
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
Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants33735612
Number of Offers2011983
Number of Matriculants52511
75% GPA3.663.660
Median GPA3.373.370
25% GPA3.043.040
75% LSAT1441440
Median LSAT1481480
25% LSAT1521520
2016 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students215
Total Students Receiving Grants75
% of Students Receiving Grants34.9
75% Grant Amount$1,913
Median Grant Amount$2,697
25% Grants Amount$3,032
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 (32.6)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (0.9)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (0.5)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (0.9)

2016 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (168)
  • Hispanics (5)
  • Black or African American (4)
  • Asian (2)
  • American Indian / Native (9)
  • Other (11)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (0)
  • Two or more races Total (5)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (2)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (4)


  • Total Women% (41.2)
  • Total Men% (58.8)
University of South Dakota School of Law Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2015 48 63.16% 72.86% -9.70%
2014 80 75.44% 75.26% 0.18%
2013 66 97.83% 91.19% 6.64%

Total Graduates 2016

  • 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