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

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 

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


Username LSAT GPA Status Scholarship Sent Received Decision Updated
isaiahy 156 A 3.41


04/30/21 - 05/06/21 one year ago
19tynguye 150 P 3.60

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
JosephWeigel 153 P 3.94

Interested In Applying

- - - 4 years ago
kemmel 150 P 3.52


- - - one year ago
paralegallyblonde42 143 A 2.90


02/03/20 03/05/20 03/05/20 2 years ago
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