University of South Dakota School of Law

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University of South Dakota
School of Law
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Motto Veritas
(Latin for Truth)
Established 1901
Type Public law school
Dean Thomas Geu
Academic staff 19 professors
Students 207[1]
Location Vermillion, SD, US
Website www.usd.edu/law
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The University of South Dakota School of Law (also known as South Dakota Law or USD Law) in Vermillion, South Dakota, USA, is a professional school of the University of South Dakota and the only law school in the state of South Dakota. The school offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.), and joint degrees with J.D./M.P.A., J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.S.A, J.D./M.A., J.D./M.P.A. It is located on the USD campus in Vermillion in the southeastern part of the state, near the Iowa and Nebraska borders. USD Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.According to South Dakota's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 60.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[2]

History[edit]

Panorama of the School of Law at night

In 2013, Thomas Earl Geu was hired from his previous position of Interim Dean into full dean as of 2013. [3]

Demographics and rankings[edit]

Admission is competitive; for the class entering in the fall of 2010, 220 out of 449 J.D. applicants were offered admission (48.9%), with 75 matriculating. They came from 46 colleges and 14 states. 58% percent were South Dakota residents, 42% were female, and 9% minorities. The 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile LSAT scores and GPAs for the class were 150/153/156 and 3.18/3.44/3.73 respectively.[4]

The U.S. News & World Report law school rankings placed South Dakota Law at 145 in the U.S. in 2013.[5] In 2013, The National Jurist listed South Dakota Law in the top 5 schools for "Best Value".[6] In 2013, The National Law Journal listed South Dakota Law #5 for employment in the government and Public Interest sector.[7]

Employment[edit]

According to South Dakota's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 60.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[8] South Dakota's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 15.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[9]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at South Dakota for the 2013-2014 academic year is $28,139 for residents and $42,665 for nonresidents.[10] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $108,600 for residents or $172,544 for nonresidents.[11]

Noted People[edit]

Politics and Government[edit]

  • Tim Johnson (1975), U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1997–present.
  • Bill Janklow (1966), Former U.S. Representative from South Dakota, 27th and 30th Governor of South Dakota.
  • James Abourezk (1966), Former U.S. Senator from South Dakota.
  • Frank E. Denholm (1959), Former U.S. Representative from South Dakota.
  • Joseph H. Bottum (1927), Former U.S. Senator from South Dakota.
  • Ellis Yarnal Berry (1927), Former U.S. Representative from South Dakota.
  • Royal C. Johnson (1906), Former U.S. Representative from South Dakota.
  • William Williamson (1905), Former U.S. Representative from South Dakota.
  • Marty Jackley (1995), Attorney General of South Dakota, 2009-present, Former U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota
  • David Lust (1997), Majority Leader of South Dakota House of Representatives, 2009-present.
  • Matt Michels (1985), Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 2011-present.
  • George S. Mickelson (1965), 28th Governor of South Dakota.
  • George T. Mickelson (1927), 18th Governor of South Dakota, Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.
  • Sigurd Anderson (1937), 19th Governor of South Dakota.
  • Scott Heidepriem (1980), American Politician.
  • Brian Gosch (1996), Speaker of the House of South Dakota House of Representatives, 2012-present.
  • Larry Long (1972), Former Attorney General of South Dakota.
  • James W. Abbott (1974), Former American Politician, President of the University of South Dakota 1997-present.
  • Frank Farrar, 24th Governor of South Dakota, Former Attorney General of South Dakota.
  • Steve T. Kirby (1975), Former Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota and founder of Bluestem Capital.
  • Leslie Jensen (1921), 15th Governor of South Dakota
  • Lem Overpeck (1936), Former American Politician, Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.
  • Merrell Q. Sharpe (1914), 17th Governor of South Dakota, Former Attorney General of South Dakota.

US District Court of South Dakota[edit]

  • Jeffrey Viken (1977), Chief Justice of United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. 2013-present.
  • Lawrence L. Piersol, (1965), Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.
  • John Bailey Jones (1953) Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.
  • Richard Howard Battey (1953) Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.
  • Donald J. Porter (1943) Former Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.

Eighth District Court of Appeals[edit]

  • Roger Leland Wollman (1962), Federal Judge on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1985–present.

Supreme Court Justices of South Dakota[edit]

Faculty[edit]

Other Noted People[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "J.D. Enrollment By School". American Bar Association. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Employment Statistics". 
  3. ^ June, Daniel,"USD Hires Their Interim Dean into Permanent Role"
  4. ^ "A Brief Sketch". University of South Dakota School of Law. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Best Law Schools Ranked in 2013, US News & World Report, retrieved May 5, 2014 
  6. ^ Best Value Law Schools, The National Jurist, retrieved May 5, 2014 
  7. ^ Best Law Schools for Government and Public Interest Career Placement, The National Law Journal, retrieved May 11, 2014 
  8. ^ "Employment Statistics". 
  9. ^ "South Dakota University Profile". 
  10. ^ "Tuition and Expenses". 
  11. ^ "South Dakota University Profile". 

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