University of South Dakota School of Law

Admissions: University of South Dakota

Fall 2009 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics
Total number of full- and part-time applicants 382
Total number of full- and part-time acceptances 217
Overall acceptance rate 56.8%
Total number of full- and part-time first-year students enrolled 78
Number of full-time program applicants 382
Number of full-time program acceptances 217
Full-time acceptance rate 56.8%
Number of first-year full-time students enrolled 78
Number of part-time program applicants 0
Number of part-time program acceptances 0
Part-time acceptance rate N/A
Number of first-year part-time students enrolled 1
Fall 2009 GPA and LSAT Scores
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.13-3.65
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 149-155
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for full-time students 3.13-3.65
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for full-time students 149-155
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for part-time students N/A
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for part-time students N/A

Careers: University of South Dakota

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2008 administrations)
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar SD
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 94.9%
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 95.2%
Class of 2008 Graduates
Total graduates 86
Graduates employed at graduation 54.1%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.3%
Starting Salaries of 2008 Graduates Employed Full-time
25th percentile private sector starting salary $42,500
Median private sector starting salary $49,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $55,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 46%
Median public service starting salary $42,422
Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2008)
Percent employed in academia 4.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 14.0%
Percent employed in government 22.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 18.0%
Percent employed in law firms 32.0%
Percent employed in public interest 8.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 2.0%
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge 7.0%
2008 Graduates Employment Location
Graduates employed in-state 64%
Graduates employed in foreign countries N/A
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) N/A
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) N/A
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 84.4%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.6%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) N/A
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) N/A
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 10.0%
Employment location unknown 1.0%
Career Services
(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations CSO provides judicial clerkship and employer OCI; career seminars, meet-the-employer event & resume review by practicing attorneys; employer & public interest panels; alumni contacts; job posting reciprocity with other schools; online and print resources; online Senior Spotlight with graduates’ pictures and resumes; Univ. career services for non-legal positions.
Job Type
Bar admission required or anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 77.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 13.0%
Professional/other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 8.0%
Nonprofessional/other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) N/A