U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Student Program Presentation: 8/31

Wednesday, August 31st –  1:00-2:00 p.m. – Room 103

The U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) will host a presentation to interested students. The JAG Corps is currently accepting applications for its Student Program.

For more information about the application process, see http://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/opportunities_sp.html.

For more information about the event, contact Christina Schroeder (Christina.schroeder@usd.edu)


“Dressing for the Interview”

Wednesday, August 31st –  12:00-1:00 p.m. – Room 103

The School of Law Office of Career Services will be hosting a workshop for professional attire and grooming. The event will specifically address what students should be wearing to OCI because “when you look good, your performance will be too. And, when your performance is good, you get the job offer.” All law students are invited to attend. 
For more information contact: Christina Schroeder (Christina.Schroeder@usd.edu)

OCI “Dressing for the Interview” Poster

USD Joins Pipeline to Law Initiative for Native Americans

VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of South Dakota School of Law has joined the Pipeline to Law Initiative aimed at helping prospective Native American law students to become lawyers, and it will host one of three free national workshops toward the effort.

The deadline for the Sept. 16-17 workshop at USD is Thursday, Sept. 1. Michigan State University College of Law hosted a workshop in August and Arizona State will host one in October. Each school provides professional support to the program, which is funded through grants and gifts to the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State.

Besides the workshops, the initiative’s activities include financial support for Law School Admission Test prep courses, a mentorship program and early outreach to elementary, middle, and high schools with high native populations. The funding provided allows the initiative to provide the workshops free of charge. Interested prospective Native American law students can learn more about it and apply at law.asu.edu/pipelinetolaw.

The 2015 National Native American Bar Association study of American Indians in the legal field, “The Pursuit of Inclusion: An In-Depth Exploration of the Experiences and Perspective of Native American Attorneys in the Legal Profession,” found that the native law student population is lower than its rate in the overall U.S. population. The study concluded that pipeline projects reaching students in earlier stages of education are essential to continuing the gains in Native American law student numbers and success. In response to the issues identified in the 2015 survey, the Indian Legal Program and the Indigenous Law Program are joining together to strengthen the Native American pipeline to law.

“As the racial and ethnic diversity of the United States continues to grow, it is increasingly important that comparable cultural diversity grows in the legal profession,” said Christopher P. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of Access Group, a nonprofit comprised of nearly 200 law schools and one of several groups funding the initiative.


USD’s School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 206 undergraduate and 66 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Carson Walker
USD News

Class of 2019 Begins Orientation at USD Law


USD Law welcomed the Class of 2019 to first year orientation today. The 55 member class was greeted by Dean Tom Geu for introductory remarks and then heard from Chief Justice David Gilbertson of the South Dakota Supreme Court who spoke to them about the legal profession, professional responsibility, the workings of the Court, and more. The Chief Justice also administered an Oath of Professionalism for all the incoming students.

This is day 1 in a 4 day orientation week in which incoming students are given informational on everything on how to read a case and write their first brief to where the Dean’s Suite is located. Classes at the School of Law begin Friday, Aug 12.