The University of South Dakota School of Law is again listed among the Top 20 Best Value Law Schools by Prelaw Magazine this year coming in at 13th among over 200 accredited law schools in the U.S. Previously, USD School of Law has ranked as high as 10th Best Value (2015).
The purpose of PreLaw Magazine’s Best Value Schools is to identify law schools where graduates have excellent changes of passing the bar and getting a legal job without taking on a ton of debt.The formula for calculating the Best Value Schools takes the percentage of graduates who pass the bar exam (15%), employment rate (35%), tuition (25%), cost of living (10%), and average indebtedness upon graduation (15%).
Based on the methodology, USD School of Law ranks high due to inexpensive tuition and high employment rate; annual SD resident tuition was the second lowest of the Top 20, and held employment rates consistent with the top ranked schools.
Law School Dean Tom Geu credits strong demand for USD Law’s graduates as the biggest contributing factor to this year’s ranking. “All of legal education is in a state of flux and we are no exception”, said Geu, “but the more we change to meet current challenges; the more we hope to remain the same by continuing to provide exceptional lawyers, leaders, and business entrepreneurs to South Dakota and the region.”