USD Law Represents at Junior Visit Day

The University of South Dakota is excited to welcome all the visiting junior high school students from across the region today. Liz Taggart, Director of Admissions for USD School of Law, is tabling in the Muenster University Center hoping to inform prospective students about the Law School’s 3+3 Fast Track Program. The 3+3 program allows qualified students from the College of Arts & Sciences to begin law school early as a senior and use the first year of law school to complete their bachelor’s degree. The program allows you to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor in six years rather than seven, saving time and money.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA at USD during their undergraduate program, and must earn a 152 on the LSAT. They must also obtain a letter of recommendation from the chair of your department, attesting not only to your intellectual strengths, but to their maturity, work ethic and overall readiness for graduate school.

Interested students should stop by and meet Liz at the Law School table!


School of Law, Tabling in the MUC for Junior Visit Day


USD Law Bid Day Announcements

April 7th, 2017, was bid day at USD School of Law; a day where student organizations send out bids to prospective members to join. Gaining membership onto one of the University of South Dakota School of Law Board organizations is no easy task. Students must compete (e.g., “write-on,” Sam Masten Tournament, Client Counseling Competition, etc.), apply, and interview for the limited but highly sought after positions.

The Boards would like to announce their newest members-

The South Dakota Law Review:

  • Alayna Ackerman; Stacia Berg; Matthew De Jong; Derek Friese; Alexa Moeller; Nicholas Ramos; Erica Ramstad; and Jacquelyn Wilson.

The Moot Court Board:

  •  Lucas Elsbernd; Matt Lucklum; Tracy Miller; Hannah Purtell; Ben Selbo; Erin Willadsen; and Catherine Vietor.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board:
  • Ryan Anderson; Whitney Denning; Candice Gullickson; Paige Petersen; Olivia Siglin; and Johnathan Stien.

Each group would like to congratulate their newest members and give many thanks to those who applied.

USD Law to Host Title IX Panel

Every university receiving federal funds is governed by Title IX, but very few students are able to articulate the policies and procedures regarding violations. In fact, many students believe Title IX to only effect athletics. In reality, the law applies to every single aspect of education, including course offerings, counseling and counseling materials, financial assistance, student health and insurance benefits and/or other services, housing, marital and parental status of students, physical education and athletics, education programs and activities, and employment.

What does a Title IX violation hearing look like? Can I bring an attorney to such a hearing? As an attorney, are your clients afforded all of the Due Process Rights as at similar hearings? Join us for a panel discussion to answer those questions and more surrounding Title IX.

  • WHEN: Monday, April 10th, 2017 5-7 P.M.
  • WHERE: USD School of Law Courtroom


  • Michelle Johnson, Ed.D., SDSU Title IX/EO Coordinator
  • David Herbster, Director of the USD Department of Athletics
  • Deborah Dodge, Director of USD Student Rights & Responsibilities

 Sponsored by Women In Law, Sports Law, BLSA, and OUTLaws

 Refreshments and a Taco Bar will be served after the panel.

*If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at 605-677-6389.

Title IX Panel Poster

USD Law Student Wins SGA Election

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of South Dakota recently welcomed its newest at-large representative, Lynae Tucker (Class of 2018).

As the liaison between students, administration, faculty and the South Dakota Board of Regents, Tucker will work to enhance communication, understanding and cooperation throughout the university.

As the SGA is largely responsible for allocation of money to student organizations, Tucker will help to expand cultural, recreational, educational and social opportunities outside of the classroom.


Congratulations to Lynae Tucker, at-large representative to the USD SGA!