USD’s School of Law was listed among the nation’s best law schools in the Princeton Review’s annual “Best Law School” list, according to a university press release.
The list is comprised of 165 law schools, listed alphabetically, which are selected based on a “combination of institutional and student survey data, with factors including career outcomes, admissions selectivity, and academic rigor,” according to the Princeton Review website.
The Princeton Review used student surveys collected from 2017-18, 2016-17 and 2015-16 academic years, which asked students about their school’s academics, student body, campus life and personal goals and career plans.
In addition, USD’s law school was ranked 9th in the “Most Chosen by Older Students” category.
Liz Taggart, director of law school admissions, said USD prides itself on being one of the most affordable law schools in the country.
“USD School of Law has an excellent tradition placing students in prestigious clerkships in South Dakota while continuing to be one of the most affordable law schools in the country,” Taggart said. “The law school also enjoys a close relationship with the state’s bar membership, which provides our students with scholarships and many learning and networking opportunities.”
Tom Geu, dean of the law school, said USD’s inclusion in this ranking is a testament to the recent changes in the law school’s goals.
“Being included in the ‘Best Law School’ list, and to one of the top ten categories, acknowledges the historical strength of USD Law and its recent initiates,” Geu said.