The University of South Dakota Law School is committed to accommodating nontraditional students who might not otherwise graduate from law school. To that end, in addition to its full-time JD, USD Law has a flex-time program that allows students to spread out their studies over the course of five years. The school also has two specialized admissions processes: an accelerated admission system for undergraduate students to apply directly to law school without the final completion of their undergraduate degree; and a law screening program that admits students based on their performance in a six-week summer class.
USD Law graduates tend to steer away from the traditional private practice jobs, with 21 percent of the class of 2007 taking judicial clerkships and an additional 15 percent accepting jobs in the public law sector. While still in school, students tell Vault the biggest feature of the city of Vermillion is the university, so the nightlife is fairly quiet. Social activities center on the campus through a number of student groups and a thriving Greek system.