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Schools Offering Law Programs in South Dakota


Each year, approximately 1.2% of South Dakota graduates receive degrees in law. In other words, every year an estimated 272 law professionals graduate from South Dakota's 13 law schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in South Dakota with a law program is University of South Dakota, which is located in Vermillion. In 2010, it was ranked 36th nationwide. 113 students graduated with a degree in law from University of South Dakota in 2010. Students at University of South Dakota paid $6,762 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in South Dakota with a law program is Dakota Wesleyan University, which is located in Mitchell. In 2010, it was ranked 46th nationwide. In 2010, 6 students graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University law program. Dakota Wesleyan University charged in-state students $19,850 in tuition fees per year.

National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension, which was ranked 46th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in South Dakota that has a law program. It is located in Ellsworth AFB. Students at National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension paid $6,800 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

Tuition at South Dakota's law schools ranges from $21,890 per year to $3,154 per year. But, the average tuition is $11,257 per year. The South Dakota law schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. University of Sioux Falls - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $21,890 per year
  2. Mount Marty College - located in Yankton, students are charged $19,932 per year
  3. Dakota Wesleyan University - located in Mitchell, students are charged $19,850 per year

The law schools in South Dakota that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Sinte Gleska University - located in Mission, students are charged $3,154 per year
  2. Southeast Technical Institute - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $3,606 per year
  3. Western Dakota Technical Institute - located in Rapid City, students are charged $4,860 per year

A law degree from a South Dakota school... what next?

Many South Dakota law graduates become a police officer, court clerk, paralegal, police detective, and conservation officer. South Dakota had 5,250 law professionals in 2010. 730 of these law professionals were lawyers, 1,550 were police officers, and 780 were court clerks. The largest populations of South Dakota law professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Beadle County - 980 law professionals
  2. Lincoln County - 850 law professionals
  3. Meade County - 820 law professionals

Salary

On average, law professionals earn $46,197 per year. However, this number is only an average. Law professional in South Dakota had varying salaries from $17,050 to $142,290 per year in 2010. The counties in South Dakota with the highest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Meade County - $48,400 per year
  2. Lincoln County - $45,015 per year
  3. Bennett County - $44,643 per year

Law professionals in the following counties in South Dakota make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Beadle County - $38,556 per year
  2. Aurora County - $41,382 per year
  3. Bennett County - $44,643 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in South Dakota were:

  1. Judge - $91,320 per year
  2. Lawyer - $81,090 per year
  3. Police Detective - $64,140 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in South Dakota were:

  1. Legal Assistant - $24,920 per year
  2. Bailiff - $19,110 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional South Dakota statistics regarding a career in law. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in South Dakota
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in South Dakota
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in South Dakota

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,576 miles from location University of South Dakota Vermillion SD 64.495 41% 9,617
6,564 miles from location Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls SD 19.5942 n/a 2,489
6,879 miles from location National American University-Rapid City Rapid City SD 12.6507 n/a 1,973
6,562 miles from location University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD 24.3457 41% 1,570
6,600 miles from location Mount Marty College Yankton SD 23.7367 45% 1,214
6,877 miles from location Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City SD 21.9694 53% 1,152
6,564 miles from location Colorado Technical University Sioux Falls SD 10.9095 n/a 1,060
6,757 miles from location Sinte Gleska University Mission SD 13.4932 n/a 936
6,626 miles from location Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell SD 53.9083 39% 763
6,564 miles from location National American University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD 6.11863 n/a 554
6,565 miles from location Globe University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD n/a n/a 336
6,562 miles from location Kilian Community College Sioux Falls SD 6.73111 n/a 336
0 miles from location National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth AFB SD 27.8425 n/a 329
 

Curious what studying Law gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in South Dakota

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers + 1,550 $40,820 0.6%
2
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks + 780 $28,020 9.9%
3
Legal Secretaries + 750 $24,920 33.9%
4
Lawyers + 730 $81,090
5
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 530 $37,770 60.6%
6
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists + 400 $37,480 8.1%
7
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 220 $64,140 -8.3%
8
Bailiffs + 100 $19,110 42.9%
9
Fish and Game Wardens + 100 $37,300 0.0%
10
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates + 90 $91,320 0.0%
 

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