What will I learn?

The School of Law offers a joint degree program with Arts and Sciences College of the University of South Dakota leading to the juris doctor degree and a masters degree in history. Historians with legal training are exceedingly rare, and there are an increasing number of career opportunities in public service for those who have this interdisciplinary background. These include employment in national and state government agencies and private industry in such areas as energy, environment, civil rights and Indian law. The Department of History and the School of Law are cooperating to make this unique training available to students. Nine hours of the approved history courses may be used to fulfill the requirements for the juris doctor degree. Under the Master of Arts in History Plan-A degree program, a 30-credit hour program, 12 hours of law credit will be applied toward the Master of Arts degree. Under the Master of Arts in History Plan-B degree program, a 32-credit hour program, 14 hours of law credit will be applied toward the Master of Arts degree. More specifically, the Master of Arts in History, Plan-A, includes nine credit hours of history core (Research Seminar, Reading Seminar, and Historiography), six credit hours of theses, a minimum of three credit hours of history electives, and 12 credit hours of law, for a minimum of 30 credit hours. The Master of Arts in History, Plan-B, includes nine credit hours of history core (Research Seminar, Reading Seminar, and Historiography), a minimum of 11 credit hours of history electives, and 14 credit hours of law. The mission of the University of South Dakota School of Law is to prepare lawyers and judges for the federal, state, and American Indian justice systems in South Dakota and to provide South Dakota residents and other students an affordable legal education imparting the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the practice of law or other careers in a culturally diverse and global environment. Students at the Law School are a highly selective group that has demonstrated intellectual aptitude and personal characteristics desirable in the legal profession, including a desire to serve others. A primary objective of the Law School curriculum is to develop analytical and other skills that are fundamental for the legal profession. The faculty employs a variety of pedagogical techniques to achieve that objective, including Socratic dialogue, the case method, lecture, and simulation. The curriculum is designed to familiarize students with basic legal doctrines and to instill in them the values of the legal profession and the judicial system. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities at local, regional, and national levels.

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours for Plan A (thesis); 33 credit hours for Plan B (non - thesis))

Tuition fees
USD $626.85 Per credit
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

School of Law

414 East Clark Street,

VERMILLION,

South Dakota,

57069, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successful completion of a baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 on conferred degree and/or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale, on all graduate coursework. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT); International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, and Pearson Test of English (PTE) - a minimum PTE score of 53.

For international students

Students with Baccalaureate degree must be from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on conferred degree and/or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale, on all graduate coursework is required for full admission.

English Language Requirements:

A minimum score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or a minimum PTE score of 53 is required for graduate admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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