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Paralegal Schools in South Dakota

This guide to paralegal schools in South Dakota contains important information about your options so that you can make an informed decision. The colleges and universities in South Dakota offer a variety of options for obtaining a paralegal degree, which may include options for studying in specialty practice areas. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, you may also wish to consider online paralegal degree programs, which some students find to be a more flexible option.

Quick Facts

  • There is 1 college or university that offers a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in South Dakota.1
  • No schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 1 school offers an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • No schools ranked in Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs in 2018.3
  • No schools ranked in College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
  • No not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in South Dakota.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • University of South Dakota (#128 tie)

Paralegal Degree Programs in South Dakota

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South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University (SDSU) offers a Legal Studies Minor under the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion. The curriculum for the minor is based on American Bar Association (ABA) standards and prepares students to improve their performance on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and to apply for law school. Topics covered in the Legal Studies Minor include American political and legal systems, persuasive speech and writing, the study of logic, reasoning, proofs, and fallacies, financial literacy, basic accounting principles, social and ethical issues, and the promotion of justice. Students interested in pursuing law school can talk to advisors within the department for support preparing for the exam and application process. The minor can also potentially prepare graduates for careers as paralegals, particularly if paired with a related major.

Start networking as soon as possible and connect with paralegals who work in the area(s) of law which interest you. Look within your network and find a mentor (or two; “one-size” does not fit all). –Mianne L. Besser, President and NFPA Secondary of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association.

Sinte Gleska University

Sinte Gleska University offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Management with a minor in Legal Studies that provides the foundation needed to pursue entry-level legal support careers. The legal studies minor at Sinte Gleska University focuses on leadership in tribal government and business as well as justice in Indian country. Students are particularly well-prepared to pursue careers in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court System, which is in keeping with the school’s motto, “Reinforcing our foundation for the people to go forward in the Lakota Way,” as well as its primary mission to provide higher education designed to promote individual development and tribal autonomy.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values in Public Colleges: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
3. Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs: https://www.paralegal411.org/degrees/bachelors/online/
4. College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018: https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/legal-studies-and-professions/rankings/top-ranked/
5. US News Best Law Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings
6. American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/