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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.

Paralegal Program Stats

  • There are 4 colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in South Dakota.
  • 0 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 4 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
  • There are 0 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs in South Dakota.

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate: Western Dakota Technical Institute 36%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Globe University-Sioux Falls $23,842.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Western Dakota Technical Institute $12,043.1
  • Highest student population: National American University-Rapid City 2,384.1
  • Lowest student population: Globe University-Sioux Falls 262.1
  • Annual tuition range for paralegal programs at community colleges and career schools in South Dakota: $5,310-$15,660.2
  • 0 schools in US News Best Law Schools Rankings of 2013 (top 100)

Continue reading below to find out more about paralegal schools in South Dakota and career projections for paralegal graduates.

Paralegal Degree Programs in South Dakota

South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University (SDSU) offers a Legal Studies Minor program, under the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion. The curriculum for the minor is based on the American Bar Association’s 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, including basic accounting principles, social and ethical issues, and the promotion of justice.

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’s degree 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. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=SD&sort=best