South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Cases at USD

Law students at the University of South Dakota have the opportunity to sit in on Supreme Court hearings this week.

For more than 20 years the South Dakota Supreme Court has held its March sessions on the USD campus.

This year, nine different cases will be heard during the three-day session. Law students have a rare chance to see the process and structure of the highest court in the state. The appellate arguments they'll see are similar to the mock trials first-year students take part in.

"To have the Supreme Court of South Dakota or any other state supreme court visit here on a regular basis is very, very unusual. The bench, Bar, and law school in South Dakota have a very unique relationship. And the Judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court, is always helpful and goes out of its way to help us provide the highest quality legal education as we can," said USD Law School Dean Tom Geu.

All five Supreme Court Justices are alumni of the USD law school program.