Project involving law school receives $40,000 for American Indian outreach

Project involving law school receives $40,000 for American Indian outreach A project proposed jointly by the School of Law at The University of South Dakota and the law schools of Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming has been chosen to receive one of three $40,000 grants from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to augment American Indian pre-law and outreach programs.

The pre-law workshop project, proposed for Rapid City, will be scheduled during the 2003-2004 academic year. The program will focus on providing early college and high school American Indian students information about legal education and careers from law and undergraduate faculty and students, tribal leaders and bar members, including American Indian attorneys.

The program will be coordinated by professionals from the four law schools. In 1996, the law schools at The University of South Dakota and UND hosted a similar LSAC workshop. The success of that joint program encouraged the LSAC Board of Trustees to seek proposals and sponsor additional workshops for this academic year.

"The law schools of this region bear the responsibility for educating lawyers who can provide needed legal services to Native American people," said Barry R. Vickrey, dean of the School of Law at USD. "Better legal services can help Native American tribes and individuals to prosper in this region. We appreciate the support of the LSAC for our efforts to attract talented Native American students into the legal profession."

Other 2003-2004 grant recipients were the University of Tulsa and the University of Washington.

The University of South Dakota School of Law began classes in 1901.

, has remained accredited by the American Bar Association since 1923 and been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1907.

The University of South Dakota School of Law provides a high-quality legal education that prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota and for success in private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. For more information please visit

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