Each SDARL class is comprised of approximately thirty individuals from a variety of locations and occupations. They have all demonstrated past leadership, a thirst for
additional learning and a willingness to serve.
The application process consists of a lengthy application and three letters of reference. Candidates and their spouses are interviewed by a committee with the final selection determined by the SDARL Board of Directors.
Each class spans an 18-month period. The group meets nine times across South Dakota for intense two-to-three day seminars Each class also participates in Washington DC and international travel study seminars.