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University of North Dakota School of Law

The UND School of Law offers two joint degree programs with the UND College of Business and Public Administration. Through the joint degree programs, students earn either the Master of Public Administration or the Master of Business Administration alongside their J.D. The M.P.A program at UND, accredited by NASPAA, prepares students to enter into or advance in government, nonprofit, or business careers in order to contribute to the advancement and well-being of society. UND's M.B.A. program, accredited by AACSB, emphasizes the development of mid-to upper-level managers, with a focus on knowledge of advanced business functions, decision-making skills and understanding of internal and external factors affecting management of organizations. Each joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in eight semesters. Each joint degree program requires students to be admitted to both the UND School of Law and the UND Graduate School.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 241
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 145 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.04 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 80.53%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88.0%
In State Tuition $10,417
Out of State Tuition $22,394

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About University of North Dakota School of Law

The UND School of Law offers two joint degree programs with the UND College of Business and Public Administration. Through the joint degree programs, students earn either the Master of Public Administration or the Master of Business Administration alongside their J.D. The M.P.A program at UND, accredited by NASPAA, prepares students to enter into or advance in government, nonprofit, or business careers in order to contribute to the advancement and well-being of society. UND's M.B.A. program, accredited by AACSB, emphasizes the development of mid-to upper-level managers, with a focus on knowledge of advanced business functions, decision-making skills and understanding of internal and external factors affecting management of organizations. Each joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in eight semesters. Each joint degree program requires students to be admitted to both the UND School of Law and the UND Graduate School.

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Located in Grand Forks, the “underrated” University of North Dakota School of Law is home to one of the smallest law student populations. The resulting small class sizes make for “a better learning experience” than some larger schools, as “you get to hear opinions from all of the students” rather than just a few. Those who attend UND relish the intimacy this affords. “The first year class starts at eighty-five students, and that is as high as it will go,” says a student. “Anything beyond that would be too big.” UND School of Law “will prepare you to be a real legal practitioner.” “You will be confident in your ability to handle your clients when you graduate,” says a 1L.The professors here “are the school's greatest resource.” These “wonderful” and “accessible” teachers “are very willing to just meet with students to chat,” and the fac­ulty offices are in a location that is “very inviting” to students. “They all know my name and are eager to meet whenever possible. This proved very helpful as a nervous 1L,” says a student. Most have plenty of legal experience and are able to bring those experiences into the classroom in order to “help contextualize the complicated content in a way that allows the students to make sense of it.” The deans are “very nice and personable,” and the Dean has a “commanding presence”; she “is cleaning house of mediocre professor[s],” meaning that “newly hired professors are proving to be definitely outstanding and fresh. ”The administration is similarly receptive, and “students are very involved in the pro­cess” of running the law school. Students are kept well-informed about administration through “Dean's forums, email and word-of-mouth.”One of the greatest strengths of UND is “how well connected it is in the state of North Dakota.” The federal externship program offers UND students opportunities that can be scarce at other law schools, and though students admit that the school’s reputation has not exactly spread nationwide among employers, “North Dakotans take care of their own.” The legal job market in the state is strong and “embraces us exclusively”: “UND grads hire UND grads.” The state legislature is also very supportive, especially through its legislative internship semester program; however, as strong as in-state job prospects are, the Career Services Office has quite a few naysayers when it comes to those seeking to go further. “Individual work needs to be done by students who are looking to be employed outside of the state,” says a student. “Most of the help this office provides is generic information regarding resumes, cover letters, etc.”The size allows for courses to be “conducted with the students needs as the focus,” but it also implies that “specializ[ing] is very hard to do at this particular school.” There are two certificate options through the school (in Native American law and another in Aviation law), but outside of those two areas, a student is hard pressed to focus on the curriculum unless he or she forms a project with a professor, “which does not happen often. ”In order to branch out, UND Law students do have the option to participate in the school's summer Norway Exchange Program. The building classrooms are definitely “outdated.” There are only two classrooms that can fit the full class of eighty-five students, but “the school is making improvements.” During the 2013 legislative session, the state legislature appropriated $11.4 million for an addition and renovation project for the School of Law. The library is an excellent resource—“far better than using the online tools. The library staff goes above and beyond to help the students find what they need.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 77

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA - 4 years JD/MBA - 4years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 25
Full-Time Faculty 9
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 11
Faculty Gender 64% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 18 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 57%
Multi-racial 1%
International 7%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 24%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 5%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $10,417 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,520 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $18,937 $10,417

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $22,394 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,520 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $30,914 $22,394

Financial Aid

84% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$23,340 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $35

Incoming Class

University of North Dakota School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 145 - 153
LSAT Total 145 - 153

University of North Dakota School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.04 - 3.58
Total 3.04 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 81%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 30
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 29 38%
Firm Sized 11-25 9 12%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 12%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Business Industry 9 12%
Government 14 18%
Public Interest 3 4%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 9 12%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 6 7%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 1%
MN 14%
ND 74%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of North Dakota School of Law include:

  • Mary Maring - Justice - ND Supreme Court
  • Peter Pantaleo - DLA Piper, NY Managing Partner
  • Kermit Bye - Judge - 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • H.F. Gierke - Chief Justice - US Armed Forces Court of Appeals
  • Earl Pomeroy - Congressman - ND

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