Why Choose the UND School of Law
As you weigh choosing among the more than 200 law schools across the country, you no doubt are considering the tangibles and intangibles that distinguish one law school from another. If you are looking for a law school that offers a high-quality legal education at an affordable price, in an intimate environment that values students as people, and a faculty and staff invested in the professional and personal growth of each student, then UND School of Law may be the right law school for you.
UND educated attorneys are well-rounded legal professionals with the necessary skill set to serve as effective, innovative, and ethical leaders. Our distinct character as one of the smaller public law school in the national informs our program of legal education, which is designed to produce competent and ethical lawyers with entry-level proficiency and professional self-sufficiency in any setting and reflects a cooperative and collaborative approach to teaching and learning. Our curricular goals are to facilitate each student's professional and personal development and to promote the highest professional standards, critical thinking, self-and other-awareness, creative problem solving skills, life-long learning, and a commitment to serving society.
Small Community of Faculty, Staff and Scholars Committed to Your Success
One feature truly unique to UND Law is the strength of our commitment to a spirit of community. The personal attention given to each student and the intimate nature of the educational experience are, in part, a function of our size. In an entering class of 80 to 90 students and an overall student body of around 250, no one can get lost in the crowd.
Our faculty and support personnel will know you as an individual and care about your success. Our Academic Success program exists to help you succeed. If you are strong enough to be admitted, then our feeling is you have the tools necessary to graduate. Through three years of law school, and after graduation, you will receive the support and encouragement of a talented faculty and staff who are committed to you. Our students are bright, conscientious, and highly motivated, and the small class sizes create bonds that survive well beyond law school and open up personal and professional opportunities.
Value at an Affordable Price
With a high quality educational program and an affordable tuition, UND School of Law has the lowest cost of attendance for any ranked law school in the country, is consistently recognized as a "Best Value" law school and ranks in top ten law schools with the least amount of student debt. Financial Aid and scholarships are available. Your dream of law school can become a reality at UND and affordability means our graduates have the ability to pursue the career options the want.
A Growing Need for Legal Services in North Dakota
The State of North Dakota is in the midst of a rapid-onset shortage of lawyers. In just the last few years, the state's growth in population and economic development, particularly in western North Dakota, and the accompanying surge in civil and criminal cases have resulted in overburdened court systems and legal services providers. Practice-ready lawyers are critically needed throughout our state. These legal needs span the spectrum from family law, financial and estate planning, real estate and housing law to the complexities of criminal and constitutional law.
Building for Your Future
The members of the 2013 North Dakota State Legislature and N.D. Governor Jack Dalrymple made an historic commitment to the legal future of North Dakota by supporting an $11.4 million appropriation for an addition to and renovation of North Dakota's only School of Law. The building addition and renovation enhanced the already strong academic reputation of the UND School of Law through the addition of student space, classroom and courtroom space.
We encourage you to come visit our law school and experience first-hand the welcoming and supportive environment in which we live and learn together.