Law School Mission Statement
The University of North Dakota School of Law seeks to:
- Educate students for professional service in the law and law related professions.
- Explore legal issues of special significance to North Dakota and the region.
- Attract a well-qualified and diverse student body and to assist student in making career decisions.
- Promote improvements in the law and legal systems, the legal profession, and the administration of justice.
- Further the overall goals and objectives of the University of North Dakota.
Adopted by vote of the faculty in August 2000
Curricular Mission Statement
The curricular mission of the University of North Dakota School of Law is to produce 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 schools in the nation 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.
Adopted by vote of the faculty on January 22, 2010
Amended by vote of the faculty on December 7, 2012
Diversity Mission Statement
The University of North Dakota School of Law is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in legal education for all persons. Further, the School recognizes the educational richness that results from including human experience from diverse perspectives. A law school community that welcomes, promotes, and respects diverse viewpoints enhances the quality of educational experiences for all those within that community, and enhances the legal profession and communities outside of the law school by preparing students to be more culturally respectful, professionally competent, and civically responsible leaders. The University of North Dakota School of Law is therefore committed to achieving a diverse law school community in terms of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender (including identity and expression), sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, and socioeconomic status. In furtherance of this commitment, the University of North Dakota School of Law has adopted a diversity policy to guide our efforts.
Amended by vote of the faculty on April 9, 2013 and April 16, 2021