The educational program of the School of Law is designed to provide education and training in legal analysis and the application of legal principles leading to professional competence.
The School emphasizes an understanding of the operation of law, which creates and interprets bodies such as the judiciary, the legislature, administrative agencies and executive departments. It also emphasizes the manner in which the decision-making process in each of these takes place. The legal process itself, as well as the law which emerges as its consequence, is an important subject of inquiry in the School of Law.
Instructional techniques in the School of Law are designed to challenge the imagination and ability of the student. The case method is employed in most first-year courses to stimulate the students own capacity for intellectual evaluation and logical deduction, to encourage meticulous reading habits and to present models of the evolution of legal principles. In upper division classes, lectures are used when appropriate, and there is emphasis on problem-solving techniques and skills training. Also available to upper-class students are seminars which encourage group discussion and, at the same time, offer opportunities for individual research under personal faculty supervision. To stimulate active learning, instructors utilize the school's multimedia courtroom as a teaching laboratory. Their use of video tape during trial and appellate arguments allows the faculty to provide immediate and graphic feedback to the student. Professors also utilize computer data projection equipment for classroom enhancement.
The UND School of Law offers two Certificate Programs
Joint Degree Programs
The UND School of Law offers three joint degree programs, including a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration with the UND College of Business and Public Administration as well as a Masters of Public Health through the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Academic Success and Support
Our approach to the legal education is to provide support to help you succeed in law school.
A comprehensive listing of courses offered in the first year and beyond
The unique identity and special strengths of UND School of Law inform the content and delivery of our curriculum. Our educational environment reflects the value we place on practice readiness in a variety of settings, including solo and small-firm practice; open-mindedness and intellectual receptivity; federal Indian and tribal law; international and foreign law, particularly Norwegian and Canadian law; the need to draw upon knowledge from other fields; and our curriculum’s connection to real-world practice.