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North Dakota Law Schools

There are a lot of factors that go into the choice of a law school. If you are thinking about North Dakota, then one of those factors will be the state itself. Theodore Roosevelt spent a great deal of time in North Dakota in the late 1800's. He was so impressed with the rugged beauty of the state, that he credited his time in the state to his desire to create the National Park system.

It is not hard to see the natural appeal of the state from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, to the excitement of its cities of Fargo and Grand Forks separated by vast stretches of rolling hills and farmlands. While there are lots of opportunities in North Dakota, if you are looking for a law school, you will find only one: University of North Dakota School of Law (UND School of Law).

University Of North Dakota School Of Law


The school of law is located in Grand Forks, ND on the eastern border North Dakota shares with Minnesota. Grand Forks is the third largest city in the state with a population of about 50,000 according to the 2010 census. It is located on the banks of the Red River and takes its name from the fork of the Red River and the Red Lake River.

School Facts

UND School of Law is one of the smallest American Bar Association accredited schools with a student body of about 230 for the 2016 class. It is also one of the least expensive law schools in the country with even the out of state tuition being far below the mid-range point. The law school ranking system developed by U. S. News puts the law school as a third tier school. The school's small size means that everyone on campus will know who you are, if an intimate environment appeals to you, then UND School of Law may be for you.


There is nothing surprising in the law school curriculum. The first year required courses are just what you would expect:

  • Contracts
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Civil Procedure
  • Lawyering Skills
  • Professional Foundations
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law

In addition to the required first year courses, a law student will be expected to complete an "Intensive Writing Experience" and an "Experiential Learning Requirement" in their second and third years of school.

Special Programs

UND has two unique law school learning certificates. There is the Indian Law Certificate Program which provides an opportunity for a law student to focus on Indian and Tribal Law. There is also an Aviation Law Certificate which takes advantage of the University of North Dakota's undergraduate Aerospace degree programs to provide a special emphasis in aviation law.

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Your decision of which law school to attend will require the sifting of the strengths and weakness of the various schools, along with your personal preferences. FindLaw's Law Student section can help you in this process. It contains many articles that offer tips and advice as you select a school, settle into legal academic life, take the bar exam, and go onto your first job. Check the Law Student section site often as you make your journey, because new articles and information are added all of the time. Good luck on your adventure!

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