University of North Dakota School of Law

215 Centennial Drive Stop , Grand Forks, ND 58202 | Google Map

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Founded 1899 | ABA Accredited 1923

The only law school in the state of North Dakota, The University of North Dakota School of Law is a strong regional school, dedicated to the development of exceptional legal professionals in North Dakota and the surrounding states. Founded in 1899, UND Law has an intentionally small student population of around 245, a feature that lends itself to a collaborative educational community. UND Law is a division of the nationally recognized University of North Dakota, and is part of an education community that places strong emphasis on public service, professionalism, and ethical conduct. Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the School offers a relaxed feel with all the convenience and professional opportunity of an urban environment. A member of the American Association of Law Schools since 1910, UND Law is fully accredited by the ABA.

The small size of the student body the the law school's proximity to various courts gives students many opportunities to work in close professional contact with faculty, legal professionals, and alumni. Through the Student Bar Association, students are permitted to participate in the creation of school policy. Among the notable innovations at the law school is the Northern Plains Indian Law Center, the first center of its kind in the region. In consultation with area tribes and leaders, the Center provides a forum for discussing tribal issues, addressing Indian legal matters, and sponsoring tribal trial advocacy training programs.

Students also have the opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience in real world legal office settings through UND's Clinical Education Program. Under the supervision of lawyers and faculty, students represent clients and gain first hand experience of all aspects of the legal profession. Class discussions and writing assignments facilitate analysis of legal issues and reflection on the lawyer's role in society. Field experience in a variety of local and state placements can be had in UND Law's comprehensive Externship Program. In the Trial Advocacy Program, students learn trial skills in a simulated advocacy setting and are responsible for conducting at least one full civil or criminal case during the year. The Central Legal Research allows select students to work with attorneys and judges across the state to develop legal writing skills and individual portfolios. Certain students are also chosen to intern at the state legislature in Bismarck.

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POLL OF POLLS#155

SELECTIVITY RANK#149

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