The School of Law at University of North Dakota

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Benjamin Hoffman
Application deadline April 15
Full-time program application fee $35
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of North Dakota

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 43.1% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.33
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 151

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 43.1%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 148-154
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.93-3.62
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.33
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 151

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.B.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Law School Clinic; Externship Program; Summer Federal Externships; Legislative Internships; Summer Classes; Summer Program with Norway; Tribal Judicial Institute; Tribal Gaming Institute; Tribal Environmental Law Project; Northern Plains Indian Law Center; Tribal Advocacy Training Program.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year N/A
Seminars 6
Positions available in seminars 92
Positions available in simulation courses 157
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 32
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Law Review; Moot Court Association. Student Organizations: Native American Law Student Association; Student Trial Lawyers Association; Student Bar Association; Law Women’s Caucus; Environmental Law Society; Public Interest Law Student Association; Delta Theta Phi; Phi Alpha Delta; Phi Delta Phi; Federalist Society; Criminal Law Organization; International Law Organization.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 85
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 79
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 84
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 13
Full-time students involved in field placements 50
Full-time students involved in law journals 36
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 12
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 14

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 18.9:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 20
Full-time minority faculty N/A
Part-time minority faculty N/A
Total faculty 23
Total faculty (men) 60.9%
Total faculty (women) 39.1%
Total faculty (minorities) N/A

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#145 Best Law Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 31
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.0
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.93-3.62
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.33
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 148-154
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 151
Acceptance rate 43.1% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 18.9:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.7% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 81.7% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar ND
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 251

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 251

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school N/A
Female students discontinuing law school N/A

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director N/A
Financial aid phone (701) 777-3121
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $9,895 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $21,580 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $8,750
Books $1,100
Miscellaneous expenses $4,800
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 22.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 6.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.8%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.8%
Median grant amount $3,750
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,080–$6,250
Full-time students receiving grants 31.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $70,555
Proportion who borrowed 82.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 35,941
Microform titles 94,616
Electronic titles 26,358
Other non-book titles 544
Total titles 157,459
Volumes (excluding microforms) 164,488
Volume equivalent microforms 171,392
Total volumes and volume equivalents 335,880
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 99
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 49
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 77
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 67
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 8
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 2

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 192
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 5
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 21,875
Total seats available for library users 207
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Thormodsgard Law Library: four floor addition to law school. Law library has meeting rooms, computer lab, student study carrels, tables. Law School: houses faculty, administration, student organizations, student lounge, 4 main classrooms that have state-of-the-art teaching stations. Baker Moot Courtroom fully equipped with technology for state-of-the-art presentations, trial and appellate cases.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar ND
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 81.7% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 73
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.7%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.6%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 4.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.1%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $45,000
Median private sector starting salary $46,550
75th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 22%
Median public service starting salary $49,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.6%
Percent employed in business and industry 18.8%
Percent employed in government 9.4%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 14.1%
Percent employed in law firms 50.0%
Percent employed in public interest 4.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 1.6%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 69%
Graduates employed out-of-state 29.7%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 14
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 3.1%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 79.7%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 4.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 3.1%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 6.3%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career Services provides career development services and advice to law students and UND Law alumni whether they are entering the job market or changing career direction; Assists employers who are seeking law clerks or associates; Maintains an online job board which contains student jobs and internships, as well as full/part time attorney openings; Provides student loan debt management counseling.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 79.7%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 98.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 14.1%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 88.9%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 4.7%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.6%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%

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