University of North Dakota School of Law

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University of North Dakota
School of Law
UND Law School.jpg
Motto Lux et Lex
(Latin for Light and Law)
Established 1899
Type Public law school
Dean Kathryn R. L. Rand
Academic staff 17 professors, 2 visiting professors and 20 affiliated members
Students 251 [1]
Location Grand Forks, ND, USA
47°55′17″N 97°04′14″W / 47.92139°N 97.07056°W / 47.92139; -97.07056
Website law.und.edu

The University of North Dakota School of Law is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota at the University of North Dakota (UND) and is the only law school in the state of North Dakota. Established in 1899, the law school is home to approximately 240 students and has more than 3,000 alumni. It has one of the smallest student populations among the American Bar Association accredited law schools.[1]

The institution offers the J.D. degree and a joint degree programs in law and public administration (J.D./M.P.A.) and also business administration (J.D./M.B.A.). It has two certificate programs, one in Indian law and one in aviation law. The school is also home to the Northern Plains Indian Law Center. In addition, UND Law students can participate in the school's summer Norway Exchange Program (at the University of Oslo, Norway). According to North Dakota's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 59.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[2]

Admissions[edit]

In 2006, the median GPA for incoming UND Law students was 3.50, while the median LSAT score was 152. The School of Law received 630 applications for its J.D. program, of which 197 were accepted and 77 were enrolled. In recent years, the school has increased its student diversity through partial tuition waivers for members of minority groups. In addition, the school attracts a number of international students from Canada, Norway and other countries.

Ranking[edit]

In its 2014 ranking of American law schools, U.S. News and World Report ranked UND Law 126 out of approximately 194 accredited law schools.

Curriculum[edit]

UND Law has a formal Curricular Mission Statement to guide changes to its educational program. In 2013-14, the school reconfigured the required first-year curriculum, adding a new Professional Foundations course.

Building[edit]

In 2013, the North Dakota legislature approved $11.4 million for a major addition and renovation to the existing building. Construction is expected to start in May 2014.

Thormodsgard Law Library[edit]

Thormodsgard Law Library

The three-story Thormodsgard Law Library adjacent to the School of Law building at UND is named in honor of Olaf H. Thormodsgard, who was Dean of the University of North Dakota School of Law from 1933 to 1962.

The library underwent a renovation in 2003 that added mobile compact shelving. The upgrade increased the shelf-space for the library's growing collection of legal materials (which includes a core collection of 312,000 volumes). WestLaw and LexisNexis are a part of the library's electronic collection.

Employment[edit]

According to North Dakota's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 59.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[3] North Dakota's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 14.9%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[4]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at North Dakota for the 2013-2014 academic year is $13,349 for residents and $43,186 for nonresidents.[5] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $113,029 for residents and $163,484 for nonresidents.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Rep. Earl Pomeroy - (J.D. 1979), U.S. Congressman (D-ND) (1993-2011)[7]
  • Hon. Olger B. Burtness - (LL.B 1907), U.S. Congressman (R-ND) (1921-1933), North Dakota District Judge (1950-1960)[8]
  • Hon. Kermit Edward Bye - (J.D. 1962), Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2000–present)[9]
  • Hon. Ralph R. Erickson - (J.D. 1984), North Dakota District Judge (1994-2003), Chief United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota (2003–present)[10]
  • Hon. Daniel L. Hovland - (J.D. 1979), United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota (2003–present)[11]
  • Hon. Rodney S. Webb - (J.D. 1959), United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota (1981–87), United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota (1987-2009)[12]
  • Hon. Edward J. Devitt - (LL.B 1935), U.S. Congressmen (1947-49) (R-MN), United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota (1954-1992)[13]
  • Hon. James R. Carrigan - (J.D. 1953), United States District Judge for the District of Colorado (1979-1995)[14]
  • Hon. H.F. Gierke III - (J.D. 1966), Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (1991–present), elevated to Chief Judge in 2004[citation needed]
  • Hon. Gerald W. VandeWalle - (J.D. 1958), Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (1978–present), elevated to Chief Justice in 1993.[15]
  • Hon. Daniel J. Crothers - (J.D. 1979), Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (2005–present)[16]
  • Hon. Mary Muehlen Maring - (J.D. 1975), Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (1996– 2013)[17]
  • Hon. Dale V. Sandstrom - (J.D. 1975), North Dakota Public Service Commissioner (1983-1992), Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (1992–present)[18]
  • Hon. Lisa K. Fair McEvers - (J.D. 1997), Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (2014-present)[19]
  • William Langer - (LL.B 1906), Attorney General of North Dakota (1919–20), Governor of North Dakota (1933–34, 1937–39), U.S. Senator (R-ND) (1940-1959)[20]
  • John Moses - (LL.B. 1915), Governor of North Dakota (1939–45), U.S. Senator (D-ND) (1945)[21]
  • Allen I. Olson - Governor of North Dakota (1981–85)[22]
  • Hon. Rosanna M. Peterson - (J.D. 1991), United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington (2010–present)[23]
  • Keithe E. Nelson - (J.D. 1959), Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force (1988–91)[citation needed]
  • Bryan G. Hawley - (J.D. 1967), Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force (1996–99)[citation needed]
  • Peter S. Pantaleo - (J.D. 1976), Managing Partner, DLA Piper New York Office[citation needed]
  • Charles Tighe - (1951), Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota (1965-1969)[24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "J.D. Enrollment By School". American Bar Association. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Employment Statistics". 
  3. ^ "Employment Statistics". 
  4. ^ "North Dakota University Profile". 
  5. ^ "Tuition and Expenses". 
  6. ^ "Cardozo-Yeshiva University Profile". 
  7. ^ . Biographical Directory of the United States Congress http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=p000422. Retrieved 1 April 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Olger B. Burtness". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kermit Edward Bye". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ralph R. Erickson". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Daniel L. Hovland". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rodney S. Webb". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Edward J. Devitt". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "James R. Carrigan". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Gerald W. VandeWalle". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Daniel J. Crothers". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mary Muehlen Maring". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Dale V. Sandstrom". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Lisa K. Fair McEvers". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "William Langer". Notable Names Data Base. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "John Moses". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Allen I. Olson". Notable Names Data Base. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Rosanna M. Peterson". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  24. ^ Charles Tighe-obituary

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