Earn a well-rounded undergraduate degree that prepares you for law school.
By earning an undergraduate degree with a broad liberal arts background, you’ll prepare
yourself to analyze and explore legal issues in your pursuit of becoming a lawyer.
Select from four plans specifically designed to prepare you for the rigors of law
school and practice.
While there are no specific prerequisite classes to be admitted to law school, the
Law School Admissions Council advises that prospective students choose courses that
sharpen their analytical reasoning and writing skills. The Council goes on to recommend
that students preparing for law school should be able to think, read, and write well
and have an understanding of what shapes human experience.
At UND you have multiple options to choose from that are designed to equip you with
the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and
succeed in law school.
Shave off a year of law school while earning your bachelor's degree at the same time.
Our unique accelerated Law (Bachelor's/J.D.) program allows you to specialize in an undergraduate program while getting a jump start
on law school. You complete both degrees in six years rather than seven — saving time
You will complete the first three years of your undergraduate program in Criminal Justice Studies, Philosophy and Ethics or Political Science. The fourth year of your undergraduate degree will double count credits and meet
the Essential Studies Capstone requirement to help you complete your bachelor's while
you begin your coursework for the J.D.
As you enroll in one of these UND programs, you will work closely with faculty mentors
who will guide you through the law school application process including preparing
for the LSAT and composing your statement of purpose.
With the state's only Law School on campus at UND, choosing the University of North
Dakota is the right choice for your education. While at UND, you are welcome to attend
law events, sit in on a law class, schedule a tour of the law school, and connect
with law faculty and staff. There are also many ways for you to get involved and connect
with other pre-law students such as joining the UND Pre-Law Society.
Pre-Law Programs at UND
Connect with classmates in several organizations and associations specifically for
students interested in law.
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can apply for acceptance to the UND
School of Law, the state's only law school.
Earn a cross-discipline, liberal arts education from UND.
Law Degree Jobs
Median annual salary for individuals working in legal occupations
A law degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers:
Ethics and compliance officer
Private practice attorney
Criminal defense attorney
Public interest attorney
Law alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Crowley Fleck PLLP
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
North Dakota Supreme Court
State of North Dakota
Conmy Feste, Ltd.
Pre-Law Programs Courses
PHIL 371. Philosophy of Law. 3 Credits.
An investigation of the nature of both law and legal reasoning. Study of the nature of law focuses on theories of natural law, legal positivism, and legal realism. Legal reasoning concerns justified interpretation of precedent and statute within the common law tradition. Additional topics dealt with as time allows, encompass such issues as the justification of punishment and enforcement of morality. S, odd years.
CJ 365. Law and Society. 3 Credits.
This course explores legal ideals, deviations from those ideals, and the relationship between culture, social structure, and law. Prerequisite: CJ 201, CJ 210, CJ 220, & CJ 270; or Legal Studies minor. F,S.
PHIL 355. Social and Political Philosophy. 3 Credits.
This course examines core issues in society and governance: the nature of justice, the limits of freedom, the role of religion, family and pluralism in the modern community, are a few examples of possible topics. Students in the course may examine both classical and contemporary theories of political society. Offered Fall every 3 years (2008). F, even years.
CJ 341. Criminal Law. 3 Credits.
This course covers the fundamentals and foundations of American criminal jurisprudence with an emphasis on common law definitions of crimes and modern requirements for the criminalization of behavior, statutory laws. Prerequisite: CJ 201, CJ 210, CJ 220, and CJ 270; or Forensic Science major; or Legal Studies minor. F,S.
POLS 116. State and Local Government. 3 Credits.
Structure, function and problems of state and local government; executive, legislative, and judicial processes; federalism and metropolitan government. F,S.
POLS 225. Comparative Politics. 3 Credits.
An introduction to comparative politics with emphasis on the democratic systems of Europe. F.
Leader in Law
UND student, Chandon Pierre, plans to fight for equal rights, social justice and fair educational and economic opportunities.