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.
You will work with an academic advisor to develop a specialized plan of study in conjunction
with any other undergraduate major.
Est. time to complete:
Depends on Major
Why study pre-law at UND?
While there are no specific prerequisite classes to be admitted to law school, there
are classes available at UND to help you develop the skills needed to be a successful
lawyer. You'll work with an academic advisor to help develop your individual plan
of study. Choose classes from the following areas:
Criminal Justice Studies
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.
Flexible Pre-Law Program
With UND's Pre-Law Program, you'll earn the tools necessary to be successful in law
school while earning a degree in your field of choice Law schools do not require any
particular major. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline.
Traditional majors of law school applicants include:
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 Courses You Could Take
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, even years.
PHIL 342. Advanced Ethics. 3 Credits.
This course will examine contemporary (20th and 21st century) ethical theories as well as moral problems affecting societies around the world. Topics may include human rights, sexual ethics, ethical consumerism, and ways in which science and technology have affected moral deliberation and judgment. S, odd years.
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).
COMM 110. Fundamentals of Public Speaking. 3 Credits.
The theory and practice of public speaking with emphasis on content, organization, language, delivery, and critical evaluation of messages. Additional emphasis on student performance stressing original thinking, effective organization, and direct communication of ideas. F,S,SS.
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.
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