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Schools Offering Law Programs in North Dakota

Around 1.5% of North Dakota's graduates graduate from law degree programs every year. That means an estimated 268 law professionals graduate from North Dakota's 9 law schools each year.

Top Schools

University of Mary, which is located in Bismarck, is the top-ranked school in North Dakota that has a law program. It received a ranking of 44th in the country in 2010. 5 students graduated with a degree in law from University of Mary in 2010. Tuition at University of Mary was $13,024 per year.

Minot State University, which is located in Minot, is the second-ranked school in North Dakota that has a law program. It received a ranking of 48th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Minot State University graduated 39 students from its law program. Tuition at Minot State University was $5,637 per year.

The third-ranked school in North Dakota with a law program is University of North Dakota, which is located in Grand Forks. In 2010, it was ranked 67th nationwide. 139 students graduated with degree in law from University of North Dakota in 2010. The tuition rate at University of North Dakota was $6,934 per year.


Tuition at North Dakota's law schools ranges from $13,560 per year to $2,000 per year. But, the average tuition is $6,230 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at North Dakota law schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Rasmussen College-North Dakota - located in Fargo, students are charged $13,560 per year
  2. University of Mary - located in Bismarck, students are charged $13,024 per year
  3. University of North Dakota - located in Grand Forks, students are charged $6,934 per year

The law schools in North Dakota that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Turtle Mountain Community College - located in Belcourt, students are charged $2,000 per year
  2. Bismarck State College - located in Bismarck, students are charged $3,356 per year
  3. Sitting Bull College - located in Fort Yates, students are charged $3,810 per year

A law degree from a North Dakota school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs law graduates in North Dakota pursue include law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal. If you decide to work as a law professional in North Dakota, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 2,680 North Dakota law professional as of 2010. This number includes 630 lawyers, 60 law clerks, and 70 administrative judges. In North Dakota, the largest numbers of law professional work in the following counties:

  1. Clay County - 840 law professionals
  2. Burleigh County - 830 law professionals
  3. Polk County - 330 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of law professionals in the state of North Dakota will grow to 4,590. This would require a 8% growth in the field.


On average, law professionals earn $53,189 per year. However, this number is only an average. Law professional in North Dakota had varying salaries from $18,040 to $128,500 per year in 2010. The counties in North Dakota with the highest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Bottineau County - $51,863 per year
  2. Clay County - $51,156 per year
  3. Polk County - $49,378 per year

The following counties in North Dakota have the lowest average salaries for law professional:

  1. Barnes County - $33,650 per year
  2. Adams County - $37,508 per year
  3. Nelson County - $39,663 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in North Dakota were:

  1. Judge - $107,490 per year
  2. Lawyer - $81,180 per year
  3. Administrative Judge - $71,030 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in North Dakota were:

  1. Legal Assistant - $31,840 per year
  2. Bailiff - $22,550 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional North Dakota statistics regarding a career in law. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in North Dakota
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in North Dakota
  • Master's Degree in Law in North Dakota
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in North Dakota
  • Certificate in Law in North Dakota

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers n/a $44,280
Lawyers 630 $81,180 -6.0%
Legal Secretaries 580 $31,840 -15.9%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 310 $68,830 72.2%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 270 $40,950 17.4%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 260 $32,660 18.2%
Bailiffs 200 $22,550 25.0%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 160 $43,350 -11.1%
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 90 $107,490 28.6%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 70 $71,030 40.0%
Judicial Law Clerks 60 $42,650
Fish and Game Wardens 50 $51,460 66.7%

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