Re: Grand Forks and UND
I saw your profile on Law School Numbers -- U of Wash. is awesome!
1. WEATHER - Be prepared for some very cold winters! Unlike the mild climate of WA, North Dakota is bitterly cold. UND, however, has convenient skywalks and tunnels connecting many of the buildings (so you can avoid the frigid outdoors). The summers can be quite warm -- so find an apartment that has heating and AC!
2. REPUTATION - The law school has an excellent reputation in the region. Keep in mind that the school only received approx. 430 applications (according to the USNews 2007 rankings). I think a lot of prospective law students overlook UND simply because of its location. However, UND grads find very good jobs in government and private practice.
3. ACCESS - UND law is small (only 200 students total and about 80 incoming 1Ls for 2006-07). That said, as a student you are given every opportunity to succeed. Law Review is open to everyone, student-exchanges to Oslo, Norway (really fun!) are open to everyone, mooting competitions are open to everyone, Legal Services, etc. UND Law students are like extended family - you will become close friends with your entire 1L class!
4. JOBS - Since UND is the only law school in the state, you can land some really good jobs with the State Attorney's Office, etc. The law school has close connections to the Supreme Court of North Dakota and the Eighth Circuit. Both courts occasionally hold hearings in UND's official court room. Indeed, the school will help you land a job.
5. ACTIVITIES - UND is home to the most expensive hockey arena in the US (and most likely the world). At $100 million dollars, the Ralph Engelstad arena is home to UND's hockey team. It's as if the university has its own 'quasi' NHL team! Other activities include mountain biking (lots of trails in the area) and hiking.
6. TRAVEL - Since you live in WA, the typical route is Seattle->Minneapolis->Grand Forks. I think all inbound flights go through Minneapolis -- with commuter service to Grand Forks. UND/Grand Forks is also accessible by train.
Let me know if you have any other questions about UND or North Dakota.