These student organizations offer an opportunity for political science and public administration students to network and gain valuable experiences.
Political Science & Public Administration Supported Student Organizations
Mock trial in a fun opportunity to learn trial procedures while practicing a case
and taking rolls as attorneys or witnesses. The team travels out of state to compete
against other teams and sharpen their skills! Mock trial is open to all majors and
meets weekly based on the team members’ availability.
Dr. Benjamin Kassow, Mock Trial Advisor
The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association provides social and cultural opportunities
for its members, as well as preparing future leaders in the field of nonprofit leadership.
The NLSA focuses on community service and volunteerism in the Greater Grand Forks
Community. In addition to leadership, members are given the opportunity to develop
skills in working as a team.
Brian Urlacher, NLSA Advisor
The goal of PLS is to help students decide if they want to begin a legal career- they
don't have to know for certain that they want to be a lawyer to be in our organization,
and it is open to all majors! If students do decide to have a career in law, our aim
is to help them succeed on their way to law school with tours of the UND law school,
LSAT help, professional panels, events at the law school, and assistance with the
application process. We'll also do some casual hangouts just to get to know each other
and have fun!
Dr. Benjamin Kassow, Pre-Law Society Advisor
Public Affairs Club
The UND Public Affairs Club is a student organization open to all students who have an interest in political science, current events, and public policy. The organization coordinates socials, community events, and is closely affiliated with two other student groups.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the political science undergraduate honor society.
Model UN Student Group
UND Model UN Student Group participates in regional, national, and international Model
United Nations conferences.
Dr. Brian Urlacher, Public Affairs Club Advisor
Speech and Debate
Forensics (derived from the Latin word "forum," meaning to "speak publicly"), is a
group of dedicated students committed to the sport of competitive public speaking.
Speech and Debate is focused on competing against the best speakers in the region
and nation, as well as developing students' research, speaking abilities, and performances
for their future careers. We travel regionally and nationally to various tournaments
throughout the year.
Paul Sum, Speech and Debate Advisor