Thinking About Going To Law School? Boise Now Has Two Options

Aug 16, 2017

The University of Idaho’s Boise law school welcomes its first class of first-year students for orientation this week. The school has enrolled about the same number of students for both its Moscow and Treasure Valley location.

Previously, students could attend second and third-year classes in Boise, but had to start their education in Moscow. Law school dean Mark Adams says the decision to expand to Boise has been in the works for almost 20 years. He says a big reason behind that decision was:

“Recognizing that this is the governmental and business center of the state,” says Adams.

The dean says students have access to externships with state and federal offices, as well as the courts system in the state capital. But  U of I is not the only law school in town – Concordia University graduated their first class in 2015. Adams says U of I has a long history in the state, and will attract both locals and out-of-state students to their Boise campus.

“We’ve been around since 1909 so we’re competing far beyond the Treasure Valley area. We get roughly half of our students from outside of Idaho.”

About 60 students have enrolled for first-year classes in both Moscow and the capital city. Law classes will be held in the historic Ada County Courthouse in downtown Boise.

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