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College of Law to Add First-Year in Boise by Fall 2017

Thursday, August 13

MOSCOW, Idaho – Aug. 13, 2015 – The University of Idaho announced today that the College of Law plans to offer first-year classes to law students in Boise in the fall 2017. Classes will be taught at the new Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center (ILJLC), which opens Monday, Aug. 24.

Currently, all UI law students attend their first year of law school in Moscow. Second- and third-year students have the option of completing their educations in either Moscow or Boise. The addition of first-year classes in Boise will make a Juris Doctor degree fully available on either campus.

“We are thrilled to offer what we believe will be a world-class legal education at the ILJLC,” said Mark L. Adams, dean of the College of Law. “The first-year option in Boise has been part of our strategic vision all along, and the planning processes to make it a reality are officially beginning. It’s a lengthy process involving conversations and input from many important players, including our faculty, and the approvals of the Idaho State Board of Education and the American Bar Association.”

Housed in the historic Ada County Courthouse and home to the Idaho State Law Library, the newly completed ILJLC offers the resources, faculty expertise and opportunity to provide first-year law education to UI students in Boise.

“It is important to give our students a choice,” Adams said. “We have one outstanding law program, and with this dual-campus model, students will have more opportunities than a traditional law school offers. Providing options for students with different needs and wants sets UI’s College of Law apart. The first-year option in Boise is the exciting, final addition to our dual-campus model.”

The College of Law’s strategic vision calls for a collaborative group that can review data showing how legal education in Idaho should be delivered. During the fall of 2015, faculty will evaluate the results and make recommendations for how they see the College of Law in Moscow and Boise building upon its strengths and opportunities as it heads into the future.


Cindy Hollenbeck

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