Video: Concordia Opens Doors to Boise's First-Ever Law School

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Dick Fields, chairman of the Advisory Council for Concordia School of Law, congratulates law school dean Cathy Silak while Boise Mayor Dave Bieter looks on.
  • Talyn Brumley
  • Dick Fields, chairman of the Advisory Council for Concordia School of Law, congratulates law school Dean Cathy Silak while Boise Mayor Dave Bieter looks on.

Officials with Lutheran-affiliated Concordia University cut the ribbon to officially swing open the doors of the new school of law at 501 W. Front St.

Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1. Approximately 75 to 95 students are expected to be accepted into the law school's first semester in the fall of 2012. Concordia will offer a three-year juris doctorate program in Boise, including mentorship and internship programs. Additionally, a part-time program will be offered in evening classes.

"The Legacy Mentorship program establishes a one-on-one relationship between a student and practicing attorney or judge," said Silak. "We are trying to establish strong ties with the local community, including both attorneys and judges."

Silak said while Concordia currently has no official affiliation with Boise State or the University of Idaho, she hoped to offer joint degree programs in the future.

"We are hoping to recruit students from Boise State and many of the area schools," said Silak. "That way, the students would have their bachelor degrees before attending Concordia."

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