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University of Idaho Will Introduce First-Year Law to Boise in 2017

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In a landmark announcement that some had been waiting decades for, the University of Idaho said today that it would add first-year law in Boise by Fall by 2017. Currently U of I law students must attend their first year in Moscow, with second- and third-year students having the option of completing their law degrees in Moscow or Boise.

But the U of I is slated to open its new Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center later this month in the former home of the old Ada County Courthouse across from the Idaho Statehouse. And with that, university officials are poised to offer a full option of beginning and completing a law degree at a public university in the Treasure Valley.

“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," said U of I dean of the College of Law Mark Adams in a prepared announcement Thursday. "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.”

Meanwhile, Concordia University has just completed its third year of operating a private law school in Boise, and held its first commencement earlier this month.