Since its founding in 1909, the University of Idaho College of Law has produced more than 4,500 graduates. Their impact has been far-reaching, but is particularly resonant in the State of Idaho.
Governor Otter proclaimed 2009 as "University of Idaho College of Law Recognition Year.” The College of Law, like the state of Idaho, has changed much since its founding, producing over 4,500 graduates over the last 100 years.
The College of Law is proud of the contributions, both big and small, our alumni have made to the development of our state and to the administration of justice. In recognition of these contributions, we would like to take time to celebrate you, our graduates and friends, and thank you for the legacy of leading you have helped us establish.
Dean Burnett shared highlights of the College’s 100-year history and providing a look ahead as we embark on a bold path to fulfill the statewide mission bestowed upon us by the Idaho State Board of Education.
"Fulfilling our statewide mission is the only way to secure the future viability of our legal education program in Moscow," said Burnett. "Legal education in Idaho’s capital city is inevitable."
"The University of Idaho must maintain its statewide leadership by providing affordable public legal education in Boise as an extension of our program anchored in Moscow," said Burnett. "The Moscow program will continue to provide a general legal education and will draw upon its connections with the rest of the university to provide specialized instruction in natural resources and environmental law, Native American law, public lands, and water law – topics of vital importance to Idaho’s future."
The College of Law was recognized as one of the nation’s top ten values in legal education by National Jurist magazine, in its September 2009 edition. The ranking is based upon cost of attendance, employment opportunities and bar examination pass rate. The College also is nationally known for its clinical legal education, pro bono service, diversity initiatives, and cross-disciplinary fields of study, including environmental and natural resources law, business law and entrepreneurship, advocacy and dispute resolution, and Native American law.