The University of Idaho College of Law is entering its second century of providing quality, affordable public legal education to Idaho. The college’s centennial occurs at a time when the state is experiencing fundamental change. Significant population growth has led to changes in the demographics and economic development of Idaho. Consider that:
- Idaho’s population has doubled since 1973.
- Boise has grown into a metropolitan city with a population of more than 600,000 and stands as the state’s center of commerce and government.
- The statewide demand for legal expertise to support economic development, administration of criminal and civil justice, and services needed by Idaho families continues to rise.
In response, the College of Law has established the Second Century Initiative in an effort to meet Idaho's increasing demand for quality, affordable public legal education.
In furtherance of the Initiative, a Boise based Third Year Program received confirmation from the American Bar Association. As reported previously in "First Monday," the third-year program in Boise was thoroughly reviewed by the ABA before the program commenced operation in August, 2010.
Second Century Initiative: Expansion to Boise
In August 2008, the Idaho State Board of Education authorized the establishment of a third-year College of Law program in Boise. The program allows 30 law or so students per year to complete their third year of studies in Boise. The College is now seeking ABA acquiescence for a second-year program.
Additionally, the College of Law is collaborating with the Idaho Supreme Court on the “Idaho Law Learning Center.” The proposed Idaho Law Learning Center will include the Idaho State Law Library shared by the College of Law, its faculty and students, the Supreme Court, and its law clerks and court staff, legislators, members of the bar, and the general public. In addition, it would include education and training classrooms for shared use by the law school, courts, libraries, and other public groups, to include state-of-the-art distance learning and online learning capabilities, faculty and staff offices, work centers, and requisite office, gathering, and storage spaces.
Learn more about the Second Century Initiative.