The Idaho State Board of Education (University of Idaho Board of Regents) voted on August 21, 2008 to authorize the establishment in Boise of a full third-year law program and to seek legislative funding for the program. The State Board office has now submitted to the governor, as part of the higher education appropriations package, a request for $926,000 in recurrent funding for the law program. The request would support the creation of additional faculty and staff positions; operating funds for the program; and expansion of the College of Law library, including integration with the Idaho State Law Library as part of the College’s collaboration with the Idaho Supreme Court in an “Idaho Law Learning Center.” The College also is exploring funding alternatives for continued improvement of the Menard Law Building in Moscow.
The third-year program, if and when operational, would enable approximately 30 students per year to pursue a full academic year of studies in Boise. The program would subsume the College’s existing semester-in-practice program in Boise, which already attracts up to a dozen students each year. The law faculty is working on a third-year curricular content that will be relevant to needs and opportunities in the capital city while also complementing the full three-year curriculum at the main campus in Moscow.
Authorization of a third-year program in Boise is one aspect of a multi-part motion passed by the State Board on August 21. The Board also directed the University of Idaho to revisit the proposal for a full-three year branch location in Boise, and to bring the dual location idea back to the Board for further discussion at a later date. The Board further instructed the College of Law to continue its collaboration with the Idaho Supreme Court on the “Idaho Law Learning Center” for Boise programs, and the Board expressly recognized the University of Idaho’s statewide mission in legal education. Further information about the College’s “second century” effort to fulfill the statewide mission is available from Dean Burnett (firstname.lastname@example.org