College of Law students on steps of Capital builing in Boise.

Engaged Learning in Boise

University of Idaho law students have a unique opportunity to spend their second and third years of law school in Boise–Idaho’s center of law, government, business, and urban development. With approximately 54 percent of Idaho attorneys located in the Treasure Valley region around Boise, the possibilities for an engaged legal education are limitless. This means taking classes from federal judges, studying legislation being debated a few blocks away in the State Capitol, and getting the inside scoop from prominent guest speakers. As for clinical and externship opportunities, this means advising start-up companies, representing clients in tax disputes, collaborating with local government, handling criminal cases and trials, and working with in-house counsel. And in the community, this means rubbing shoulders with state leaders, attending lunch meetings with prominent attorneys, and networking with future clients.

Come find out what the Boise Program can do for you.

Networking Opportunities

Students in the Boise Program are often invited to attend events with lawyers and judges at no cost, or for a reduced fee. Students have attended the Idaho State Bar’s annual convention in both Sun Valley and Boise, they have been included in the Federal Courts’ Bench and Bar Conference in Boise, have joined a Fourth District Bench and Bar luncheon in Boise, and have participated in several subject-specific legal education courses taught by local judges and attorneys, such as a DUI seminar or an intellectual property “dos and don’ts.” Additionally, students can join Idaho State Bar (ISB) sections, such as the Intellectual Property section, the Business and Corporate law section, and the Young Lawyers section, and can attend meetings with practitioners who work in a subject-matter field.

Professional Groups

The possibilities for networking are endless, and we make it easy for you by providing details about these events and information about how to register for a course or join an association. The Young Lawyers’ section of the ISB meets regularly at the College of Law Boise Campus, which makes it easier for students to become involved with that group and to meet lawyers. Students are also encouraged to join other groups of legal professionals that hold meetings in Boise and throughout southern Idaho, including the Idaho Women Lawyers’ Association, Idaho State Bar Diversity Section, Idaho Association of Trial Lawyers, and Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Guest Speakers

Students in externships participate in classes throughout the Treasure Valley, going off-campus to a variety of law firms, courts, and agencies to hear guest speakers and see a variety of law practices. For example, students have attended classes at the federal and state courts, the Canyon County courthouse, local law firms, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, the Juvenile Corrections Center, a criminal law firm, and the Idaho Legislative History Research Library. Representatives from the court and law firms also come to the Boise Campus to visit and talk about careers and best practices for lawyers. These speakers have included partners at several law firms, federal and state judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, and police officers.  Speakers in the 2014-15 academic year classes include:

  • Cally Younger, Counsel to the Governor, State of Idaho
  • Dennis Stevenson, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Idaho Department of Administration
  • Laurel Sayer, Director, Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts and former Regional Director, U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson
  • Mike Edmondson, Program Manager, Idaho Office of Species Conservation
  • Wade Brown, Natural Resource and Conservation Service Easement Coordinator
  • Will Whelan, Director of Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy
  • Drew McCandless, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Brian Buckham, Senior Counsel, Idaho Power Company
  • Dick Rubin, Executive Director, Federal Defenders of Idaho
  • Wendy Olson, United States Attorney for the District of Idaho
  • Hon. Candy W. Dale, Chief United States Magistrate Judge, District of Idaho
  • Lawrence Wasden, Attorney General of the state of Idaho
  • Patricia R. Highley, Senior Securities Analyst, Idaho Department of Finance

Mock Interviews with Attorneys and Judges

Going beyond the ever-important networking and learning about practical substantive legal issues, students have participated in mock interviews with attorneys and judges in the Treasure Valley who have experience with interviewing and hiring young lawyers.