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 third year 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. In the classroom, this means taking classes from federal judges, studying legislation that is being debated a few blocks away in the State Capitol, and getting the inside scoop from prominent guest speakers. In 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. In the community, this means rubbing shoulders with state leaders, attending lunch meetings with prominent attorneys, and networking with your future clients.

Come find out what the Boise 3rd Year 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 cost. Students have attended the Idaho State Bar’s annual convention in both Sun Valley and Boise, 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 are joining Idaho State Bar (ISB) sections (such as the Intellectual Property section, the Business & Corporate law section, and the Young Lawyers section) and attending 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 you with 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 law school’s Boise Campus, making it easier for students to become involved with that group and meet lawyers.  who are just starting out their legal careers and have helpful advice for job searching and searching for job satisfaction. Students also are encouraged to join other groups of legal professionals that hold meetings in Boise and throughout southern Idaho, including the Idaho Women Lawyers Association, 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. Students also have representatives from the court and law firms come to the Boise Campus to visit 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.

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.