If you want to go to law school in Idaho it won't all be about potatoes. You will find majestic mountains with incredible skiing, mighty rivers for white water rafting, and other worldly volcanic landscape for exploring. You will not have to search far to find the only law school in the state, the University of Idaho College of Law ("UI Law").
UI Law has two locations on in Boise and the other in Moscow (Idaho, not Russia). All students start their legal studies in Moscow and then have the option of completing their law degree in either Boise or Moscow.
Moscow is a small city in northern Idaho along the Washington border. Contrary to what you might think, Moscow was not named for the famous Russian city, but for Moscow, Pennsylvania. Moscow is a college town with the largest employer being the University of Idaho.
Boise, the capital of Idaho and the most populous city in the state, is located in the south western part of the state. Known as the "City of Trees," Boise sprawls on the banks of the Boise River. It is close to ski resorts and water recreation areas.
UI Law is among one of the smallest law schools in the country with an average student body of 300. The school prides itself on the faculty to student ratio. The school is one of the more affordable law schools in the country with a tuition falling below the mid-range point. According to U.S. News college ranking, UI Law borders on the second tier to third tier dividing line. The American Bar Association lists the school as one of its accredited schools. Bar pass rates vary from year to year, but from 2013 to 2015 they had an average pass rate of 72%.
The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a three year program. The first year program offers the standard courses:
- Civil Procedure,
- Legal Writing,
- Criminal Law and
- Constitutional Law
For the second and third years will be made up of required courses, electives and required experiential learning courses. The school also requires students to complete 50 hours of pro bono service before graduation. The pro bono requirement is rather unique in that it is not just work in a law clinic, but can be any case or project as long as the student is supervised by an attorney.
The University of Idaho College of Law has five special emphasis areas, which include Business Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Native American Law, and Environmental Law. The also offer concurrent degrees in areas of business and environmental studies.
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