If you want to attend 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 otherworldly volcanic landscapes for exploring. And you will not have to search far to find a law school as there's only one.
This article provides general information about the University of Idaho College of Law.
University of Idaho College of Law
UI Law has two locations: one 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 on either campus.
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 southwestern 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 one of the smallest law schools in the country, with an average student body of 300. The school prides itself on the student-to-faculty ratio, about 17:1 for the university overall. It is also one of the more affordable law schools in the country, with tuition of around $25,000 a year for Idaho residents.
The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a three-year program. The first-year program offers the standard courses you'd find at any law school:
- Civil Procedure
- Legal Writing
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Law
The second and third years will comprise required courses, electives, and 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 an attorney supervises the student.
The University of Idaho College of Law has three special emphasis areas:
- Business Law and Entrepreneurship (includes an optional Intellectual Property track)
- Native American Law
- Natural Resources and Environmental Law
They also offer concurrent degrees in areas of business and environmental studies.
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