University of Idaho College of Law

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University of Idaho College of Law
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Parent school University of Idaho
Established 1909 (1909), 107 years ago
School type Public
Dean Mark L. Adams
Location Moscow, Idaho, U.S.
46°43′41″N 117°00′58″W / 46.728°N 117.016°W / 46.728; -117.016Coordinates: 46°43′41″N 117°00′58″W / 46.728°N 117.016°W / 46.728; -117.016
Enrollment 343
Faculty 40
USNWR ranking Tier 3, Ranked # 127/203 ABA accredited law schools[1]
Bar pass rate 65.1% (2014)
ABA profile UI College of Law Profile

The University of Idaho College of Law is the law school of the University of Idaho, with its main location in Moscow. The school has also established a second and third-year option in Boise[2] and is in the approval process for a first year by fall of 2017. The College of Law was established in 1909, and its graduates tend to dominate the legal market in the state.

The UI College of Law has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1914 and has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1925. In 2014, the US News & World Report ranked Idaho Law at # 127/203 ABA accredited law schools in its annual law school rankings.[1]

The College of Law in fall of 2015 had an enrollment of around 343 students, with an entering first-year class of 105 students. As a public law school, new students hail from across Idaho and 18 different states and foreign countries. Over 70 undergraduate colleges and universities are represented.

The college offers four areas of emphasis: Native American Law; Natural Resources and Environmental Law; Business Law and Entrepreneurship; and Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

The college has recently opened its Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center in Boise.[3] The Boise second and third-year option accommodates approximately 35 students,[4] which began third-year classes in 2010[5] and a second-year in 2014.[6] Plans are currently in place to begin first-year instruction in 2017.[7] The University of Idaho College of Law is the only A.B.A. accredited law school in the state.

According to Idaho Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 54.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[8]


For the 2015 incoming class, the 25th/75th percentile LSAT range was 147/155 and the GPA range was 2.94/3.44.[9]

Bar passage rate & job placement[edit]

According to Idaho Law's 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 68.3% of the Class of 2014 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[8] UI College of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 18.8%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[10]

For the class of 2012, about 40% of Idaho graduates had employment commitments at graduation (before taking the bar examination), and 96.1% were employed in any profession or position within nine months of graduation or pursuing additional graduate degrees.[11] Among those employed, 37% were employed in private practice, 24 percent in judicial clerkships, and 30% percent in government or public interest law. The average starting salary was $51,079.[12]

In 2015, the College of Law was recognized by National Jurist Magazine as a Best Value Law School.[13]

The Idaho bar examination passage rate was 65.1 percent for test takers on the July 2014 exam.[14]

Tuition and costs[edit]

Tuition and fees for Idaho residents are $17,230 per year for the 2015-16 academic year, while non-resident tuition is $42,584.[15] The criteria for determining residency status, and for acquiring residency status, are established by law and are available on the University of Idaho website. Absence from the state to attend a post-secondary school elsewhere does not, by itself, result in loss of residency status.[16]

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $122,572 for residents and $176,777 for non-residents.[17]



The curriculum is based on traditional law courses and includes pro bono work (law-related public service), several legal clinics, externships with either federal or state courts, internships with private law firms or public organizations, and a semester-in-practice program offered, in addition to the third-year program, in the state capital, Boise. The curriculum is comprehensive; it includes emphases in Natural Resources & Environmental Law and in Native American Law, with developing emphases in Litigation & Dispute Resolution and in Business Law & Entrepreneurism.


The current law school building opened in the fall of 1973,[18] and was named in 1984 for former dean Albert R. Menard, Jr. (1918–93).[19] While he was dean (1967–78), enrollment (and faculty) tripled and the new building was conceived and constructed. The college was formerly housed in the south wing of the Administration Building. Menard stepped down as dean in 1978 and taught for six additional years until his retirement.



  1. ^ a b University of Idaho. "University of Idaho | Best Law School | US News". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Moscow and Boise". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  3. ^ UI Law Boise Program
  4. ^ the Associated Press. "University of Idaho law school expands to Boise". 
  5. ^ Tarinelli, Ryan (May 2, 2013). "Second-year struggles — University of Idaho law school’s move to Boise hits funding road blocks". Argonaut (Moscow, Idaho). University of Idaho. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (June 2014). "UI law school's Boise expansion wins ABA approval, opens in August". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Idaho State Board of Education Resolution: To authorize UI to expand its offerings in Boise to a full third-year curriculum and to include a legislative appropriation in the FY 2010 budget for this expansion. The Regents recognize the statewide mission of UI for legal education. UI is instructed to re-visit the issue of funding and support for a full dual location model, including a full three (3) year branch curriculum in Boise, to continue collaboration with the Idaho Supreme Court on the Idaho Law Learning Center with respect to those programs to be delivered in Boise, and to return to the Regents for further discussion.
  8. ^ a b "Employment Statistics". 
  9. ^ "2014 Fact Sheet". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  10. ^ "University of Idaho Profile". 
  11. ^ [1] Archived September 11, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ [2] Archived July 14, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ March 2008 Issue, p. 26 "Where Do Public Interest Lawyers Go?"
  14. ^ "Bar Exam Statistics - Idaho State Bar". 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  15. ^ "Costs and Fees". 
  16. ^ University of Idaho Registrar's Office
  17. ^ "University of Idaho Profile". 
  18. ^ "Special Collections: Campus Buildings, Law Building". University of Idaho Library. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ Khan, Nahid (March 12, 1993). "Former UI law dean Menard dies at 74". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 3A. 

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