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Concordia U Plans to Open New Law School in Boise, Idaho

Posted Jul 17, 2008 4:22 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The capital city of Idaho will have at least one law school in the foreseeable future, as a private Oregon-based university makes formal plans to create one and a state university apparently may see its future there, too.

Concordia University, a private Lutheran school, indicates in a statement from its president posted on its website yesterday that it plans to go ahead with the law school project. In a separate post, it seeks to hire a law school dean.

"Boise is one of the few cities its size without a law school, but in recent months both this Portland-based school and the University of Idaho have announced plans to change that," writes the Idaho Statesman. Concordia's board of regents approved the Boise law school plan yesterday, the newspaper reports, subject to funding and the hiring of a dean.

Although the university must still raise needed capital, Charles Schlimpert, Concordia's president, says most of the $7-$10 million it will initially cost has already been raised from private donors in the Boise area, reports the Associated Press.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Up to 10 New Law Schools Planned; How Many Are Too Many?"

Associated Press: "University of Idaho plans for Boise law school could cost $6 million annually"

Associated Press (2007): "Portland's Concordia considers opening law school in Boise"

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