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University of Idaho College of Law

We are passionate about what we do, and we want you to be too. Our small size - approximately 350 students - encourages personal mentorship from excellent faculty members who care about your academic and professional success. You'll form lifelong friendships with students from around the world, and you'll establish a professional network that will follow you throughout your career. To top it all off, we are widely recognized as one of the best values in legal education in the U.S. With tuition and fees lower than many other law programs, we help you maximize your investment by offering a quality education at an affordable cost.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 344
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.94 - 3.52
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 78.56%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92.3%
In State Tuition $15,036
Out of State Tuition $27,824

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About University of Idaho College of Law

We are passionate about what we do, and we want you to be too. Our small size - approximately 350 students - encourages personal mentorship from excellent faculty members who care about your academic and professional success. You'll form lifelong friendships with students from around the world, and you'll establish a professional network that will follow you throughout your career. To top it all off, we are widely recognized as one of the best values in legal education in the U.S. With tuition and fees lower than many other law programs, we help you maximize your investment by offering a quality education at an affordable cost.

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A “great value,” University of Idaho College of Law is a small yet affordable place to get a JD Citing the school’s strong regional ties and low in-state tuition, students declare, “If one wants to practice law in Idaho especially, going to UofI makes sense from an educational and financial standpoint.” With a total enrollment of about 350, students benefit from a surprisingly small and intimate campus environment. A 2L explains, “Even though this is a public institution, I feel like I get as much attention as if I paid more and went to a private law school. My professors’ doors are always open.” A first-year student adds, “All five of my professors knew my name by the end of my first week. Most of them sincerely care about our success and are happy to answer questions about life after law school.” When it comes to their pedagogical skills, “There are some very good professors and some very poor professors” at UI. However, faculty members are generally accomplished in their fields and “bring a lot of experience” to the classroom. In fact, “For being in a relatively small town, we have faculty from very diverse back­grounds who could definitely teach at more prestigious universities.” In that regard, the University of Idaho experience is deeply influenced by its location in the small town of Moscow. Far from the capital in Boise, “The campus and community are very isolated,” and some students feel that “the school could improve in diversity and the welcoming of diverse people and diverse viewpoints,” both within the student body and within the faculty. It is important to note that qualified students may take classes at the satellite campus in Boise in their third year if they so choose. Fortunately, with the concerted effort of the administration, “There are still some very good speakers and events that come through here.” Academically, the school specializes in environmental law, Native American law, busi­ness and entrepreneurship, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Students would like to see a greater emphasis on real-world skills, complaining that a number of professors “work too much with theory and not enough with practical application” in the classroom. Fortunately, the school offers “a plethora of opportunities to gain practical legal skills” through clinics, and “the administration also does an excellent job in getting internship opportunities for the students.” When it comes to the job hunt, “career ser­vices is understaffed” (the size of the staff has tripled for 2013) and the largest in-state job market in Boise is far away, but, despite these obstacles, graduates have a lot going for them. A boon to anyone hoping to practice in the region, UI is “the only law school in the state (accredited). That means all the law firms and courts are packed with our graduates and they protect the opportunities for our students.” For those who’d like to practice further afield, “the administration is good at recognizing that there are a lot of students that want to practice out of state, so they cater to that diversity in instruction and events we host.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 118

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Dual JD/MS/PhD in Water Resources (Law, Management, and Policy): JD/MS 8 semesters, PhD varies; Dual JD/MS Environmental Science: 8 semesters; Dual JD/Professional Masters of Science: 8 semesters; Dual JD/MS Accountancy: 8 semesters; Dual JD/MS Accountancy, Taxation Emphasis (offered in conjunction with Boise State University): 8 semesters. JD/MS Bioregional Planning and Community Design: 8 semesters

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Environmental
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 57
Full-Time Faculty 24
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 26
Faculty Gender 57% Male
42% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 60% Male
40% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 82%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $15,036 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,278 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $24,314 $15,036

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,824 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,278 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $37,102 $27,824

Financial Aid

100% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of Idaho College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 156
LSAT Total 149 - 156

University of Idaho College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.94 - 3.52
Total 2.94 - 3.52

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Resume, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Interview

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 79%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 29 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 2 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 2%
Business Industry 14 15%
Government 13 14%
Public Interest 4 4%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 15 16%
Academia 2 2%
Unknown Employer Type 2 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 4 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
UT 6%
WA 9%
ID 65%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Idaho College of Law include:

  • Nancy Morris - Former Secretary of the Securities & Exchange Commission
  • James A. McClure - Former United States Senator
  • Frank Shrontz - Former CEO and Chairman of the Boeing Co.
  • Georgia Yuan - Deputy Under Secretary of Education
  • Linda Copple Trout - Past Chief Justice, Idaho Supreme Court

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