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Boise’s Concordia law school changes course, will close campus

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Boise’s Concordia University School of Law said it will close permanently at the end of the summer term as part of the closure of Concordia University-Portland.

The law school signed a letter of intent to transfer to Concordia St. Paul to keep the University open but “were unable to consummate the transaction,” according to a press release sent out by the law school.

“We are absolutely heartbroken for our prospective and current students, our alumni, our faculty and staff, and our supporters and donors who have worked so hard over the last eight years to build a law school up from scratch,” Interim Dean Latonia Haney Keith said.

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Concordia Law is working on a teach-out plan to submit to the American Bar Association (ABA) to find a way for students to complete their education. The law school plans to find each student a new path for legal education.

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In 2012 Concordia Law had its first official class. In August it reported its highest incoming class at 89 students. Concordia Law earned ABA accreditation in 2019, is ranked among the most affordable law schools, and is one of three law schools nationally that for two consecutive years posted a 100% ultimate bar pass rate, according to the press release.

Concordia’s most recent graduating class provided 4,614 hours of pro bono legal services.

“Put simply, our closure leaves a significant gap in access to justice in this community,” she said.

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Autum Robertson
Autum is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Ketchum, McCall and general news. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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