Concordia University sent officials from the school to Boise back in 2007 in order to find areas where they could begin a law school. It has taken five years but the university is scheduled to open the doors of the law school beginning on August 27 when it welcomes 71 registered students.
The school, to be known as Concordia University School of Law, will be the only private law school in Boise. Charles Schlimpert, the president of Concordia, said that the school will hopefully gain national attention. The reason Concordia chose Idaho for a law school is because of the demand for legal education in the southern portion of the state.
The university started with a goal of opening the law school with 75 registered students. Right now there are 71 and there is plenty of time left for more students to enroll before classes begin late in August. It costs $28,000 for full-time tuition but almost all students in the first class at the school will receive a $5,000-per-year grant to help cut costs. There are 16 employees at the law school, which includes staff and faculty. There are a couple of adjunct employees too. Concordia University spent over $10 million to buy, retrofit and expand a building with two stories. The school is 53,000 square feet.