Concordia law school to close in August

Concordia University will close its Boise law school in August.

The law school’s parent institution, Concordia University-Portland, is shuttering as well. Law school administrators had hoped to move the school under the umbrella of Concordia University, St. Paul, but negotiations with the Minnesota-based institution fell through.

“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 in a news release Thursday.

The law school had opened in 2012. Last fall’s class of 89 first-year students was the largest in school history. The school received American Bar Association accreditation in 2019.

Concordia will modify its “teachout” plan to accommodate existing students, and submit the new plan to the ABA for review. Concordia’s admissions team will work with students who were planning to enroll this fall, to help them find another law school.


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