When did Concordia University School of Law open?
Our first class of students enrolled in August 2012.
Where is the law school located?
Concordia University School of Law is located in the core of downtown Boise at 501 West Front Street. In close proximity to the largest concentration of the state's law firms, attorneys, and legal institutions, our location provides law students with excellent opportunities to engage with mentors and participate in pro bono service, externships, and internships.
Why is the School of Law unranked in the latest US News & World Report 2017 Law School Rankings?
US News & World Report has chosen to rank only fully approved law schools. Once the School of Law receives its full approval from the American Bar Association, it will be evaluated for a ranking by US News & World Report.
Is the law school private?
Concordia University is a liberal arts, Lutheran university based in Portland, Oregon with an enrollment of more than 5,400 students. The law school is located on a satellite campus in Boise, Idaho. We are a non-profit, private university.
Is Concordia a for-profit school?
No, Concordia University School of Law is NOT a for-profit school. We are a non-profit, private Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.
How many students are enrolled at Concordia University School of Law?
Approximately 100 students.
What is the student profile?
Approximately sixty percent of enrolled students received LSAT scores of 150 or higher with an average student UGPA over 3.1. Among our 2016 incoming class, 27.6% identify themselves as minority students and 6 states are represented.
Does Concordia University School of Law award scholarships?
Yes. All candidates admitted for Fall 2017 will receive a $15,000 grant (divided over three years of study) and will be considered for additional academic excellence scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $14,000 per year. Learn more about scholarships and grants.
Can veterans receive benefits?
Yes. Concordia is state certified to award veteran benefits. Fifteen percent of enrolled students are veterans. Concordia University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
Where is the application?
Our application is available online. To begin the application you will log in to LSAC using your JD account L Number.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Concordia University is accredited by the NWCCU and authorized to award federal financial aid. Begin the process online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our FAFSA code is 003191. To help you budget for law school, you may contact our office of admission for an estimate of your expected scholarships, grants, and loans.
What are some important deadlines?
- Early Application: November 15, 2016
- Priority Application: February 15, 2017
- Rolling Admission until August 1, 2017
- For all other academic deadlines, please see the academic calendar.
Are there options available for working professionals?
Yes. We offer both full-time and part-time scheduling options.
When will classes be offered?
Most law school classes are scheduled in the afternoon and evening. View more details on courses and class schedules here.
What are Concordia's JD requirements?
For a full list of requirements, please see the application instructions page.
Is there an online program?
No. Concordia University School of Law will offer all classes at the downtown Boise campus.
How much will one year of tuition cost?
Tuition for the 2016-17, based on attending full-time and taking 30 credits, is $29,250 per year and part-time tuition based on 24 credits is $23,400. Learn about scholarship and grant opportunities here.
Does Concordia participate in the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)?
Yes. Idaho is one of 25 states that currently participate in the UBE. Please see UBE website for more information.
How long does it take to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree?
For students attending full-time, the accumulation of the required 90 credit hours can typically be achieved in three years, excluding summers. Part-time students attending year-round can graduate in four years.
Does Concordia have specializations?
Concordia University School of Law does not offer specialized concentrations, per se. Instead, our students specialize through our mentorship program and elective course offerings. For instance, students may be paired with a mentor in their specific field of interest in order to introduce them to that area of the law and begin networking from day one. The elective offerings at Concordia provide the law school with the opportunity to bring in part-time faculty members with expertise in a specific field of interest to teach our students. Learning from these legal experts helps our students expand their legal horizons.
Is Concordia accredited?
Concordia University School of Law is provisionally approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.
Standard 102 (a) of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools states the following in regards to granting provisional approval and the process for receiving full approval:
The Council shall grant provisional approval to a law school if at the time the school seeks such approval it demonstrates that it has achieved substantial compliance with the Standards and presents a reliable plan for bringing the law school into full compliance with each of the Standards within three years after receiving provisional approval. In order to demonstrate that it has a reliable plan to come into full compliance with the Standards within three years after receiving provisional approval, a law school must clearly state the specific actions that it plans to take to bring the school into full compliance and demonstrate that there is a reasonable probability that such actions will be successful. A provisionally approved law school may apply for full approval no earlier than two years after receiving provisional approval and must obtain full approval within five years after receiving provisional approval.
In the State of Idaho, only graduates from ABA provisionally approved or ABA fully approved law schools may sit for the bar exam. Concordia University School of Law received its provisional approval from the ABA in June 2015. The earliest Concordia Law may apply for ABA full approval is June 2017, with it being achieved no later than June 2020.
Further questions concerning the ABA approval process may be directed to:
ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 988-6738
Fax: (312) 988-5681
Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The school of law is authorized by the Idaho State Board of Education to award the J.D. degree.