The Legacy Begins
The vision for a comprehensive law school in Boise, Idaho first developed in discussions between Concordia University and civic leaders from Idaho in late 2007. Within the year, the university presented a plan to develop the law school which would reflect the traditions and culture of Concordia University. In February 2008, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Nafzger wrote a piece called "A Law School in Boise - Why Concordia?" By April 2008, the Concordia University Board of Regents authorized President Charles E. Schlimpert to move forward with preliminary planning and to commence a national search for a dean.
In December 2008, Cathy R. Silak was appointed to the position of dean at the law school and she immediately appointed a remarkable assembly of area lawyers, educators, and business leaders to serve as a Dean's Advisory Council and help chart the course of the new law school.
In May 2010, the current downtown Boise site for the school was purchased and construction began following a groundbreaking ceremony on June 22, 2010.
The law school building opened in the fall of 2011 and began offering continuing legal education classes to the Boise legal community. The law school welcomed its first class of law students in the fall of 2012.