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American Bar Association Grants Full Approval to Concordia Law

Decision Affirms Concordia’s Commitment to Providing Top Quality Legal Education

BOISE, Idaho — Concordia University School of Law Dean Elena Langan announced on Friday that the American Bar Association has granted full approval as part of its accreditation process to the Boise-based law school.

The ABA, the federally approved organization responsible for setting and enforcing the standards and criteria for law schools nationwide, made its decision official in a letter to Concordia University-Portland, the Idaho State Board of Education, the U.S. Department of Education and state supreme courts nationwide.

"This is terrific news for the university, its faculty, the students and alumni of Concordia University School of Law," said Dean Elena Langan. "We have been working diligently toward this goal for several years and earning full accreditation by the ABA underscores our deep commitment to providing quality legal education and graduating students who not only become excellent attorneys, but leaders in their communities."

Concordia University-Portland Interim President Johnnie Driessner added: "Full approval by the American Bar Association strengthens and affirms the university’s commitment to prepare caring legal professionals who display humility, courage, and faith."

Concordia University-Portland announced in 2007 plans to open a law school in Boise. In 2012, Concordia University Law School welcomed its inaugural class of 75 students, making it the first law school in Idaho’s capital city. The ABA awarded provisional accreditation in 2015 and law school officials have been working since to meet ABA standards and criteria as part of the approval process subject to all law schools.

As part of its review, the ABA considers a wide range of factors, from graduation rates and admission standards to faculty retention. In recent years, Concordia Law has excelled among law schools in the region for bar passage and graduate employment rates.

Last year, Concordia achieved a 90.9 percent overall bar passage rate for students taking the February 2018 exam, a rate well above the overall state average of 69.4 percent. Concordia also has the top employment rate in the state for students after graduation. For the last two years, National Jurist, in its preLaw magazine, has ranked Concordia Law among its Top 10 for value among private law schools based on student debt, bar passage and employment rates.

ABOUT CONCORDIA LAW

Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, is part of Concordia University, a nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university based in Portland, Ore., with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University-Portland serves approximately 6,000 students on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, School of Management and School of Law. For more about Concordia University, visit www.cu-portland.edu. Concordia University School of Law and the George R. White Law Library opened with its inaugural class of students in fall of 2012. For more information visit https://law.cu-portland.edu.

Concordia University School of Law is fully 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.