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Concordia University School of Law Earns ABA Provisional Approval

Watch a special message from Concordia University School of Law Dean Cathy Silak.

Inaugural Graduates Celebrate Commencement Ceremonies August 8.

Concordia University School of Law has earned provisional approval from the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA is the national accrediting agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.

“I’m delighted the ABA has recognized Concordia Law’s commitment to offering the highest quality legal education,” said Concordia Law’s Dean Cathy Silak. “In our third year of operation, we continue to achieve the key milestones we set out to accomplish for our students and for the greater community.”

As another significant milestone for Concordia Law, ABA provisional approval demonstrates substantial compliance with ABA Standards for Approved Law Schools, affirming the high quality law program offered by the nonprofit, Lutheran university. The School’s graduates are able to take any state’s bar exam, and are treated the same as graduates of all ABA approved law schools.

“We are very excited about Concordia’s success and what it means for higher education in Boise,” said Boise Mayor David H. Bieter. “Boise’s role as our state’s legal focal point becomes even stronger with Concordia’s accreditation and the school is a fantastic presence in our central district. Congratulations to Dean Silak and everyone at the School of Law on this milestone accomplishment.”

“Congratulations to Concordia on receiving its provisional accreditation,” said Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “I appreciate the positive impact Concordia has made in Idaho’s legal community thus far and look forward to great things from its faculty and graduates in the future.”

ABA approval is a multi-year process. Concordia Law opened its doors to students in the fall of 2012 with approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Then, Concordia Law followed the ABA’s required two-year waiting period before applying for provisional approval. Next, the Law School must wait another two years before applying for full approval from the ABA. Several elements distinguish Concordia Law’s program.

  • Concordia Law is the only three-year law program to be offered entirely in Boise, Idaho, in close proximity to the State Capitol, Ada County Courthouse, and the Idaho State Supreme Court.
  • The School emphasizes first-hand legal experiences, in which students are paired with practicing attorney mentors and take practicum courses taught by members of the legal community.
  • Another important cornerstone of the program is community service. For example, Concordia Law’s collaboration with Idaho Legal Aid helps students provide legal support for underserved populations, while gaining valuable skills.

Concordia Law’s inaugural graduates will take the state bar exam in July and will celebrate Commencement Ceremonies on August 8.

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