Overview

Applicants
614
Acceptance Rate
60%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.15
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
111

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
147 - 154

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$50

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
51

49
Female
13.7
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

A “great value,” University of Idaho College of Law is a small yet affordable place to get a J.D. citing the school’s strong regional ties and low in-state tuition, students declare, “If one wants to practice law in Idaho especially, going to UI makes sense from an educational and financial standpoint.” With a total enrollment of about 350, students benefit from a surprisingly small and intimate campus environment. A 2L explains, “Even though this is a public institution, I feel like I get as much attention as if I paid more and went to a private law school. My professors’ doors are always open.” A first-year student adds, “All five of my professors knew my name by the end of my first week. Most of them sincerely care about our success and are happy to answer questions about life after law school.” When it comes to their pedagogical skills, “there are some very good professors and some very poor professors” at UI. However, faculty members are generally accomplished in their fields and “bring a lot of experience” to the classroom. In fact, “for being in a relatively small town, we have faculty from very diverse backgrounds who could definitely teach at more prestigious universities.” In that regard, the University of Idaho experience is deeply influenced by its location in the small town of Moscow. Far from the capital in Boise, “the campus and community are very isolated,” and some students feel that “the school could improve in diversity and the welcoming of diverse people and diverse viewpoints,” both within the student body and within the faculty. It is important to note that qualified students may take classes at the campus in Boise in their third year if they so choose. Fortunately, with the concerted effort of the administration, “there are still some very good speakers and events that come through here.”
Academically, the school specializes in environmental law, Native American law, business and entrepreneurship, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Students would like to see a greater emphasis on real-world skills, complaining that a number of professors “work too much with theory and not enough with practical application” in the classroom. Fortunately, the school offers “a plethora of opportunities to gain practical legal skills” through clinics, and “the administration also does an excellent job in getting internship opportunities for the students.” When it comes to the job hunt, “career services is understaffed” (the size of the staff tripled in 2013) and the largest in-state job market in Boise is far away, but, despite these obstacles, graduates have a lot going for them. A boon to anyone hoping to practice in the region, UI is “the only law school in the state (accredited). That means all the law firms and courts are packed with our graduates and they protect the opportunities for our students.” For those who’d like to practice further afield, “the administration is good at recognizing that there are a lot of students that want to practice out of state, so they cater to that diversity in instruction and events we host.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
73%
Median Starting Salary
$52,140
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
90%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
41%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
25

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Employers and agencies w/offices in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Montana.

Graduates Employed by Area

37%
Private Practice
17%
Judicial Clerkships
12%
Government
11%
Business/Industry
7%
Public Interes
3%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

69%
Mountain
25%
Pacific
2%
MidWest
2%
New England
1%
International
1%
South West

Prominent Alumni

Linda Copple Trout
Past Chief Justice, Idaho Supreme Court

Georgia Yuan
Deputy Under Secretary of Education

Frank Shrontz
Former CEO and Chairman of the Boeing Co.

James A. McClure
Former United States Senator

Nancy Morris
Former Secretary of the Securities & Exchange Commission

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$5,882
Out-Of-State Tuition
$19,412
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$7,533
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$9,902
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,448
Fees
$10,598

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
353
Parent Institution Enrollement
11,534

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
1
Average Age at Entry
27

% Out-of-State
48%
% International
0%

Demographics

18.50%
% Under-represented Minorities

99% are full time
1% are part time
40% female
60% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Students differ personally, professionally, and philosophically at UI. There is a “substantial Mormon population” within the law school, which tends to be more politically and socially conservative, offset by a “sizable body of politically moderate students.” Clashing political views is a source of tension on campus. According to some students, “If you consider yourself conservative or libertarian in any fashion, you will quickly find yourself outnumbered, politically isolated, and regarded as offensive and problematic to the staff and faculty.” Others claim, “There’s a large and outspoken religious majority at the school that tends to jump at any comment they feel is disparaging while loudly asserting their own freedom of speech.” Idaho residents make up about 47 percent of the student body, with the remaining 53 percent hailing from across the country. Though most students are just a few years out of college, University of Idaho is “accessible to nontraditional students.”
There are around 11,700 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, lending a fun, vibrant, student-friendly backdrop to the law school environment. Within the law school itself, “everything is in one building. It gives the students and the faculty easy access to each other.” “About half of the students socialize on a regular basis,” and there are a range of student groups and recreational activities hosted on the larger campus, as well as through the law school. Home to about 24,000 residents, “Moscow is truly a charming college town that provides decent access to a range of outdoor pursuits.” In complement to the school’s low tuition, “the cost of living is affordable” in Moscow, and students enjoy the “large food co-op,” “impressive farmer’s market,” and many “great parks” in town. It is “easy to walk anywhere.” Students can also cross the state line into Pullman, Washington, another college town that is home to Washington State University, only eight miles away.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Carole Wells, J.D.
Director of Admissions

Address
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Phone
208-885-2300

Email
lawadmit@uidaho.edu