BOISE -- The University of Idaho College of Law opened the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center Monday, welcoming second- and third-year law students to the new Boise campus.
Located in the old Ada County Courthouse on Jefferson Street in downtown Boise, Associate Dean Lee Dillion says the location of the new ILJLC gives second- and third-year law students who chose to take classes in Boise an added advantage.
"It's just a place where law is being made, it's being interpreted, it's being enforced, and our students get a chance to walk a block and see it done," said Dillion.
Students will find within walking distance the Idaho Legislature, Idaho Supreme Court, the Idaho Attorney General's Office and numerous administrative buildings.
Third-year law student Taryn Basauri says she's looking forward to spending her last year of law school at the newly renovated building in Boise.
"It's so much easier to network and really get involved around here because you've got this community of people who went to the University of Idaho and before they'd have to go to Moscow to talk to us, but now we're just here," said Basauri.
Added to the excitement of Monday's opening, news the university will expand the college's second- and third-year option in Boise to include a first year by fall 2017. Currently, all law students complete their first year of study in Moscow, but with the addition of the first-year option, Dillion says a Juris Doctor degree will be available at either campus location, broadening opportunities for students who attend the College of Law.
"Here, because you are on the Capitol Mall, it makes it so easier for students just to be walking down the street and see a future employer, see future colleagues, and begin making that transition from a student to a professional," said Dillion.
According to staff at the UI College of Law, 106 students are enrolled in the second- and third-year option in Boise.
The college plans to hold a grand opening of the ILJLC on Thursday, Sept. 24. This event will be open to the public.