The University of Idaho says it has raised $1.1 million in gifts and pledges to pay the school's share of renovations on the Old Ada County Courthouse, which will house the Idaho Law Learning Center.
More than $500,000 in additional private funds have been raised for educational programs at the center, the university said Tuesday.
The learning center is a collaboration between the university and the Idaho Supreme Court to create a legal education, state-government service and law-related civic education center in Boise.
The renovated courthouse will house:
Æ The public Idaho State Law Library.
Æ A third-year program of the University of Idaho College of Law.
Æ State judicial education offices.
Æ Outreach and services for other state government branches.
Æ Law-related civic education programs for the public.
The Moscow-based university hopes to someday expand its one-year Boise program for law students to a full three-year program. The program now allows students to take the third year in Boise.
The Boise program and the State Law Library currently are housed in the University of Idaho Boise location at Front Street and Broadway Avenue.