The State Board of Education’s 5-3 vote Aug. 26 to add another year of law school education at the University of Idaho in Boise came as some board members objected to adding more lawyers to the state.
“Frankly, I’m still conflicted, because what we’re really talking about here is almost another million-dollar annual subsidy to produce lawyers,” Richard Westerberg said, But he said he’d support the year with a law-school enrollment cap of 360 students proposed by board member Rod Lewis. Lewis also said the school should be moved to Boise.
The board vote included no cap. Lewis, Westerberg and Ken Edmunds dissented.
Don Burnett, the former law school dean who is now U of I’s acting president, said Idaho is a net importer of attorneys. “We are nowhere near saturating the legal education market,” he said.