Concordia University in Minnesota to own Boise law school

Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota has agreed to become the new "parent institution" for Concordia Law in Boise, law school officials announced Thursday.

The law school has been looking for a new owner since its current parent institution, Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, announced that it would close at the end of the spring semester after years of financial woes. The American Bar Association still must sign off on the ownership transfer for Concordia Law to remain accredited; school officials said they expect the ABA to make visits to both schools as part of the decision-making process sometime in the next few months.

Tuition is expected to remain the same at the private law school for the next school year. Like Concordia University in Portland, Concordia University St. Paul is one of several colleges and universities operated by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

"We are delighted to join forces with an institution that enjoys such a stellar reputation and remain part of the Concordia System," Concordia Law interim dean Latonia Haney Keith said in a prepared statement. "Concordia University, St. Paul is an excellent fit with the law school's mission and values."