University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

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The William S. Boyd School of Law, the first and only public law school in Nevada history, commenced classes in fall 1998 and now has graduated more than 2,700 students. Located in a unique, dynamic, and continually growing metropolitan area, Boyd offers its students an evolving social climate in which to study the law and observe and participate in its application. The law school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

 

Faculty

The full-time faculty consists of experienced, accomplished, and well-respected legal educators. All faculty members have excellent credentials, experience, and reputations; all are people for whom teaching and mentoring of students is very important; and all are people who are eager to serve their community through scholarship, civic involvement, and various outreach programs. The law school also taps into the wealth of talent in the local bar association for adjunct faculty who teach a variety of specialized courses.

 

Community Service

A unique aspect of a Boyd education is an early focus on service learning. Under the supervision of attorneys from Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Nevada Legal Services, and the law school, all first-year students participate in a community service program directing informational workshops and providing legal information to those in need on the subjects of bankruptcy, foreclosure mediation, small claims, family law, paternity custody, immigration, mediation, and guardianship. After the first year, in our Partners in Pro Bono Program, students work one-on-one with attorney mentors on pro bono cases. These programs are intended to acquaint students with the large unmet need for legal services and to instill a lasting commitment to community service and pro bono work.

 

Facility

The Boyd School of Law facility includes the William S. Boyd Hall, the Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building, and the Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility. Classrooms include state-of-the art technology for presentations using PowerPoint, video, and document cameras, and are equipped to facilitate videoconferencing and distance learning. Classroom, lounge, and study space offer students indoor and outdoor wireless access seating areas where they can make productive use of their time between classes.

 

Library

The Wiener-Rogers Law Library holds the most substantial collection of legal materials in the state of Nevada. The library is staffed by excellent, service-oriented librarians who have come from major libraries across the country. Patrons and students have access to a core collection of important material in printed and micro formats. The library offers one computer lab and provides numerous carrels for individual study, as well as group study rooms. The growing library collection now exceeds 400,000 volumes and microform volume equivalents.

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The JD Program

Curriculum

The Boyd School of Law offers and encourages its students to undertake a generalist curriculum. Specific course offerings are constantly reviewed and revised as societal needs, student interest, and faculty resources change. The curriculum generally emphasizes the responsibilities, skills, and values required of members of the legal profession. This emphasis comes to the fore in Lawyering Process, a three-semester required course that offers students the opportunity to examine the relationship between legal analysis and other legal skills such as research, writing, oral advocacy, and client interviewing and counseling, with significant emphasis on professionalism and ethics.

 

Programs of Study

The law school offers a traditional three-year, full-time JD program and a four-year, part-time JD program during evening hours. Additionally, three dual-degree programs have been established: Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work, and Juris Doctor/PhD in Education. Finally, the law school offers an LLM in Gaming Law and Regulation.

Student Life

Student Activities

The Nevada Law Journal is a publication devoted to scholarly research on the subject of national legal interest as well as on issues of particular interest to the Nevada legal community.

The UNLV Gaming Law Journal is a journal of legal scholarship published by the students and dedicated to analyzing the law and policy implications of gaming case law, legislation, administrative regulations, and important gaming legal events.

The Society of Advocates is the school’s appellate and trial forensic program. The society consists of an executive board and team members who participate in interscholastic competitions. Teams compete in mock trial, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution competitions, as well as traditional appellate advocacy. Boyd’s teams have been very successful in winning regional, national, and international competitions.

Students also participate in more than 30 student organizations.

Legal Clinics

The Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic houses the school’s “law firm” and offers an integrated academic and practice-based educational experience that teaches students to be reflective practitioners and community-oriented professionals. The clinic has focused on several specific areas: appellate litigation, education advocacy, family justice, immigration, mediation, misdemeanor, policing and protest, and public policy. Additionally, the law school provides an extensive externship program. Working closely with the legal community, the law school has established a year-round program offering opportunities for students to extern with the federal and state judiciary, government and public service agencies, and the Nevada and US legislatures.

Externship Program

It is important to bridge the gap between law school and law practice. The Boyd School of Law’s externship program allows students to work closely with the legal community and blend theory with practice. This year-round program provides opportunities with the federal and state judiciary, government and public service agencies, and Nevada and U.S. legislatures. Externships are available locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution was established in 2003 to provide a venue for advanced study of the nature of conflict and the methods through which conflicts may be resolved. The work of the center encompasses conflicts arising out of regional, national, and international concerns in both the public and private sectors. Recognizing that a sophisticated understanding of conflict necessarily requires insights derived from disciplines other than law, the center places particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and resolving disputes. The center’s faculty teach courses on mediation, negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and arbitration, as well as a clinical offering in the area of mediation.

The Lawyering Process Program

Our perspective on lawyering in context incorporates professionalism and lawyering skills into both semesters of our first-year legal writing curriculum. A third required semester allows students to further develop fundamental skills.

Our comprehensive first-year curriculum covers the following:

  • Client Interviewing & Counseling
  • Objective & Persuasive Writing
  • Professionalism
  • Research Strategies
  • Negotiation
  • Oral Advocacy

Gaming Law

The gaming studies program at the Boyd School of Law prepares students to address sophisticated, cutting-edge legal and policy issues in Nevada, across the United States, and around the world. The study of gaming cuts across multiple areas of the law, requiring mastery of concepts in administrative and regulatory law, labor and employment, intellectual property, business and finance, and related legal areas. The study of gaming is also multi-disciplinary, and law students benefit from cross-campus collaborations with the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, the International Gaming Institute, and the Lied Library Center for Gaming Research.   

The Boyd School of Law offers many opportunities for students to become engaged with gaming law and current events.

Race, Gender & Policing Program

The Race, Gender & Policing Program explores the relationship between race, gender, and the ways people are policed. Policing refers to not only the activities of law enforcement officers, but also the ways that other actors, such as immigration officials, prison officials, schools, and private citizens, participate in surveillance and control. The Program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research and concrete reforms in Nevada, the nation, and beyond. To this end, the Program brings together scholars, practitioners, and activists to address issues related to race, gender, and policing. In terms of activities, we anticipate that the program will sponsor periodic events relating to its mission and help facilitate partnerships with UNLV, local, state and national partners.

Indian Nations Gaming and Governance Program

The Indian Nations Gaming & Governance program was established in 2020 thanks to a generous gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The program consists of specialized academic training for JD and LLM students, public programming for diverse audiences, academic and policy research, and conferences and symposia examining current issues in tribal gaming and governance. Our faculty and leadership have extensive experience in education, gaming, federal Indian law, and tribal law and governance.

Career Placement and Bar Passage

Career Development

The Career Development Office (CDO) works with students and alumni of the William S. Boyd School of Law to provide the tools and resources for building a rewarding legal career. The CDO offers a variety of services: one-on-one counseling, résumé and cover letter review, mock interviews, networking opportunities, and workshops.

Career development begins early in law school. An orientation to the Career Development Office is held in October for all first-year students. The orientation program introduces students to the CDO staff and career planning resources. Each first-year student is required to meet with a CDO advisor to develop individualized short-term and long-term job search strategies. As students proceed through law school, CDO advisors help them implement these plans, adapting strategies to evolving or changing career goals.

The CDO's frequent outreach to prospective employers locally, statewide, and nationally results in a wealth of opportunities for school-year, summer, and post-graduate employment.

 

Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program provides students a comprehensive network of presentations, activities, tutorials, and workshops designed to stimulate learning and to amplify the classroom experience. The program supplements the curriculum with opportunities to enhance learning skills and develop more efficient and effective methods of studying, comprehending, and writing. As part of this program, the student-operated Center for Academic Success and Enrichment (CASE) offers students mentoring, advising, and tutoring. The program also supports students through bar passage, which is evident through the school's ultimate bar pass rate in the high 80s.

Admission Decisions: Beyond the Numbers

The Boyd School of Law seeks to enroll an academically well-qualified, accomplished, and diverse group of individuals who will contribute to the vitality of the school’s educational program, the community, and the legal profession after graduation. Applicants for admission may demonstrate qualification and accomplishment through distinguished academic records as undergraduate or graduate students, successful careers, meaningful contributions to their communities, or successful efforts to meet challenges associated with race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, or disability. Students of diverse backgrounds, attitudes, and interests contribute to the breadth and quality of the classroom and nonclassroom dialogues, which are critical elements of legal education.

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Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Nevada:

3.30 to 3.81

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Nevada:

154 to 161

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Nevada:

3.30 to 3.81

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Nevada:

154 to 161

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Nevada:

3.30 to 3.81

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Nevada:

154 to 161

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451003,
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003,
United States
Phone: 702.895.4189