Clinical Program

The mission of the William S. Boyd School of Law Clinical Program is to offer students integrated academic and practice-based educational experiences, to teach them to be reflective practitioners and multi-disciplinary professionals, to improve the quality of and access to legal systems, and to provide service to communities in need of legal assistance in Nevada.

The Clinical Program at William S. Boyd School of Law consists of the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic and the Externship Program. The Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic provides students the opportunity to represent clients under close faculty supervision in one of our in-house clinic programs: Appellate, Education Advocacy, Family Justice, Immigration, Innocence, and Juvenile Justice.  Students are expected to take the lead in all aspects of client representation, including primary responsibility for developing and maintaining the attorney-client relationship, formulating case strategy, and conducting fact investigation, legal research, and trial work.

A mediation clinic in conjunction with the Saltman Center for Dispute Resolution opened in Spring 2009.

The pedagogical, research and service goals of the clinic include fostering an understanding of the interconnected nature of the problems and systems—immigration, education, family law, juvenile delinquency, and criminal justice—that operate in the lives of our clients. The clinics thus afford both students and faculty the opportunity to study law in action and inform their academic and policy research.

The Externship Program places students in government and public interest law offices, judicial chambers, and legislative offices, primarily in Nevada and the West. However, Boyd externs have also been placed in national and international public interest settings.