WHO WE ARE
At the William S. Boyd School of Law we are educating ethical and effective lawyers and leaders.
We are a young law school and we had the privilege of building this school from the ground up: imagining the ideal, modeling best practices, creating an outstanding curriculum, and assembling our fine faculty. We've worked hard to ensure that the ideal we first envisioned has become a reality. Our students are exposed to real-world challenges, professional interactions, and public clinics from the very beginning, and community service is an integral part of their education and experience.
Our center for alternative dispute resolution now ranks among the nation's top. This is also true for our part-time and legal writing programs. But our proudest achievements are those of our students, who win top awards in competitions, secure judicial clerkships, land jobs at prestigious law firms, and enter the workforce prepared to serve their clients and communities.
Like the greater community of Las Vegas, our success is born from daring vision, hard work, and rapid innovation. We have achieved much in a short time, and foresee endless opportunities for the future.
Experience these opportunities for yourself. We invite you to add your bright light to ours.
The Boyd School of Law facility includes the William S. Boyd Hall and the Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility. Classrooms include state-of-the art technology for presentations and are equipped to facilitate video conferencing 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.
Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility
The Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility supports the school's trial advocacy, Kids' Court, and appellate advocacy programs and provides a venue for judicial proceedings by state and federal courts, including the Nevada Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The 6,700 square-foot facility was designed by one of the nation's leading architectural firms for courtrooms. The facility includes a courtroom and a 100-seat auditorium in which legal education, legal argument simulation activities, and court hearings are conducted. The facility's unique reconfigurable bench makes it suitable for all types of courts. In the facility, students can experience a comprehensive picture of what happens in all courtroom settings.
Wiener-Rogers Law Library
The Wiener Rogers Law Library holds the most substantial collection of legal materials in the state of Nevada. The library is staffed by professional, service-oriented librarians who have come from major libraries across the country. Users have access to a rich core collection of important materials in printed and micro formats. The library houses computer labs, classrooms, conference rooms and study rooms for collaborative learning, as well as carrels for individual study.
At Boyd, the Department of Information Technology (IT) provides a full range of technology services to students, faculty, staff, and administration. From remote access for databases, to computer-based exams, to the latest technology mediated classrooms, the IT department provides the best possible technology ensuring that everyone's needs are met. The law school also houses a general-purpose computer lab and specialized labs for specific groups such as members of the Nevada Law Journal and the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic.
The Lied Library, occupying 302,000 square feet in five stories, has 2,500 study spaces; an Information Commons; a Graduate and Professional Student study lounge and collaborative learning space, 24-hour study space; a media distribution system delivering various forms of media programming to workstations, group study rooms, and classrooms; and the Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval system capable of storing 1.2 million volumes. Lied Library includes a large federal government depository collection that offers print and electronic access to an expanding universe of federal information. The Special Collections section provides unique materials relating to Las Vegas and Southern Nevada history. It also houses the Gaming Research Collection and the Nevada Women's Archive. The University libraries also offer access to information resources and databases available in electronic format. The Nevada Educational Online Network serves as the gateway to the libraries' online catalog and to catalogs in other libraries as well as the various electronic journal indices, federal and state government publications, and selected full-text items.