By the Numbers
The 116 students in the 2016 entering class were selected from 669 applicants. The top quarter of the entering class had GPAs of 3.71 or greater and LSAT scores of 159 or above. With an age range of 21-53, many of our students come with exceptional experiences and prior careers.
Recent Student Accomplishments
This winter, Boyd Law students in the International and Comparative Human Rights Law Practicum traveled to New Delhi, India to engage in human rights study and fieldwork. Students explored whether India’s new anti-sexual harassment law is being implemented in garment factories, conducted interviews with domestic workers and recruiters, and addressed the exploitation of the international recruitment of nurses
The Society of Advocates Moot Court team had a number of impressive semifinal and final round finishes in national competitions in 2014. Students also received the Second Place Oralist award at the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition and the Second Place Best Brief award at the UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition.
Boyd School of Law students in the Immigration Clinic released a report on detention conditions at the Henderson Detention Center, and prepared testimony for a related congressional hearing. In April 2014, the Immigration Detention Project was recognized by the Clinical Legal Education Association for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project.
As of March 2014, nearly 850 children have been served by the Kids’ Court School, in which Boyd students educate children between the ages of 4 and 17 about the judicial process before the children testify in court proceedings. Research shows that the program is effective in reducing anxiety levels in children who participate in legal proceedings.
Nationally Recognized Practical Skills Training
The Boyd School of Law has a number of nationally recognized programs which prepare students for legal practice.
- Lawyering Process Program - Ranked 3rd in the Nation by the 2015 U.S. News & World Report - During this required three-semester program, students develop skills in legal research, analysis and writing as well as oral advocacy, client interviewing, counseling, and negotiation.
- Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution - Ranked 9th in the Nation by the 2015 U.S. News & World Report, this program provides law students with professional training in the theory and practice of dispute resolution and provides information and educational opportunities to facilitate the resolution of public and private sector disputes imbued with the public interest.
- Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic - This innovative, interdisciplinary program gives student attorneys the chance to work under faculty supervision to provide high-quality representation to children, youths, and adults. Clinical areas include appellate, family justice, immigration, and juvenile justice.
- Society of Advocates - Through this co-curricular organization, students represent the school in national and international interscholastic advocacy competitions. Students receive advanced training in oral advocacy, negotiation and counseling skills, complex analysis and writing. This scholastic preparation transfers to the assignments students receive when they begin to practice. Our students have the confidence and experience to formulate complex arguments, competently advise a client, and negotiate effectively on behalf of a client.