The mission of the Career Development Office is to educate, prepare and assist our students and alumni as they pursue their career goals. We offer the following programs and services:
Boyd grads have mobility: Many non-residents come to Boyd for its exceptional high value/top quality legal education and to Las Vegas to take advantage of its unique legal market and professional opportunities. Some plan to return home to begin their legal careers. Others find that life leads them away from Las Vegas after graduation. Boyd graduates have found employment in major regional cities as well as major east coast markets, such as Washington, D.C. Click here for a non-exhaustive list of employers of Boyd graduates.
Personalized Career Counseling: Includes résumé and cover letter review and individual counseling to develop strategies for identifying opportunities and developing job search tools and techniques.
Workshops, Seminars, and Outreach: Address such topics as résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, substantive areas of law, and job search techniques.
Career Resource Center: Offers a Career Resource Library with numerous books, handouts, directories, articles, and other publications pertaining to all aspects of career development.
Online Job Board: Contains all job opportunities posted at the Law School.
Fall and Spring Interview Programs: Employers interview Boyd students during both the fall and spring semesters. The Fall Interview Program runs from the day after Labor Day through October. Employers may interview second-year full-time and third-year part-time students for summer positions and third-year full-time and fourth-year part-time students for post-graduation jobs. The Spring Interview Program, which includes all students, begins in early February.
Alternative Spring Break: The goal of the Alternative Spring Break program is to expose Boyd students of all class years to access to justice needs throughout Nevada. We hope that after participating in the Alternative Spring Break program, students will be interested in serving those who are in need of better access to legal services and information. To view the 2016 Alternative Spring Break program highlights, click here.
Dinner with a Rebel Lawyer: This program provides an opportunity for law students to network with Boyd alumni while receiving educational and career advice. Boyd alumni host one or more students for a casual meal to answer questions and provide insight about law school and the practice of law. This program runs throughout the year.
Lunch with a Law Firm: During the academic year and summer months, local employers host Boyd students for lunch, giving students the opportunity to meet with attorneys at their offices on an informal basis. This program is designed to inform students about the local legal market and the practice of law, and is also a great networking opportunity.
Public Interest Fellowship Program: This program offers financial resources, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities to students with strong academic credentials, a demonstrated record of community service, and a clear commitment to public interest work after graduation from law school. Fellows can expect individualized academic and career counseling from faculty, career guidance from alumni who have undertaken public interest work, and hands-on experience with committed community partners facilitated through our Career Development Office and Externship Program. For additional information, click here.
Pro Bono Honors Program: This program encourage students to continue their engagement in pro bono service after they complete the required Community Service Program. Students who complete 60 hours of approved pro bono work will be recognized at graduation as having earned “Pro Bono Honors". Students who complete 100 or more hours will be recognized for earning “Highest Pro Bono Honors". For additional information, click here.
Corporate Summer Internship Program: This program is a joint initiative of the William S. Boyd School of Law and the Nevada Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The goal of the Program is to provide Boyd law students with exposure to in-house legal departments as well as an excellent educational legal experience by pairing them with corporate counsel during the summer.
Professional Development Fellowship Program:The program was established to provide diverse students of the William S. Boyd School of Law with an educational and practical experience by pairing them with local legal employers with a long-term goal of increasing diversity in their hiring and retention.