By the Numbers
The 105 students in the 2017 entering class were selected from 621 applicants. The top quarter of the entering class had GPAs of 3.74 or greater and LSAT scores of 159 or above. With an age range of 21-72, many of our students come with exceptional experiences and prior careers.
Recent Student Accomplishments
In February 2017, students represented Boyd at the 8th Annual Transactional LawMeets Competition Regional Rounds hosted at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
The Society of Advocates Moot Court team had a number of impressive semifinal and final round finishes in national competitions in 2017. Students also received the Best Oralist award at the Honorable Judge Lloyd D. George Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition.
Boyd School of Law students in the Immigration Clinic built the unaccompanied minors program as Americorp volunteers, responding to the influx of Central American children who otherwise would have been left to face ICE and the U.S. Immigration Court alone. This has opened a new area of legal practice and is sewing the seeds for an immigration public defender system.
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada honored a Boyd School of Law student, who became the inaugural Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellow.
Over 1,000 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 2nd in the Nation by the 2017 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 2017 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.