U.S. News & World Report ranked the UNLV Boyd School of Law's legal writing and dispute resolution programs among the top 10 in the nation, according to data released today. The rankings were included in the publication's 2015 edition of the best graduate schools and specialty programs.
The law school overall was ranked 83 out of 194 accredited law schools, securing its position as one of the country's top 100 law schools for the eighth consecutive year.
"We have built a first-rate public law school over the past 15 years, and we couldn't be prouder of the achievements of our faculty, our students, and our alumni. These rankings go up and down, and our main goal is to keep our eye on building a better law school every day," said Daniel Hamilton, dean of the law school. "I encourage anyone interested in the UNLV Boyd School of Law to explore our website or give us a call to get a real sense of this terrific place and what we offer."
The law school also ranked 48th for diversity.
The Boyd School of Law achieved top placement in the following specialty rankings:
- The Lawyering Process Program was ranked third in the nation among the top legal writing programs for the third consecutive year. The program emphasizes professionalism, the relationship between legal analysis and lawyering skills, including legal writing, research, oral advocacy, client interviewing, counseling and negotiation.
- The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution was ranked ninth among the top programs in dispute resolution, climbing up two spots from last year. The Saltman Center has been ranked in the top 12 for the past eight years. Established in 2003, the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution is dedicated to advancing education in the field of alternative dispute resolution and provides a venue for the advanced study of the nature of conflict and the methods through which conflicts may be resolved.
- Among part-time law programs, UNLV's law school ranked 20 out of 83 accredited law schools, climbing up four spots from last year. Fewer than half of the country's law schools offer part-time programs, which generally take four years to complete.
"What's particularly gratifying is that the specialty rankings are based on the evaluations of our peers in those categories and reflect how much our peers regard these exemplary programs," said Hamilton.
The Boyd School of Law and Legal Education Programs
The William S. Boyd School of Law has more than 440 students and offers three juris doctor degree programs: a full-time day program, a part-time day program and a part-time evening program. The school also offers three dual degree programs: a J.D./MBA, a J.D./M.S.W. and a J.D./Ph.D. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the American Association of Law Schools.