UNLV Boyd School of Law Achieves its Highest Ranking Ever Among Juris Doctor Programs in 2019 U.S. News & World Report

Nevada’s Law School Ranked First in Nation for Legal Writing Program


LAS VEGAS – The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law moved up three places from last year to reach its highest ranking ever in the 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings released today. UNLV Law ranked 59th out of 194 accredited law schools. 

The law school’s Lawyering Process Program ranked first in the nation among the top legal writing programs. The program requires three semesters and offers students opportunities to prepare for practice by focusing on professionalism, legal analysis, persuasion theory, and lawyering skills including legal writing, research, oral advocacy, client interviewing, counseling and negotiation.  The program has ranked among the top five legal writing programs in the country for the last ten years. This year it has the highest ranking as number one.

“We are honored to earn this recognition, and we are proud of the #1 ranking of the Lawyering Process Program,” said Daniel W. Hamilton, dean of the UNLV Boyd School of Law. “We have built a first-rate public law school, and we couldn't be prouder of the achievements of our faculty, our students, and our alumni.”

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at UNLV ranked 10th among the top programs in dispute resolution. The center has ranked among the top 10 dispute resolution programs for multiple years. Established in 2003, the Saltman Center is dedicated to advancing education in the field of 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 Law ranked 17th, up two places from last year. This program allows students employed on a full-time basis in the community to study law and graduate in a four-year period.  Many of the law school’s part-time students are already leaders in their respective fields and in the community.

Established in 1998, the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has nearly 400 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 a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation and three dual degree programs: the J.D./MBA, J.D./M.S.W., and J.D./Ph.D. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. For more information about UNLV Law, please visit law.unlv.edu and stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.