UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Achieves Highest Ranking Ever in 2020 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Nevada’s Law School Ranked 58th Among Full-Time Juris Doctor Programs


LAS VEGAS – The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is now ranked 58th out of 192 accredited law schools in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of best graduate and professional schools, which was released today. This marks the third year in a row UNLV Law has moved up on the list of the nation’s top law schools, reflecting its place as one of the top public law schools in the country. 

For a second year, UNLV’s Lawyering Process Program was ranked first in the nation among legal writing programs. The Lawyering Process Program emphasizes professionalism and prepares students to enter the profession with the skills they need to succeed in written and oral advocacy. Additionally, the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution jumped five spots and is now ranked fifth nationally in Dispute Resolution. The Saltman Center’s mission is to advance the study of methods through which conflicts may be resolved. 

“We are thrilled that the Lawyering Process Program and the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution have once again been recognized as leading programs in their fields,” said Daniel W. Hamilton, dean of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. “We are pleased with the school’s overall ranking, and we remain committed to serving our city and state with students who are committed to community service; faculty who are passionate about research and teaching; and alumni who are leaders in public service and private practice.” 

UNLV Law’s part-time J.D. also maintains its position as one of the top programs securing a spot at 18 in this year’s report. The part-time program offers courses in the evening, providing the opportunity for students who are employed full-time to earn a law degree in a four years. Other law school programs entering the national rankings for the first time this year include Health Law (36), Clinical Training (40), Tax Law (65), Intellectual Property (69), Environmental Law (74), and Trial Advocacy (89).     

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.