Earlier this week we learned UNLV Boyd Law ranked 59th out of 194 accredited law schools in the US News & World Report 2019 law school rankings. We moved up three spots from last year, and this marks our highest ranking ever. Additionally, we are delighted that our Lawyering Process program ranked first in the nation among legal writing programs, and our Saltman Center for Dispute Resolution ranked tenth nationally. Our part-time program continues to climb and is now ranked 17th in the country. I invite you to read our press release here. While we are excited about our ranking this year, we need always to keep these rankings in perspective. Our focus remains on building a great law school that serves our students and our community.
Last week during spring break, several Boyd students spent their time off participating in our sixth annual Alternative Spring Break program. As part of the program, Julio Garcia, Morgan Hansen, Esteban Hernandez, Bailey Karas, and Hannah Nelson volunteered with Clean the World and Three Square, observed detention hearings for minors at Clark County Family Court, toured the Clark County Detention Facility, and met with a Family Mediation Center mediator to learn more about the role of mediation in custody cases. Additional activities included visiting Senator Yvanna Cancela, a first year at Boyd, along with the Culinary Union's legal counsel. Finally, there was a lunch meeting with judges at the Regional Justice Center. My thanks to Joanna Medrano, Director of Externships and Professor-in-Residence, for organizing this experience on behalf of our students.