The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law ranked 62nd out of 197 accredited law schools in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings released today. The UNLV Boyd School of Law climbed 16 spots to achieve its highest ranking ever.
"We are proud of this recognition and, with the support of our alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff, we continue to work to build a better law school every day," said Daniel Hamilton, dean of the law school. "Our faculty is nationally recognized for both scholarship and teaching; our students excel in the classroom and are dedicated to community service; and our alumni are leading lawyers in the state and region as partners in law firms, public defenders, district attorneys, public interest lawyers, judges, and legislators.”
In addition to a strong national ranking, the UNLV Boyd School of Law maintained strong top rankings in some individual specialty areas.
The Lawyering Process Program ranked second in the nation among the top legal writing programs for the second consecutive year. The program emphasizes professionalism and 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 ranked ninth among the top programs in dispute resolution for the fourth consecutive year. 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, the UNLV Boyd School of Law ranked 19th. The part-time program provides opportunities for students employed on a full-time basis in the community to study law and graduate with a JD 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.
The UNLV Boyd School of Law was once again recognized as one of the most diverse law schools in the country, ranking 46th nationally.
“The law school benefits from longstanding support from the legal community and the state and we are proud of our role as Nevada’s law school,” Hamilton said. “We will continue to cultivate our close-knit community in a city and state like no other.”
The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 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: 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 Association of American Law Schools.