William S. Boyd School of Law

Summary

The William S. Boyd School of Law is the law school of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the only law school in Nevada.[2] It is named after William S. Boyd, a Nevada attorney and co-founder of Boyd Gaming Corporation who provided the initial funding for the school.[3] The school opened in 1998 and graduated its first class in 2001.[4]

William S. Boyd School of Law
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Parent schoolUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
Established1998; 24 years ago (1998)
School typePublic
DeanSara Gordon (interim)
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada, USA
USNWR ranking67th (2023)[1]
Websitelaw.unlv.edu

The school has held American Bar Association accreditation since 2003 and joined the Association of American Law Schools in 2004.[5]

In 2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked the law school at No. 67 among more than 200 law schools in the United States.[6] In 2022, the Boyd School of Law achieved its rank at 67th overall in the nation.[1]

HistoryEdit

In 1997, then Governor Bob Miller signed into law a bill authorizing the creation of the William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).[4] One year later, in 1998, the Boyd School of Law opened its doors to 140 charter class students and the school moved into its permanent facilities in August 2002.[7] In 2000, the school secured provisional American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation and, in February 2003, secured full ABA accreditation.[4] The first class graduated from the Boyd School of Law in May 2001.[4] In January 2004, the William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas joined the Association of American Law Schools.[8]

The current interim dean of the Boyd School of Law is Sara Gordon.[9]

AcademicsEdit

The school is also home to the Wiener-Rogers Law Library, the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic, the Nevada Law Journal, and the UNLV Gaming Law Journal. It awards the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and has a student body of approximately 350 students. It also awards dual degrees—including the Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration (J.D./MBA), the Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work (J.D./M.S.W.), and the Juris Doctor and Doctor of Philosophy in Education (J.D./Ph.D.)[10]—as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming law and Regulation.[11] All first-year law students are required to participate in a Community Service Program and spend substantial time providing legal information to people in the community who do not have access to lawyers.[12] In partnership with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Pro Bono Project, law students prepare and present workshops at numerous locations in their community, on basic legal matters such as small claims court procedure, family law and divorce, bankruptcy, guardianship, and paternity/custody matters.

The law school secured its position as one of the country's top 100 law schools for the 15th consecutive year,[13] with its Lawyering Process Program ranked first in the U.S. for the third year in a row and its Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution ranked sixth among the top dispute resolution programs,[14] according to U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2021 rankings of graduate schools and specialty programs.[6] The law school's part-time program is ranked 20th in the country.[6]

National Jurist's PreLaw magazine gave UNLV a grade of "A-" for diversity, facilities, and value, and a grade of "A" for employment outcomes.[15]

Law libraryEdit

The Wiener-Rogers Law Library is the largest law library in the state of Nevada, and the only law library in Nevada maintaining comprehensive collections of United States legal materials. The Wiener-Rogers Law Library also serves as a resource and archive for the entire state, providing services and making its collections accessible to researchers across disciplines and to members of the general public.[16]

Among other things, the Law Library at UNLV provides:

  • More than 580,000 titles in digital or physical formats
  • Access to nearly 50 law-specific commercial online databases and more than 500 databases available through the University Libraries
  • Current and historical federal legislative, judicial, and administrative materials
  • Legislative, judicial, and administrative materials from all 50 states and many U.S. territories
  • Jurisprudence from foreign countries; international treaties and related documents
  • More than 3,000 law-related documentary films focused primarily on social justice and human rights
  • Eleven special subject-specific collections highlighting strengths of the collection and faculty scholarly interests

In addition, the Law Library is a participant in the federal government and European Union depository programs.[17]

PublicationsEdit

In 2001, the Nevada Law Journal (NLJ) published its inaugural issue.[18] In 2010, the UNLV Gaming Law Journal published its inaugural issue.[19]

NLJ is a journal of legal scholarship dedicated to analyzing the law and policy implications of significant case law, legislation, administrative regulations and important legal events. The NLJ publishes at least three issues per year and includes submissions by legal practitioners, professors, and students of the William S. Boyd School of Law. Additionally, topics concerning legal symposia, surveys, and tributes to important figures of the law are included.

In 2007, the Nevada Law Journal was ranked 91st by author prominence in Law Library Journal.[20] Washington & Lee University Law School currently ranks NLJ 59th among 243 flagship and general interest law reviews in the United States.[21]

EmploymentEdit

According to the Boyd School of Law's 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 84.9 percent of Boyd's Class of 2014 was employed 10 months after graduation.[22] 71.2 percent of the class was working in full-time, long-term jobs for which bar passage is required or a J.D. is preferred.[23]

CostsEdit

Tuition at the Boyd School of Law for the 2019–2020 academic year is $37,800 for full-time non-residents and $25,900 for full-time residents.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "University of Nevada–Las Vegas". U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Schools. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law". Law School Admission Council. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  3. ^ "Business Hall of Fame Inductee: William S. Boyd | Lee Business School | University of Nevada, Las Vegas".
  4. ^ a b c d Richard J. Morgan, The Establishment of the William S. Boyd School of Law, 36 U. TOL. L. REV. 133 (2004).
  5. ^ "Accreditation | UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law". law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  6. ^ a b c "U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges". Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  7. ^ Id.; Richard Morgan, A Very Good Year, Nev. Law., May 2006, at 36.
  8. ^ Id. See also Association of American Law Schools website.
  9. ^ "Associate Dean Sara Gordon Named Interim Dean of the UNLV Boyd School of Law | UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law".
  10. ^ "Dual Degree Programs | UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law". law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  11. ^ "LL.M. in Gaming Law Program | UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law". law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  12. ^ Richard Morgan, Public/Private Partnerships Are Not The Only Kind of Important Collaboration. There Is Another Significant Sort Of Partnership-That I Will Refer To As A "Public/Public Partnership"-From Which The Boyd School Of Law Has Benefited Greatly, Nev. Law., Feb. 2006, at 28.
  13. ^ "| UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law". law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  14. ^ "U.S. News: Grad Programs in Nursing, Physical Therapy Rise in Annual Rankings; Boyd Law Maintains Strong Showing". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  15. ^ "University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law | the National Jurist". nationaljurist.com. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  16. ^ "Wiener-Rogers Law Library | UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law". law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  17. ^ "Fast Facts | UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law". law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  18. ^ Jason Frierson & J. Wade Kelson (eds.), Annual Survey of Nevada Law 1999, 1 NEV. L.J. 345 (2001).
  19. ^ "Nevada Lawyer Nov. 2010 - Dean's Column" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  20. ^ Robert M. Jarvis & Phyllis Coleman, Ranking Law Reviews by Author Prominence--Ten Years Later, 99 LAW LIBR. J. 573 (2007).
  21. ^ "Law Calendar". Washington and Lee University. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  22. ^ "EMPLOYMENT SUMMARY FOR 2014 GRADUATES" (PDF). law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  23. ^ "EMPLOYMENT SUMMARY FOR 2014 GRADUATES" (PDF). law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  24. ^ "Tuition & Fees | UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law". law.unlv.edu. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

External linksEdit

  • Official website

Coordinates: 36°06′29″N 115°08′23″W / 36.10793°N 115.13980°W / 36.10793; -115.13980