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University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

We believe strongly in an academic program that integrates traditional and experiential learning. Our graduates understand the law, know how to apply it, and are prepared for the dynamic careers that await them. A Boyd curriculum begins with the essentials, such as civil procedure, criminal law, contracts, constitutional law, property, torts, and legal writing. In years two and three, the curriculum broadens, offering a rich array of elective courses such as environmental, immigration, real estate, or gaming law. Many of our students also participate in legal clinics, journals, and student organizations.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 445
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.24 - 3.7
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.69%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 93.6%
In State Tuition $24,749
Out of State Tuition $35,749

Overview

Overview

About University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

We believe strongly in an academic program that integrates traditional and experiential learning. Our graduates understand the law, know how to apply it, and are prepared for the dynamic careers that await them. A Boyd curriculum begins with the essentials, such as civil procedure, criminal law, contracts, constitutional law, property, torts, and legal writing. In years two and three, the curriculum broadens, offering a rich array of elective courses such as environmental, immigration, real estate, or gaming law. Many of our students also participate in legal clinics, journals, and student organizations.

Reviews

ABA-accredited in 2003, many students feel, “The greatest strength of Boyd is its new­ness,” which lends a sense of optimism, excitement, and challenge to the campus. Because it’s not “steeped in tradition, there’s an entrepreneurial spirit here. Everyone senses we’re building something special.” With a quality teaching staff, top-notch facili­ties, a talented student body, and reasonable tuition costs, students are confident that their school will continue to climb in the ranks. In fact, this sense of excitement extends throughout the city and state. Boyd is the only law school in Nevada; students report, “The legal community and the community in general are excited to have us here and the whole city [and state] is invested in all of us succeeding.”Professors boast impressive educational and professional backgrounds and are known to be both “intelligent and well-respected in their fields.” More important, they are “stimulating individuals who are skilled teachers.” Students are “consistently amazed by the ease with which the faculty so effectively employs the Socratic Method, such that the student body...is able to break down even the most complex legal scenarios and digest them as fully understandable rules and concepts.” Outside the classroom, “Professors are extremely approachable, even for a shy student.” The administration is generally regarded as “accessible and very pro-student.” A 2L affirms, “The administrators I deal with on any sort of regular basis are fantastic. Not only do they know their stuff; they are anxious to help and are just all-around fabulous people.” Students particularly applaud the efforts the administration has made to help new students make the transition into law school, citing the “optional thirty-minute classes once a week where we are taught exam skills, note-taking, and outlining tips.” Classrooms at Boyd are “new and clean” and very high-tech. The “top quality facili­ties” include “wireless Internet and cable Internet hook-ups throughout the building,” as well as “a state-of-the-art library.” Off campus, students say, “Being the only law school in Nevada, in the middle of one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States, opportunities abound.” For example, UNLV students “have opportunities for something close to eighty-five judicial externships each year (out of a class of 150)” and addition­ally “have extraordinary access to the local, regional, and state governments.” When it comes to landing a job after graduation, UNLV is extremely well located. In the city of Las Vegas, “The local law firms are eager to hire graduates, and the private sector oppor­tunities in gaming, hospitality, real estate, corporate, entertainment, and litigation are abundant and highly lucrative.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 130

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 4 years JD/MSW - 4 years JD/PhD in Education - 4 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 56
Full-Time Faculty 24
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 50% Male
50% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 64%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $24,749 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $24,749 $24,749

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $35,749 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $35,749 $35,749

Financial Aid

86% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$28,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 157 - 162
LSAT Part-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Total 156 - 161

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.27 - 3.75
Part-Time 3.1 - 3.59
Total 3.24 - 3.7

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Resume

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#88 National Universities
#136 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 85%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 76%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 50
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 94%
Average Starting Salary $75,532
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 43 32%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 3%
Business Industry 14 11%
Government 12 9%
Public Interest 4 3%
Federal Clerkship 3 2%
State Clerkship 26 20%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 21 13%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TX 2%
UT 3%
NV 88%

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