Shepard Broad Law Center
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|Nova Southeastern University
Shepard Broad Law Center
|Parent endowment||US$47.6 million|
|Location||Davie, Florida, USA|
|USNWR ranking||Tier 4|
|Bar pass rate||86.1% (July 09)|
The Shepard Broad Law Center is the official law school of Nova Southeastern University. Commonly referred to as Nova Southeastern Law Center, the Law Center is housed in Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, located within Nova Southeastern University’s main campus in Davie, Florida. With a full-time faculty of 59, the Shepard Broad Law Center serves over 1,000 students with graduate degree, certificate, and international dual-degree programs. Offering full-time day and part-time evening programs, the Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association.
- 1 Admissions & Employment Statistics
- 2 History
- 3 Programs
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Past and Present Deans
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Admissions & Employment Statistics
Official data from the American Bar Association describes the Shepard Broad Law Center as a private school with a student/faculty ratio of 14.1:1, requiring 90 credit hours to graduate. The median LSAT score is 150 for full-time students. The median GPA is 3.26 for full-time students and 3.03 for part-time students. J.D. Attrition for 1Ls is 22.7%.
 Nova's pass rate for first-time takers of the Bar exam is 83.3%, significantly higher than the statewide average of 77.6%. Nine months after graduation, 81% of students are employed, 16% are unemployed, and 3% are pursuing graduate degrees.
Employment Profile 2012
- Private Practice – 70.90%
- Government – 9.50%
- Business- 14.00%
- Public Interest – 4.20%
- Judicial Clerk- .40%
- Academic- 1.10%
Founded in 1974, the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University is named after lawyer and philanthropist Shepard Broad, in recognition of his counsel, community leadership, and financial support. The Law Center is housed in the Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall, which is also named after the entrepreneur and philanthropist who was committed to the advancement of education and research.
Juris Doctorate and Joint-Degree Programs
- J.D./M.S. in Computer Information Systems
- J.D./M.S. or Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- J.D./M.U.R.P. in Urban and Regional Planning
Non-Lawyers Graduate Programs
- M.S. in Education Law
- M.S. in Employment Law
- M.S. in Health Law
- Health Law
- International Law
- Children and Families
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Business Practice
- Criminal Justice
- Environmental and Land Use
- International Practice
- Personal Injury Litigation
International Dual-Degree programs are available with universities in Spain, Italy, and Czech Republic that enable students to earn degrees in both common law and civil law, and lead to licensure in multiple jurisdictions.
Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, which houses the Law Center, has two courtrooms, recently upgraded with state-of-the-art technology, and is used by students in the school's trial advocacy and moot court programs as well as by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and state appellate court judges.
Law Library and Technology Center
The law library's collection is housed on three floors in a 43,000 square foot facility. The first floor houses the library's state collection and various Florida journals and periodicals, as well as the microfiche room. The first floor is also home to the library's Technical Services department and the International Programs department. The second floor contains the Circulation and Reference desks where visitors can find Study Guides, current periodicals and Reserved materials. The rest of the floor holds the Tax, Federal, Treaties, and General Collections. The second floor is also home to librarian and administrative offices. The third floor has the library's Burris Collection, admiralty materials, offices of the Nova Law Review, the IT department, and is home to the library's Federal and United Nations selective Depository. The Law Library and Technology Center became a selective U.S. Federal depository in 1982 and it collects approximately 15% of the publications that are available through the program and they offer online access to the resources as well. The Library has also been a U.N. depository of English language materials since 1997 and they offer access to both print and electronic resources.
Past and Present Deans
Peter W. Thornton, J.D. (Born 1919-Died 2009) (Founding Dean 1974-1975)
Ovid Lewis, J.D. (Born 1932-Died 2011)
Roger Abrams, J.D.
Joseph Harbaugh, J.D.
Athornia Steele, J.D.
Elena Langa, J.D. (Interim Dean, September 2013 - Present)
- Faculty NSU SBLC.Nova.edu.retrieved 12-10-2009
- Florida Bar Pass Rates Discourse.net.retrieved 12-10-2009
- Official ABA Data
- Nova Southeastern University. "Law Library & Technology Center". Retrieved 12 September 2013.