William S. Boyd School of Law

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William S. Boyd School of Law
Parent school University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Established 1998
School type Public
Dean Daniel W. Hamilton
Location Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Faculty http://law.unlv.edu/faculty.html
Website http://www.law.unlv.edu/

The William S. Boyd School of Law is a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. It is located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is the only law school in Nevada. 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 470 students. It also awards dual degrees, including the Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA), the Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work (JD/MSW), and the Juris Doctor and Doctor of Philosophy in Education (JD/PhD). 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.[1] 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.

In its 2013 publication, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Boyd School of Law as one of the top 100 law schools in the United States.[2] Additionally, the school's legal writing program is ranked 3rd and the dispute resolution program is ranked 11th. The law school's part-time program is ranked 24th in the country.[2]

According to the Boyd School of Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 63.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[3]


In 1997, then Governor Robert 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 Law School opened its doors to 140 charter class students and the school moved into its permanent facilities in August, 2002.[5] 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.[6] In January 2004, the William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas joined the Association of American Law Schools.[7] In 2001, the Nevada Law Journal published its inaugural issue.[8] In 2010, the UNLV Gaming Law Journal published its inaugural issue.

The current dean of Boyd School of Law is Daniel W. Hamilton.

Wiener-Rogers Law Library[edit]

As the largest law library in the State, and the only one that supports the research needs of the academic community, the practicing bar, and the general public, the Wiener-Rogers Law Library serves diverse communities and plays an important role in ensuring the availability and accessibility of law-related materials across the State. The Law Library maintains comprehensive collections of federal and state materials, and representative collections of foreign and international sources. The Law Library is both a selective federal government and European Union depository. Its documentary film collection, numbering close to 3,000 titles, is among the largest such collections in academic law libraries across the country. The Library’s Scholarly Commons serves as the digital archive of the Law School, making faculty and student scholarship, including the Nevada Law Journal and UNLV Gaming Law Journal, freely available to the public.

The Law Library is developing special collections that highlight Nevada jurisprudence and its history and document both the civil rights movement in the State and the contributions of African-American lawyers in Nevada.

Saltman Center[edit]

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution was established in 2003 at the William S. Boyd School of Law in order to provide a venue for advanced study of the nature of conflict and the methods through which conflicts may be resolved. The Center places particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and resolving disputes. In particular the Center offers a variety of courses to teach law students how best to represent clients using such processes as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The Center’s Strasser Mediation Clinic provides students with the opportunity to serve as a neutral mediator and help community members try to resolve their disputes. The Saltman Summer Institute courses are open to students from other law schools and to lawyers and other professionals as well.

In addition to teaching Boyd law students, the Center hosts scholarly presentations and sponsors continuing education programs and public forums. Past presenters have included distinguished dispute resolution scholars, as well as prominent practitioners. The Center collaborates with the Nevada Law Journal, Boyd Law School’s academic journal, to publish a variety of articles arising from these activities.

In conjunction with the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the Boyd School of Law, the Saltman Center has developed a collection of library materials devoted to conflict resolution. This diverse array of research materials is available for use by students, academics, legal practitioners, and the public.

Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic[edit]

The Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic is an interdisciplinary law office in which specially licensed law students work with graduate level education and psychology students under the supervision of law faculty, to represent and advocate for child and adult clients in a variety of legal matters including child welfare, family justice, appellate, innocence, education advocacy, juvenile justice and immigration. It was named in honor of philanthropists E. Parry Thomas and Jerome D. Mack.[9]

The Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic operates on an attorney-centered model in which education and psychology students and faculty are part of the legal team. Students work collaboratively with faculty and students from other clinics to help identify and address their clients’ problems holistically and appropriately. Law students are expected to take the lead in all aspects of client representation, including primary responsibility for developing and maintaining the attorney-client relationship, formulating case strategy, and conducting fact investigation, legal research, and trial work.

A mediation clinic in conjunction with the Saltman Center for Dispute Resolution opened in Spring 2009.

Nevada Law Journal[edit]

The Nevada Law Journal (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.[10]


The Boyd School of Law has drawn scholars and teachers from law schools at the Universities of Illinois, Indiana, Florida State, Louisiana State, South Carolina, Houston and Arizona State as well as junior scholars and teachers[citation needed]. Faculty members have graduated from highly ranked law schools such as Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Michigan, Duke, Pennsylvania, Columbia, U.C. Berkeley, Texas, U.C. Hastings, UCLA, Arizona and Southern California[citation needed]. Many have clerked for federal judges, on the district courts and the Courts of Appeals[citation needed].

Members of the current law school faculty have authored or co-authored more than 220 books and written more than 800 articles and book chapters.


According to the Boyd School of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 63.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[3] The Boyd School of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 13.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[11]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the Boyd School of Law for the 2013-2014 academic year is $34,900 for non-residents and $23,900 for residents.[12] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $225,373 for non-residents and $189,202 for residents.[13]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b U.S. News & World Report website
  3. ^ a b "Employment Statistics" (PDF). 
  4. ^ a b Richard J. Morgan, The Establishment of the William S. Boyd School of Law, 36 U. TOL. L. REV. 133 (2004).
  5. ^ Id.; Richard Morgan, A Very Good Year, Nev. Law., May 2006, at 36.
  6. ^ Id.
  7. ^ Id. See also Association of American Law Schools website.
  8. ^ Jason Frierson & J. Wade Kelson (eds.), Annual Survey of Nevada Law 1999, 1 NEV. L.J. 345 (2001).
  9. ^ UNLV Foundation: A Conversation with Joyce Mack, May 13, 2013
  10. ^ Robert M. Jarvis & Phyllis Coleman, Ranking Law Reviews by Author Prominence--Ten Years Later, 99 LAW LIBR. J. 573 (2007).
  11. ^ "University of Nevada-Las Vegas Profile". 
  12. ^ "Fast Facts". 
  13. ^ "University of Nevada-Las Vegas Profile". 

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