You cannot think of Nevada without thinking about Las Vegas. The city lights, the excitement and the open all-night buffets. In addition to its larger than life reputation, Las Vegas is home to Nevada's only law school. However, Nevada is not just about Las Vegas, this high desert state contains parks with spectacular red sandstone rock formations, impressive mountain ranges, limestone caves, and pristine lakes. There are old western towns from the silver mining days and quirky modern additions of towns near Area 51. If going to law school in Las Vegas is in the cards for you, then you are going to find a lot more to do in Nevada, than just what is offered on the Strip.
The University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Law is, of course, located in Las Vegas, the largest city in Nevada. The city is located in the south western part of Nevada, near the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. The city offers the seductive charms of 24-hour gambling and entertainment. The law student will have to be disciplined and say no to the siren song of the bright lights in order to get through the heavy work load of legal studies, but if you are up for the challenge, Las Vegas offers an exciting world of opportunities.
The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas ("UNLV School of Law") is a fairly young school having opened its doors in 1998. The school is on the small side with approximately 300 full-time students and about 100 part-time students. The American Bar Association lists UNLV School of Law as one of its approved schools. The ABA required disclosures show a historical LSAT acceptance score that ranges from 153 to 159. Tuition for the school is at the mid-point range. Bar pass rates for first-time takers averages about 74% for the last several years for the Nevada Bar Exam. U.S News and World Report lists UNLV School of Law as a second tier school on its Best Law Schools list.
The Nevada law school offers full-time and part-time Juris Doctorate Programs. Students begin their legal studies at the school with the core legal classes of civil procedure, criminal law, constitutional law, legal writing, contracts, property and torts. In addition to these required classes, UNLV School of Law students are also required to take a year and half of the "Lawyering Process" which focuses on assignments that mimic real legal work, such as interview clients, writing opinions, and writing court motions.
The school has certificate programs for concentrations in Dispute Resolution; Health Law; Intellectual Property Law; and Workplace Law. In addition, there are legal clinics and a special Kids' Court School to help law students begin to learn the craft of lawyering while providing legal services and education to the surrounding communities.
UNLV School of Law offers dual programs: JD and MBA programs; JD and Social Work; and JD and PhD in Education. The school also offers an LL.M in Gaming Law and Regulation and has more gaming courses than any other law school in the United States. You will be able to start taking these classes in your second and third years of school.
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