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Boyd Law School Gets Highest-Ever Ranking
Boyd Law School Gets Highest-Ever Ranking


UNLV’s law school earned its highest-evet rating from U.S. News & World Report this year, scoring just outside the upper third of programs.

Boyd School of Law ranked no. 68 out of 194 accredited law schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 edition of the best graduate schools and specialty programs. Boyd climbed eight spots from last year.

“For a school that is two years away from being old enough to drive, this upward trend in the rankings is nice to see,” said Nancy B. Rapoport, interim dean at Boyd. “Although we're naturally quite happy to see our ranking improve, it's important to remember that the reputation ranking is based on very small sample sizes – and that the reputation ranking accounts for 40 percent of a school’s total score.”

Boyd has ranked among the top 100 law schools for seven consecutive years. The law school also tied for third in the nation for its legal writing program, maintaining its position from last year. Boyd placed 11th in the dispute resolution rankings.

“What's particularly gratifying is that, unlike the ‘regular’ U.S. News rankings, the specialty rankings are based on the evaluations of our peers in those categories,” Rapoport said.

Among part-time law programs, UNLV's law school ranked no. 24 out of 82 accredited law schools. Fewer than half of the country's law schools offer part-time programs, which generally take four years to complete.