Considering that UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law -- the only law school in Nevada -- has been in existence only 13 years, founding Dean Richard Morgan and current Dean John Valery White, who succeeded Mr. Morgan in 2007, can be rightly proud of the kind of national recognition the institution has gained.
The 450-student law school climbed to its highest position ever in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best law schools and specialty programs in the United States, released this week.
Boyd moved up seven spots to 71st, a 29-place improvement over the past four years.
That means UNLV's law school outranks those at Villanova, Hofstra, Rutgers and Louisiana State, among others.
"We have worked hard to maintain our strong, innovative programs throughout the economic crisis, and we are happy that our success is reflected in these rankings and others," says Mr. White. "We are proud of our work to provide students with an excellent legal education that emphasizes academic rigor, professionalism, skilled representation and community service."
Specifically, Boyd's Lawyering Process Program, which stresses the relationship between legal analysis and lawyering skills, including legal writing, research, oral advocacy, client interviewing, counseling and negotiation, is the fourth-ranked program of its kind nationwide.
UNLV's Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution is now ranked the nation's ninth-best dispute resolution program, and the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic ranked 22nd in clinical training.
The Boyd Law School is helping put Las Vegas on the map, academically.