Why Hire a Boyd Lawyer
By the Numbers
The 139 students in the 2012 entering class were selected from 1,045 applicants. The top quarter of the entering class had GPAs of 3.70 or greater and LSAT scores of 161 or above. With an age range of 21-50, many of our students come with exceptional experiences and prior careers.
Recent Student Accomplishments
Some notable recent accomplishments by Boyd students include:
- At the 2012 American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, a team of Boyd students won the regional round, which included competitors from California, Arizona and Hawaii.
- In the 2012 Wagner Employment Law Moot Court Competition, a team of three Boyd students won the 2nd place “Best Brief” award.
- In the 2011 Ruby Vale National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, a team of three Boyd students made it to the final round of competition, out of 24 national teams.
- In November 2010, students of the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic scored an important Ninth Circuit victory with a published opinion in Dent v. Holder, 627 F.3d 365 (2010). Boyd students filed more than 100 pages of appellate briefs and logged more than 1,000 hours of work on the case. A third-year Boyd student argued the case before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit.
Nationally Recognized Practical Skills Training
The Boyd School of Law has a number of nationally recognized programs which prepare students for legal practice.
- Lawyering Process Program - Ranked 3rd in the Nation by the 2014 U.S. News & World Report - During this required three-semester program, students develop skills in legal research, analysis and writing as well as oral advocacy, client interviewing, counseling, and negotiation.
- Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution - Ranked 11th in the Nation by the 2014 U.S. News & World Report - This program provides law students with professional training in the theory and practice of dispute resolution and provides information and educational opportunities to facilitate the resolution of public and private sector disputes imbued with the public interest.
- Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic - This innovative, interdisciplinary program gives student attorneys the chance to work under faculty supervision to provide high-quality representation to children, youths, and adults. Clinical areas include appellate, family justice, immigration, and juvenile justice.
- Society of Advocates - Through this co-curricular organization, students represent the school in national and international interscholastic advocacy competitions. Students receive advanced training in oral advocacy, negotiation and counseling skills, complex analysis and writing. This scholastic preparation transfers to the assignments students receive when they begin to practice. Our students have the confidence and experience to formulate complex arguments, competently advise a client, and negotiate effectively on behalf of a client.