Juris Doctor Program

General

Program Description

Students begin their Boyd education with essential core classes in civil procedure, criminal law, constitutional law, legal writing, contracts, property and torts. These courses provide a strong groundwork in the theory and practice of law.

Broad Choices

In the final two years of study, students pursue more specific interests, such as environmental, immigration, real estate, or gaming law.

Because one size does not fit all, we offer full-time and part-time Juris Doctor programs that meet the diverse needs of our students. Prospective students must select and apply to the program of their choice.

Full-Time 

  • Three-year, day program 
  • Classes held Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 12 to 16 credit hours per semester

Part-Time Day

  • Four-year, day program
  • Classes held Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 8 to 11 credit hours per semester

Part-Time Evening

  • Four-year, evening program
  • Classes held Monday through Thursday; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 8 to 11 credit hours per semester
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The mission of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is to serve the State of Nevada and the national and international legal and academic communities by developing and maintaining an innovative and ... Read More

The mission of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is to serve the State of Nevada and the national and international legal and academic communities by developing and maintaining an innovative and excellent educational program that will train ethical and effective lawyers and leaders for Nevada and for the legal profession; to stress community service, professionalism and the roles, responsibilities, skills, and values of lawyers; to produce excellent scholarship for the benefit of the State, the profession, and the academy; to involve students and faculty in community service projects in ways that will benefit our State; and to provide leadership for Nevada on important issues of public policy, dispute resolution, the law and legal practice. In seeking to fulfill this mission, the Boyd School of Law aspires to become a model community, one in which the people of the law school will deal with one another professionally, respectfully, and with a view to maximizing the potential of each participant in this exciting educational enterprise. Read less