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UNLV law school climbs 16 spots in national rankings

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UNLV Boyd School of Law Dean Daniel Hamilton speaks during his installation ceremony Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

UNLV law students rejoice!

The Boyd School of Law climbed 16 spots in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 rankings, which were released today.

It now sits at a respectable 67 out of 198 accredited law schools, the highest it has ever ranked.

UNLV is tied with three other universities for the position: the University of Denver, University of Kansas and University of Oklahoma.

Several of the school's programs also held on to their positions on the list, including the ninth-ranked Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, which has been in the top 12 for nine years. The school's part-time program ranked 22nd while the legal writing specialty maintained its ranking at third.

"We couldn't be prouder of the achievements of our faculty, students and alumni over the past 16 years as we’ve built a first-rate public law school. We are glad to see our ranking go up, but our main goal is to build a better law school every day," Boyd dean Daniel Hamilton said in a statement.

Boyd also placed 43rd in the group's law school diversity index, moving up five spots.

The yearly report takes into account a variety of factors, including acceptance rate, new students' standardized test scores, expert opinion and other degree-specific metrics.

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