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Monday, October 14, 2013

Dean Dan Hamilton Writes Column for October Nevada Lawyer

Dan Hamilton is the Dean and Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

For the October 2013 issue of Nevada Lawyer, the State Bar of Nevada magazine, Dean Hamilton wrote the Dean's Column. Titled Lawyering Process at the Boyd School of Law, the column talks about how important it is in the legal field for students to be strong writers when they graduate from law school.

"Practicing lawyers tell me again and again that the most important skill a new lawyer needs is the ability to write well. Of course, I agree. No matter how much we emphasize 'thinking like a lawyer,' or how much we focus on helping our students refine their analytical abilities, it all comes to naught if they cannot effectively communicate their ideas in writing," Dean Hamilton wrote in the column.

Under the Lawyering Process Program at Boyd, students are required to complete nine graded credits of legal analysis, research, writing and skills training. Boyd's legal writing program tied for third in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 edition of the best graduate schools and specialty programs in the nation, released earlier this year.