NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Ranked Nationally for Legal Research and Writing, Trial Advocacy and Health Law

NSU Law ranked nationally for Legal Research and Writing, Trial Advocacy and Health Law.

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla.Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program has been ranked 18th nationally by U.S. News & World Report specialty rankings. Its Trial Advocacy Program moved up more than 50 spots and is now ranked 50th nationally, while the Health Law Program is ranked 54th nationally and is tied for the highest ranked program in Florida. In addition, the NSU Law Part-Time Law program is now ranked in the top 50 Law Schools.

“Our faculty, across multiple areas, have developed exemplary national programs in these important, practice ready specialties,” said Debra Vollweiler, Interim Dean of the law school. “They bring their national expertise into the classroom and community on a daily basis.”

These successes are due to the teaching, scholarship, and broad interdisciplinary engagement of the NSU Law faculty and staff and NSU leadership. As experts in their field, the faculty in these programs continue to focus on student success through engaging research and national symposiums, conferences and publications.

Legal Research and Writing (LRW) offers a student-centered approach to legal writing instruction that integrates legal analysis with practical skills and professionalism. Our exceptional LRW faculty members, led by Dean Olympia Duhart, have diverse practice expertise and are active leaders with the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition to LRW, faculty members teach a wide array of courses, including experiential and doctrinal classes. Like all NSU Law faculty, they pride themselves on their commitment to student and community involvement.

NSU Law’s trial advocacy program highlights the impact of a litigation and dispute resolution programs dedicated to developing professional writing and oral communication skills. NSU Law students hone their professional skills to meet the challenges of the modern legal practice. An effective mix of specialized skills courses, clinical and field placement and extracurricular offerings, and students’ determination, dedication, success in written briefs, in trials settings, and in appellate settings set them apart. NSU Law advocacy programs are successful because of the dedication and inspiration of the alumni community, coaches and preeminent faculty. This training assures the legal community that NSU Law graduates – and their new employees – have the knowledge, skills, and values that are at the heart of becoming trusted, highly adept, professional lawyers who are respected for serving clients, their communities, and justice.

The Health Law program at NSU continues to emphasize the main areas of the health law practice and offers a diverse and varied curriculum for students to become health law practitioners and policy makers. NSU Law focuses on interprofessional collaboration with the NSU health professions colleges in providing engaging research between disciplines as well as commitment to community efforts to effect legislative issues.


For more information about the programs, please contact Kathleen Perez at Kperez1@nova.edu.


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About Shepard Broad College of Law: Nova Southeastern University’s College of Law offers a cutting edge, skills-centered academic program in three-year full-time and four-year part-time divisions. With its recently redeveloped clinical programs, every NSU Law student is guaranteed a live-client experience. In-house clinical studies are supplemented by full-time field placement opportunities practicing law in Florida, across the United States, or select locations throughout the globe. To solidify student success after graduation, NSU Law pioneered a curriculum on the business of lawyering through the NSU Law Leadership Academy. NSU Law students have a myriad of curricular opportunities, including a rich, diverse curriculum, concentrations in International Law, Health Law or IP, Technology and Cybersecurity; dual degree programs abroad in Rome, Barcelona, or Prague; dual degree programs at many of NSU’s other 17 colleges; and much more.  For more information, please visit law.nova.edu.


About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): At NSU, students don’t just get an education, they get the competitive edge they need for real careers, real contributions and real life. A dynamic, private research university, NSU is providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree levels. Established in 1964, the university includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center (early childhood education) with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, one of Florida’s largest public libraries. NSU students learn at our campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and online globally. Classified as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit www.nova.edu for more information.


May 12, 2020


Tasha Yohan