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Shepard Broad Law Center
Location Davie, FL, US
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Shepard Broad Law Center is located in Davie, FL

Exterior of Goodwin Sr. Hall - Home of Shepard Broad Law Center

Shepard Broad Law Center, founded in 1974, is the law school of Nova Southeastern University. The Law Center is housed in Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, located on Nova Southeastern University's main campus in Davie, Florida and is named after university founder Shepard Broad.The Law Center hosts over 1,000 students in both its day and evening programs. There is a full time faculty of 50, in addition to 65 adjuncts, many of whom are local judges. The Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association.


Since the arrival of Dean Joseph Harbaugh there has been increased minority enrollment and retention with a patent pending alternative admission program: Online AAMPLE®. The Law Center is ranked 16th most diverse school by US News & World Report, a Top Five Law School for Hispanic Students (by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education), a Top Ten (by Hispanic Business), 8th in Hispanic JDs, and 43rd in African American JDs (by Black Issues in Higher Education).


Shepard Broad Law Center has twice been named as the "Most Wired Law School" in the United States by National Jurist magazine, a trade periodical aimed at law school students, most recently in 2006.[1] All students are required to purchase a notebook computer for use in their legal education. Most exams taken by students are done so via their notebook computers.


Juris Doctor Program

The curriculum for a Juris Doctor degree not only includes traditional legal theories such as contracts, criminal law, civil procedure, and property, but also provides an emphasis on clinical programs and practice. The Critical Skills Program was implemented in order to boost law school and bar exam taking skills. The Lawyering Skills and Values program was implemented in order to give students exposure to relevant skills lawyers use in the everyday practice of law.

Master's of Science in Education Law

The M.S.E.D.L Program is a two-year, master’s degree program meant for the non-lawyer. It is designed for education professionals. It involves teaching the skills necessary to effectively identify, understand and deal with the intricate set of legal issues that can arise in the education system today. It revolves around federal legislation such as FERPA, IDEA, HIPAA, and No Child Left Behind and the interrelationship between theory and practice.

Master's of Science in Health Law

The M.S.H.L programis meant for the non lawyer. The two-year master's degree program is catered toward health care practitioners, administrators, members of the insurance and managed care industries, public policy advocates, and others involved in health care. The program studies the issues, processes and concepts that determine the framework and function of American health care law. The program is taught by experts in the interrelationships of the practice of law and professional health care, and it is intensely focused on the significant role of the law in health care delivery, regulation, management and public policy.

Joint Degree Programs

Through parnerships with other graduate schools at Nova Southeastern, multiple graduate degrees can be obtained in an accelerated amount of time. The following joint degrees are available through the Law Center:

  • Business or Public Administration - J.D./MBA program
  • Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences—J.D./M.S. in Computer and Information Science fields of study
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences— J.D./M.S. or Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning - J.D./M.U.R.P

International Programs

"The Shepard Broad Law Center has signed an agreement with Universita “Ca Foscari” di Venezia in Venice, Italy to create a dual degree program from which students will obtain degrees from NSU and the University of Venice. NSU law students will study for a semester in Venice after completing a year of study at NSU and then return to Italy after they graduate from NSU to spend another year to complete their Italian law degree."[2] The Law Center has also recently created a dual degree program with the University of Barcelona in Spain. This dual degree will enable practice anywhere within the European Union, Latin America, and the United States.

Student Organizations

The Law Center has an active student life. Traditional events include "Parents and Partners Day" and the "Barristar's Ball." There is many honor organizations such as Law Review, the Moot Court Honor Society, the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, and the International Citator and Research Project. In addition there are numerous clubs including American Constitution Society, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Black Law Students Association, Caribbean Law Students Association, Celtic American Society, Christian Legal Society, Environmental Law Society, Federal Bar Association, Federalist Society, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Hispanic Law Student Association, Italian American Law Students Association, International Law Students Association, Jewish Law Students Association]], National Security and Law Society, Public Interest Law Society Student Chapter, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the legal fraternity Phi Alpha Delta.

Goodwin Lecture Series

Shepard Broad hosts a yearly lecture series dealing with a plethora of topics in the law. Each lecture series focuses on one general topic, with the invited speakers choosing for themselves how their lecture will involve the series' general focus. Notable speakers include Anita Hill, Catherine McKinnon, Deanell Reece Tacha, Nadine Strossen, Timothy O'Brien, Drew Days, Nina Totenberg, Ira Glasser, Lisa Scottoline, Jean Bertrand Aristide, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Barrett Seaman, Gretchen Morgenson, Aulana Peters, and Issac Hunt. The series is named for university founder Leo Goodwin, Sr. and paid for by an endowment through The Goodwin Foundation.

List of Past and Presents SBLC Deans

Ovid Lewis, J.D.

Joseph Harbaugh, J.D. (xxxx-Present)

External links

  1. "[1]About Shepard Broad", November 2006
  2. "[2]Shepard Broad International Program" November 2006