Baylor University School of Law

Baylor University School of Law

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Baylor Law School has been producing practice-ready law school graduates long before the American Bar Association called for more hands-on training. Since the 1920s, students at Baylor Law have participated in the law school’s required Practice Court Program.

The intensive program provides law students with the experience of trying a case from beginning to end, including pre-trial preparation, motions, depositions, jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments. That has contributed to the school earning an A- for practical training.

“We have a curriculum that is intentionally rigorous in the first and second years, and then goes full bore in the third year,” said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben. “Practice Court teaches the skills of trial practice, but in a broader sense it develops in students the art and science of advocacy, as we are all advocates in virtually every venue or endeavor in which we find ourselves. Regardless of their eventual venue of practice and service, we want our Baylor Lawyers prepared to manage their time well under pressure, prepared to organize the details of complex undertakings, and ultimately be prepared to lead, whether it be the courtroom, the boardroom, or in public service.”

In addition to Baylor Law's strength in trial advocacy, students get experience in transactional practice through a required three-year curriculum that provides a strong foundation in multiple transactional practice areas. The Waco, Texas school is also dedicated to ensuring that graduates are strong written advocates. The writing program is integrated into the curriculum and spans all three years, including through the Practice Court program. 

Beyond the required courses, students can dive deeper into specialized discipline areas through one of 15 professional tracks. Students may also focus on one of four special distinctions, which give them the opportunity to work one-on-one with professors through independent study courses or custom-designed transactional capstone courses. 

Baylor Law is distinctive in that it operates on a quarter system, with three entering classes each year in August, February and May. Around 80 students matriculate in the Fall term, and between 30 and 40 students in the Spring and Summer terms. Applicants are encouraged to apply concurrently to all three admissions periods. Each quarter lasts 9 weeks, and classes last 70 minutes – longer than at most law schools.

Baylor Law has the highest ultimate bar passage rate in the nation, at 100 percent. For employment, it ranks No. 21 in the nation, with an 88.68 percent rate.

The law school building is one of the best facilities in the nation, and directly across the Brazos River from the Baylor football stadium.  Baylor Law is by choice one of the smallest law schools in the nation. Since its founding in 1857, it has remained a private and faith-based law school that promotes a commitment to service and responsibility in the community.

Professional tracks: Administrative Practice, Business Litigation, Business Planning, Criminal Law Practice, Commercial Law, Estate Planning, Family Law Practice, Fiduciary Litigation, General Civil Litigation, Healthcare Law, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Public Interest Law, Real Estate & Natural Resources.

Special distinctions: Business Planning Special Distinction, Commercial Law Special Distinction,Criminal Practice Special Distinction, Estate Planning Special Distinction, Intellectual Property Special Distinction, Public Interest Law Special Distinction, Special Distinction in Litigation.

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75th Percentile1613.76
25th Percentile1553.29
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$27000
Percent receiving grants85.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 93.00%
NJ Employment88.68
Bar Passage91.67%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Real Estate Transactions
Trial Advocacy