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.

“We have a curriculum into which we intentionally introduce much rigor in the first and second year, and then go full bore in the third year,” said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben. As one of the nation's longest-serving law school deans, Toben has led the law school for more than 25 years. “Princeton Review has described Baylor Law as the Marine Corps boot camp of law schools. It is for those who want to be put to the test.”

In addition to Baylor Law's strength in trial advocacy, every student gains experience in transactional practice through a required heavy three-year curriculum that provides a strong foundation in multiple practice areas. Transactional knowledge is then put to the test when transactional cases are integrated into the Practice Court Program.

Beyond the required courses, students can elect to deeper dive into specialized discipline areas through one of 15 professional tracks. Students may also focus on one of four special distinctions, which give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with professors through independent study courses or custom-designed transactional capstone courses. Additionally, a student may choose to apply for one of five dual-degree programs.

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.

“Our students are in the classroom 30 percent longer in our quarter system [compared to] a traditional semester program,” Toben said.

Located in Waco, Texas, 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, Estate Planning Special Distinction, Intellectual Property Special Distinction, Special Distinction in Litigation.

Dual degrees: JD/Master of Business Administration, JD/Master of Divinity, JD/ Master of Taxation, JD/Master of Public Policy and Administration, JD/Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Administration­

Admission Profile
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Spring: 11/15; Summer & Fall: 3/15
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75th Percentile1613.76
25th Percentile1553.29
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$24000
Percent receiving grants77.50%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 97.10%
NJ Employment89.4
Bar Passage80.70%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2016: Practical Training: 
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy