Baylor University School of Law

Baylor University School of Law

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Baylor Law 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. This intensive program provides each law student 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. The Practice Court Program 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 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. All students are required to take transactional drafting, trusts and estates, two sections of contracts, and taxation and accounting principles for lawyers. 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 the Practice Court Program. 

Beyond the required courses, every student has the option to dive deeper into a specialized discipline area through one of 15 professional tracks. A Student may also focus on one of seven special distinctions, which gives him/her 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 (February,May, and August). Between 80 and 95 students matriculate in the Fall term, and between 30 and 40 students matriculate in each of the Spring and Summer terms. If they have the flexibility to do so, applicants are encouraged to apply to multiple terms. Each quarter lasts nine weeks, and each class lasts 70 minutes.

In 2019, Baylor Law had a 98.08% ultimate bar passage rate, putting the law school in the top 15 schools in the nation. For employment, it ranked No. 27 in the nation, with an 95.28 percent employment rate.

The law school building was recently ranked as one of the top 20 facilities in the nation and is directly across the Brazos River from the Baylor football stadium.  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 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, and Real Estate & Natural Resources.

Special distinctions: Business Planning, Commercial Law, Criminal Practice, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, Public Interest Law, and 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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Alternative Dispute Resolution
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