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BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONSCATALOG 2013 The Best Belong at Baylor

ADMISSIONS CATALOG BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Law and the society that it upholds are always changing. To thrive in this dynamic climate demands that a lawyer not only understand theory, ethics, and legal doctrine, but also be capable of navigating the challenges of any given case. A recent Carnegie Foundation report found that legal education pays relatively little attention to direct training in professional practice. It comes as no surprise, then, that national surveys also show th

BAYLO At Baylor, we teach you how to practice law. Were more than just a graduate school focused on theoretical ideas were a professional school that combines theory with practice and nurtures a commitment to service and responsibility. Our commitment to producing disciplined, caring, and ethical lawyers is demonstrated through our experienced and dedicated faculty, small class size, and rigorous curriculum integrated with practical, skillstraining exercises. Our faculty treasures our mission o

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Small by Choice Intimate Classroom Experience Despite the volume of applications we receive each yearmore than 4,500 submissionswe make the choice to enroll about 50 students in the spring quarter, 30 in the summer, and 80 in the fall. By capping enrollment for entering students at 160 highly qualified, diverse students, we ensure an outstanding experience for each individual and preserve the broader class dynamic. Because

BAYLO Were turning out leaders here whether youre going into trial work, Congress, transactional work or business. Were not interested in turning out paper pushers. Were interested in turning out people who make a difference. Well teach you how to persuade, how to take a stand. Professor Jim Wren Making a Difference, Together Alumni Connections after Law School Our smaller class size allows students to build a camaraderie with peers, an important factor for success during and after law school

ADMISSIONS CATALOG BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Judge Ken Starr Dean Brad Toben says, Judge Starr has it alla commanding intellect, a gracious and affirming demeanor, a distinguished record not only in the legal profession, but also in higher education, and a faith commitment that is demonstrable. Baylor Law School is honored to have Judge Ken Starr as our Law School faculty colleague. Judge Starr has served as the president of Baylor University since 2010 and as a member of the law fac

Why Baylor Law BAYLO We Practice What We Teach Members of the Baylor faculty are accomplished scholars and practitioners, most with significant experience in fulltime practice before joining the faculty. While the primary commitment of Baylor professors is to teach, train and mentor our students, we recognize the importance of maintaining a close connection to the profession and the practice of law. Faculty members are recognized by the practicing bar as experts in their respective fields, and

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law The Diversity of our Student Body BAYLOR diverse family representing more than 35 states and 150 undergraduate institutions. LAW SCHOOL but were a With a small enrollment of about 420 students, Baylor Law School often feels like family We actively welcome and strive for a wideranging student body, and were the proud sum of all our parts. Baylor Law is deeply committed to diversity, arising from our belief that classroom discussions are livelier, more spirited,

Representing over 150 Undergraduate Institutions Abilene Christian University American University Angelo State University Arizona State University Auburn University Austin College Ball State University Baylor University Belmont University Boston College Boston University Brigham Young University Brown University Carroll College Christendom College Christian Brothers University Colorado State University Concordia University Converse College Cornell University Creighton University DePauw Universit

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law Flexible Quarter System BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Youll find the quarter system allows you to create an individualized roadmap for your degree with its inherent flexibility and creativity. BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Start When You Want. We offer three entering classesspring, summer, and fallwith the full range of courses offered each quarter. This gives you the flexibility to start your law studies at a time thats ideal for you. Tom Jacob clerked for Judge Will Garwood on

BAYLO All students must complete the required firstyear curriculum prior to enrolling in upperclass courses. A Look at Your First Year FALL STARTERS first quarter fall LARC Part I 1.5 hours Civil Procedure 4 hours Contracts I 4 hours Torts I 4 hours Intro to the Law 1 hour Legal Profession total . . . . . . . . . . . 14.5 hours second quarter winter LARC Part II 1.5 hours Property I 4 hours Contracts II 4 hours Criminal Law 3 hours Torts II 3 hours total . . . . . . . . . . . 15.5 h

ADMISSIONS CATALOG BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Baylor Law Schools law library sits on the banks of the Brazos River. It provides plenty of calm and quiet places for focused study, even during busy finals week. 10

Why Baylor Law BAYLO First Class Facilities The campus building where you attend law school may not seem like a pressing issue right now. But after spending more than a few hours in the library, amid fluorescent sticky notes, ear plugs and highlighters, you will grow to appreciate the Sheila Walter Umphrey Law Center as one of the finest law school facilities in the nation. The threelevel, 128,000squarefoot building houses spacious, comfortable classrooms, professional courtrooms, an extensiv

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law Theory Practice The very nature of our small class size, BAYLOR LAW SCHOOLexperienced faculty and practical curriculum will provide you with numerous opportunities to develop and sharpen the skills youll need as a practicing lawyer. Though only now becoming a trend at other schools, this marriage of theory and practice has been part of Baylor Laws philosophy of teaching for decades. Recognizing the importance of practical training, the ABA recently added a pr

95 Bar Passage Rate The best results of combining theory practice An unmatched bar passage rate among all Texas law schools Ed Cloutman, Jaworski Scholar Twelve AfricanAmerican workers for a major company were being harassed on the job. Coworkers were scrawling obscenities on their lockers someone even threw a homemade noose over one of the workers platforms. The company would not take any action to stop the abuse, so the workers filed a suit. Interestingly, theyre not asking for money or p

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Curriculum Brief Baylor stands at the forefront of practiceoriented law schools because plans at other institutions, Baylors curriculum requires concerted learning from you throughout all three years of law school. As a result, you will enter the workforce confident in your theoretical knowledge of law and experienced in the practical applications of all you have learned. First year students learn the basic principles of legal theory, legal writing and research, and appellate

BAYLO 80 in the fall to allow for as much interaction with faculty and fellow students as possible. In the second and third years, students are exposed to increasingly complicated and technical issues as they move closer to graduation and the need to be prepared to handle the complexities of modern law practice. Students practical training intensifies in the third year as they participate in our nationallyacclaimed Practice Court Program. By graduation, you will know what to expect when you wa

ADMISSIONS CATALOG The Art of Persuasion confident. LAW believes that the BAYLORBaylor Law SCHOOLtools A good lawyer is competent, prepared, and the techniques of presenting a case before a jury so that upon graduation, you can step into a courtroom knowing that you are ready to try a case on your own. Most importantly, you learn how to be selfassured, poised, and confident in any practice area. No matter where you end up in your career and life, you will be ready and able to make a difference.

BAYLO Negotiation Competition. Because of its standing as one of the top advocacy programs in the nation, Baylor Law is consistently invited to the prestigious Tournament of Champions. Baylor Law School is also proud to host an elite trial advocacy competition, the National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition. Every student at Baylor Law is required to successfully complete the Practice Court Program to graduate. So whether you go into litigation, any other practice area, or another profession altog

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Public Service and Legal Aid reasons, but many are drawn to the idea BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL of joining Baylor students enter law school for numerous to the greater good. Most importantly, though, BearPAWS teaches students how to make time for pro bono service while managing a heavy courseload. These skills come into crucial play postgraduation, when billable hours compete with pro bono and community involvement for your time. BearPAWS will give you a head start in finding balance

BAYLO Ask yourself, Am I prepared to serve others As lawyers, we meet people in their hour of greatest need. Their family interests may be at stake, their property, their business, maybe even their civil liberties. Theyre scared, worried, anxious, and they will come to you for answers and solutions they can trust. At Baylor Law, we view the legal profession as a service profession. We aim to raise you to such a level of experience and expertise that you will never be surprised, never be daunted

ADMISSIONS CATALOG BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Angela Cruseturner, Director of Career Development Career Development Career development at Baylor Law doesnt start your third year, when youre thinking about the bar or considering where to live. Career development at Baylor starts on day one, with intensive classes, oneonone interaction with faculty, and a personal understanding that you have three years to shape yourself into a highly desirable potential hire. Beyond all the learning a

BAYLO Life after Law School With the intimate size of our student body, Baylor Law alums enjoy tight connections with their friendsturnedcolleagues all across the country. Whether working in private practice, legal aid, government, or corporate legal departments, youll find a close network of Baylor Law alumni to call for advice and referrals. Steven Einhorn New York, NY California State Polytechnic University Baylor Law School NYU LLM in tax Proskauer Rose LLP in Employee Benefits and Executi

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Financial Aid 1. 2. 3. As such, we take our seriously BAYLOR LAWresponsibility educationto be goodWe can directyour tuition dollars to provide SCHOOL possible. stewards of you to a variety of loan you the most thorough, usable law An education at Baylor Law is an intangible investment in yourself and in your future. options for which you can apply. Complete the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.gov. Be Step 1. School code 003545. Of special note, all studentssure to include Baylors Tit

BAYLO Federal Work Study Students can apply for workstudy positions across the entire Baylor campus and may work up to 20 hours per week after their first year. Generous Scholarship and Fellowship Programs We are committed to educating the brightest, most capable, and diverse students, with due consideration given to those who have overcome challenges and excelled despite these hardships. To this end, our generous scholarship program is designed to promote these goals. Deans Academic Excellen

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Top 10 things we love about Waco BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL urban appeal. Were an hour and a half between Dallas, blend of quiet, laidback living with modern, Baylor Law School is located in Waco, Texas, on the banks of the Brazos River. Life in Waco is a Fort Worth, and Austinclose enough for a weeknight roadtrip, but far enough to not distract you from your studies. Even so, theres plenty to love in Waco itself. Check out some of our favorites BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL 1. Big 12 Sports. O

BAYLO 6. 7. 9. 7. Cameron Park. We take it for granted, but weve got one of the largest municipal parks in Texas with 416 acres of natural beauty. Its winding with hike and bike trails, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts from hours away. Youll find all the gear you need at Wacos newest outdoor shop, the Bear Mountain, owned by a mountainbiking Baylor grad. 9. Common Grounds. Waco has plenty of Starbucks, each with their own personality, but the locals love Common Ground

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Applying to Baylor Law School admission BAYLORprocess are SCHOOL LAW an applicants cumulative undergraduate grade point average and LSAT score. Baylor Law Schools admission process is highly selective. The most important factors in the The Admissions Committee also takes into consideration such factors as letters of recommendation, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, work experience, other evidence of maturity, and a strong work ethic, as well as the ability to

BAYLO We really will read your Personal Statement. We encourage all applicants to submit a Personal Statement, which should be approximately two to three pages in length, doublespaced. You may use a Personal Statement that you prepared for another school or already have on file, but it must be a product of your own work and be prepared without the assistance of other persons or professional writing services. Be sure to include your name and LSAC account number on each page of your Personal Stat

ADMISSIONS CATALOG What are you waiting for Apply Now Application Deadlines Submit your application and other required materials as early as possible. Fall Quarter 2013 SCHOOL BAYLOR LAW Early Decision Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 1, 2012 Spring Quarter 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 1, 2012 Summer Quarter 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The best belong at BAYLOR. Baylor University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

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