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ADMISSIONS CATALOG Law and the society that it upholds are always changing. Thriving in this dynamic climate demands that lawyers not only understand theory, ethics, and legal doctrine, but also are 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 that national surveys also show that only a small fraction of attorneys feel th

At Baylor, we teach you how to practice law. We are more than just a graduate school focused on theoretical ideas we are 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 obje

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Small by Choice Intimate Classroom Experience Despite the volume of applications we receive each year, we make the choice to enroll approximately 50 students in the Spring, 30 in the Summer, and 80 in the Fall. By capping enrollment for entering students at about 160 highly qualified, diverse students, we ensure an outstanding experience for each individual and preserve the broader class dynamic. Because we keep the classes small, students a

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. Grad

BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS CATALOG 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, President of Baylor University, as our Law School faculty colleague. He holds the Ronnie L. Morrison Chair of Consitutional Law, the oldest endowed chair no

Why Baylor Law We Practice What We Teach Members of the Baylor Law faculty are accomplished scholars and practitioners, most with significant experience in fulltime practice before joining the faculty. While the primary commitment of Baylor Law professors is to teach, train, and mentor our students, they 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,

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law The Diversity of Our Student Body Baylor Law School students come from all walks of life, from an array of undergraduate institutions, and from all over the map. Yet with an enrollment of only about 400 students, Baylor Law School feels like a large, diverse family. Our professors, students, and administrators all recognize, support, and value each other. There are a number of ways that we celebrate diversity here at Baylor Law School. First and foremost, we c

Diverse Opportuntities There are a number of student organizations in which our students become involved. These organizations, under the umbrella of the Student Bar Association, range from political groups to legal specialty groups to religious groups to affinity groups. These groups, which host speakers, engage in service, and provide networking opportunities and career development, help broaden the perspective of Baylor Law students, of the Baylor Law community, and of the larger Baylor and th

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law Flexible Quarter System Youll find that the quarter system allows you to create an individualized roadmap for your degree with its inherent flexibility and creativity. BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL A Flexible Start 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 of the Fifth Circuit

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 Legal Profession 1 hour 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 hours th

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

Why Baylor Law FirstClass Facilities The quality of the building where you attend law school may not seem like a pressing issue right now. However, after spending more than a few hours in the building, 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 e

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Why Baylor Law Theory Practice The very nature of our small class size, experienced 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 American Bar Association recently added

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. Theyre not asking for money or promotions. All

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Curriculum Brief Baylor Law stands at the forefront of practiceoriented law schools, because it doesnt deviate from its singular mission to teach and equip lawyers to practice law effectively and ethically. The curriculum at Baylor Law is rigorous and intense but is purposed to train and produce outstanding lawyers. Coursework is designed to provide a logical progression of study from fundamental legal doctrine in the first year to more sophisticated and complex issues during

faculty and fellow students as possible. In their 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 their third years as they participate in our nationallyacclaimed Practice Court Program. By graduation, students will know what to expect when they walk into court and will be able to present themsel

ADMISSIONS CATALOG The Art of Persuasion A good lawyer is competent, prepared, and confident. Baylor Law believes that the tools addition, you learn 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 differe

the National Sports Law 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 also is 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 in order to graduate. So whether you go into litigation, any other practice area, o

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Public Service and Legal Aid Baylor Law students enter law school for numerous reasons, but many are drawn to the and recognize their contributions for the greater good. Most importantly, though, this program teaches students how to make time for pro bono service while managing a heavy courseload. These skills come into play postgraduation, when billable hours compete with pro bono and community involvement for your time, giving you a head start in finding a balance between w

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, and 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 by

BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS CATALOG Angela Cruseturner Assistant Dean of Career Development Daniel Hare Director of Career DevelopmentEmployee Relations Career Development Career development at Baylor Law doesnt start your third year, when you are thinking about the bar or considering where to live. Career development at Baylor Law 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 h

Life after Law School With the intimate size of our student body, Baylor Law alumni 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, New York Theresa Wang Washington, D.C. David Corbett Kingman, Arizona Kimberly Schroeder Bakersfield, California California State

ADMISSIONS CATALOG Top 10 Things We Love about Waco Baylor Law School is located in Waco, Texas, on the banks of the Brazos River. Life in Waco is a blend of quiet, laidback living and modern, urban appeal. Were an hour and a half from Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austinclose enough for a weekend 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. Cameron Park. We take it for granted, but

6. 1. 7. 9. Waco International Airport. You think were kidding, but were in love with this airport. The Waco Airport offers free parking and is less than 15 minutes from the Law School, relieving you of the hassle of flying out of larger airports. Flights from the Waco Airport take you to the DallasFort Worth aiport allowing you to travel internationally with the greatest of ease 7. Common Grounds. Waco has plenty of Starbucks, each with its own personality, but the locals love Common Grounds

ADMISSIONS CATALOG What Are You Waiting for Apply Now Application Deadlines Submit your application and other required materials as early as possible. Spring Quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 1 Fall Quarter Early Decision Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 1 Summer Quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL Sheila Walter Umphrey Law Center 1114 South University Parks Drive One Bear Place 97288 Waco, Texas 76798 The Best Belong at BAYLOR LAW. 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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