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Baylor University School of Law

The curriculum at Baylor Law is structured to provide a logical progression of legal study from fundamental legal doctrines in first-year courses to increasingly more sophisticated and complex issues in second- and third-year courses. You will find the broad exposure to legal fundamentals and the well-rounded education and training of our curriculum teaches you to be an outstanding lawyer-one who is prepared to pass the bar exam and is sought after by legal employers, including top law firms, business corporations, government and the judiciary.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 405
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 163
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.23 - 3.72
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 95.1%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.07%
Tuition $46,420

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Overview

About Baylor University School of Law

The curriculum at Baylor Law is structured to provide a logical progression of legal study from fundamental legal doctrines in first-year courses to increasingly more sophisticated and complex issues in second- and third-year courses. You will find the broad exposure to legal fundamentals and the well-rounded education and training of our curriculum teaches you to be an outstanding lawyer-one who is prepared to pass the bar exam and is sought after by legal employers, including top law firms, business corporations, government and the judiciary.

Reviews

Baylor University’s Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center’s reputation for being a “tough school” is complemented by its stature as an “excellent school” with “one of the most rigorous [law] courses in the state.” Students report that Baylor Law does a good job of preparing them “for the real world by teaching the law, practical lawyering skills, and professionalism.” “We learn how to write well, how to research efficiently and effec­tively, and we most definitely learn how to advocate,” says a 1L. “It’s the greatest school for future trial lawyers.” The “phenomenal” faculty has “a genuine interest in ensuring students know and understand the material,” but they “can be tough” and “expect students to be well-prepared for every class.” With a reputation as “the Marine Corps of law schools,” Baylor students take comfort in the fact that with great effort comes great reward. “Throughout lectures, the professors strike the perfect balance of teaching legal theory and practice,” says a 2L. “And this balance must be working as Baylor Law con­sistently has the highest bar passage rate in the state of Texas and our graduates are ready to practice law the day they graduate.” While Baylor’s faculty is lauded for its commitment to students, the same can’t be said of its administration. Descriptions of the administration range from “disconnected” to “out of touch,” with many students reporting that “decisions seem to be made without student input or the students’ needs in mind.”Baylor Law places an emphasis on “legal theory and practice” through its “rigorous” Practice Court Program, a course that many feel leaves them “ready to practice law the day they graduate.” That said, those uninterested in becoming trial lawyers wouldn’t mind seeing it be done away with. “[The school] could end the Practice Court Program as a mandatory requirement and make it optional for only those students who wish to become litigators,” says a 2L. A 3L further explains, “You really get a true practical experience from day one, but it’s not for everyone. Practice Court is brutal—eighteen hours a day of studying and class, plus you get humiliated and booted out of class if you are called up and can’t recall a holding from one of the fifteen to twenty-five cases you were assigned the night before. The weak of heart need not apply.” Students agree that Baylor Law prepares them “to be lawyers better than almost any school in the country,” but they find that “it is very difficult to find jobs.” Though the career services office “has improved recently,” students want to see the school “reestablish its reputation in Texas as a great law school and try to reach a broader mar­ket.” “No one outside of Texas has heard of us, and no one respects the hard work we do culminating in the third-year Practice Court unless they’ve already hired a Baylor grad,” says a 2L. Luckily, Baylor’s “devoted alumni” can go a long way in helping you secure employment after graduation, provided that “you want to live in Texas.”If there’s one word that’s used to describe Baylor’s campus, it’s “beautiful.” “[We have] the best building of any law school in Texas (and I would venture to say in the country),” says a 2L. “Students can enjoy looking over the water from the library, student lounge, and the back porch off the student lounge,” says a 1L. “Additionally, students enjoy close parking in front of the building.” The “state-of-the-art” classrooms and facilities are “stellar,” “spacious,” and “comfortable.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 179

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/M Taxation, JD/MPPA, all 3 1/2 to 4 year programs.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 51
Full-Time Faculty 26
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 18
Faculty Gender 74% Male
25% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 84%
Multi-racial 5%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $46,420 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $46,420 $46,420

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$47,515 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $40

Incoming Class

Baylor University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 163
LSAT Total 158 - 163

Baylor University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.23 - 3.72
Total 3.23 - 3.72

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Most Competitive Students
#9 Most Conservative Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 91%
First Time Pass Rate 95%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $59,600
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 47 34%
Firm Sized 11-25 19 14%
Firm Sized 26-50 12 14%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 3%
Business Industry 19 14%
Government 10 7%
Public Interest 3 2%
Federal Clerkship 3 2%
Academia 2 1%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 15 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 1%
OK 1%
TX 85%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Baylor University School of Law include:

  • William Sessions - Former FBI Director
  • Leon Jaworski - Special Prosecutor for the Watergate trials

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