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Baylor University School of Law
Established 1857, 1920
School type Private
Dean Bradley J.B. Toben
Location Waco, Texas, USA
Enrollment 418[1]
Faculty 23 (full-time)[1]
USNWR ranking No. 65, 1st Tier[2]

Founded in 1857, Baylor Law School is the oldest law school in Texas and has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1931 and a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1938. Affiliated with Baylor University and located in Waco, Texas, the Law School is singularly clear about its mission – to equip students upon graduation to practice law effectively and ethically. That is the key difference. Students are trained and mentored in all facets of law, including theoretical analysis, practical application, legal writing, advocacy, professional responsibility, and negotiation and counseling skills.

The Princeton Review notes that "Baylor University is very small... For students lucky enough to gain admission, Baylor's unique, ultra intense, and 'tough' Practice Court Program is arguably the best training ground in the nation for practical lawyering..." 1

Academics


Baylor Law School operates on a quarter system, with entering classes of approximately 65 students in the spring, 30 in the summer and 65 in the fall. The Law School also has four graduating classes per year. Each matriculate class has a separate application pool, and applicants are required to apply to the quarter in which they would like to begin.

First-year students must take courses in criminal law; civil and criminal procedure; legislation, administrative power and procedure; contracts; torts; property; and legal analysis, research and communication. Additionally, students can concentrate in one of six areas, which include administrative practice, business litigation, business transactions, criminal practice, estate planning and general civil litigation.

Nationally Ranked Advocacy Program

Taught by Professor Gerald R. Powell, the bedrock of Baylor’s nationally ranked advocacy program is the third-year Practice Court Program, a six-month course required for all third-year students. Procedure, evidence, and advocacy are the tools of the trial lawyer, and the Practice Court Program is an intensive study of these essentials. Baylor Law is the only school in the country with this program - a program which has been influential in their leading bar passage rate. Students try multiple lawsuits from beginning to end, ensuring that when they graduate, they are able to hit the ground running.

Interscholastic Competition

The Law School’s interscholastic teams (mock trial, moot court, client counseling, mediation and trial ethics) are highly successful at state, regional and national levels, with a mock trial team and moot court team having been crowned national champions in recent years. In 2005, Baylor won the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition (then the ATLA competition). In 2009, Baylor had their most successful year yet - winning the Michigan State University Mock Trial Competition and sweeping the regional tournaments (finishing 1st and 2nd) in both the National Trial Competition and the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition. After advancing to the national level, Baylor was crowned champions of the National Trial Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers - one of the most prestigious mock trial tournaments in the nation. The AAJ Baylor team tied for third place at the 2009 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

History

Baylor originally established the second law school west of the Mississippi in 1857. Law classes continued until 1883. In 1920, the Board of Trustees of Baylor University reestablished the law department under the direction of Dean Allen G. Flowers. Bradley J.B. Toben currently serves as Dean of the Law School.

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Notable alumni

  • Colonel Leon Jaworski (1924) - Watergate Special Prosecutor; Senior Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski Houston, Texas; Served on the Warren Commission; President, American Bar Association (1971-1972); Chief of War Crimes detachment of the JAG Corps of the US Army (1944-1946); Treasurer and co-founder, Democrats for Reagan.
  • Marion Price Daniel (1932) - United States Senator (1953—1957); Governor of Texas (1957—1963); Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives (1943–1945); Justice, Texas Supreme Court (1971-1978).
  • Priscilla Owen, J.D. (1977) - Judge, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005-Present); Former Texas Supreme Court Justice (1994-2005).
  • Justice Rebecca Simmons- Justice, Fourth Court of Appeals, Texas
  • Robert R. (Bob) Poage (1924) – U.S. House of Representatives, (1937-1978)
  • Jack English Hightower (1951) - U.S. House of Representatives, (1975-1985)
  • Charles Wallace Barrow- Former Justice, Texas Supreme Court
  • Phillip Benjamin Baldwin- Justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Mark Wells White- Governor of Texas (1983-1987)
  • Kirk Watson- Former mayor of Austin and current state senator
  • James B. Adams- Texas legislator, and former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1978-79)
  • William Sessions- Director of the FBI (1987-1993)
  • Max Sandlin- Judge, U.S. Congressman (1997-2005)
  • Louie Gohmert- U.S. Congressman (2005-present)
  • Beau Boulter- U.S. Congressman (1985-1989)
  • Jack M. Fields- U.S. Congressman (1981-1997)
  • Thomas C. Mann- U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador (1955-1957) and US Ambassador to Mexico (1961-1963)
  • Sam Blakely Hall Jr. – U.S. Congressman (1975-1985) and U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Texas
  • Graham Boynton Purcell Jr. – U.S. Congressman (1962-1973)
  • Frank Wilson – U.S. Congressman (1947-1955)
  • Sam R. Cummings –Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1987-present)
  • Sidney Fitzwater – Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1986-present)
  • Andrew Scott Hanen - Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (2002-present)
  • Joe Kendall – Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1992-2002)
  • Ed Kinkeade – Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (2002-present)
  • Walter Smith – Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (1984-present)
  • Leonard Davis - Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas(2002-present)
  • Chad Everingham - Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2006-present)
  • Bob Bullock - Texas' 38th Lieutenant Governor and considered one of the most outstanding Texas political leaders of the 20th century.
  • T. John Ward - Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas(1999-present)
  • Morris Harrell - Former President of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.
  • Abner McCall - Former Justice, Texas Supreme Court
  • Byron Tunnell - Former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Abelardo Valdez - Former U.S. Ambassador and Chief of Protocol for the White House
  • Walter Umphrey - Counsel, Billion Dollar Tobacco Settlement
  • Ed Blizzard - Prominent pharmaceutical injury attorney
  • Kevin Reynolds - Former Texas lawyer and director of Fandango, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Waterworld.

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