Students Say

Baylor University School of Law was founded in 1857, making it the oldest law school in the state of Texas. Since that time, Baylor has “developed a justifiable reputation as the best school in Texas,” and a program where students “are fully prepared to argue cases the moment they graduate and pass the bar.” “In terms of practical legal education, Baylor is second to none,” a 3L student says. “There is a heavy emphasis on litigation” and students rave about “the training students receive here in procedure, evidence, and oral and written advocacy.” One of the most celebrated parts of Baylor’s education is “the required course Practice Court.”

Overview

Applicants
1,816
Acceptance Rate
39%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.49
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
83

Test Scores

LSAT
158 - 163

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
No

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Overall

Students Say

Baylor University School of Law was founded in 1857, making it the oldest law school in the state of Texas. Since that time, Baylor has “developed a justifiable reputation as the best school in Texas,” and a program where students “are fully prepared to argue cases the moment they graduate and pass the bar.” “In terms of practical legal education, Baylor is second to none,” a 3L student says. “There is a heavy emphasis on litigation” and students rave about “the training students receive here in procedure, evidence, and oral and written advocacy.” One of the most celebrated parts of Baylor’s education is “the required course Practice Court.” Practice Court “really teaches you how to perform under stress” and students leave feeling that they “could try a case right out of law school.” If there is any downside to the school’s great trial practice emphasis, it is that “other areas of law, especially on the transactional side, tend to fall to the wayside.” Still, Baylor’s reputation is sterling in Texas and around the country. “I had one employer from a large national law firm say ‘Baylor students are the only law students I have no hesitation about hiring,’” one happy student says.

Baylor has a reputation as a “Marine Corps” “where fun goes to die.” Some students say that reputation is “not true anymore,” and others suggest that the “no mercy” atmosphere is “created by the faculty.” “However, as a tradeoff for the misery, humiliation, anxiety, and relentless exhaustion, I’m ready to file a lawsuit, take any deposition, and walk in to any courtroom and know how to handle myself,” one student explains. “While the professors are tough in class, they are very knowledgeable and helpful outside of class” and keep an “open door” policy “when it comes to helping students.” “Even the adjuncts are dedicated professors,” and “really get to know every student.” “However, most of our professors (including adjuncts) are Baylor Law graduates,” which leads to “little diversity in perspective.” Students do wish for more diversity among professors, including “more women” as professors. “The administration is always easy to contact” and “the staff (cafeteria, janitors, maintenance people) are like family to us.” Students rave about the “beautiful” school. “The law library takes nearly half of the building” and “classrooms are very nice with comfortable chairs and very well lit and air conditioned.” “I really doubt there is a nicer facility in the country,” one student boasts. All in all, Baylor is a school where “the campus is beautiful, the professors are tough but supportive, and the curriculum is challenging.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
40

27.5
Female
10
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
94
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
92%
Average Starting Salary
$70,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
86%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
105

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Baker Botts; Bell Nunnally & Martin; Bracewell & Giuliani; Carrington Coleman; Cox Smith; Gray Reed & McGraw; Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer; Haynes and Boone; Jackson Walker; K&L Gates; Kelly Hart & Hallman; Locke Lord; McGinnis, Lockridge & Kilgore; Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr; Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee; Norton Rose Fulbright; Patton Boggs; Stasburger & Price; Thompson & Knight; Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons; Winstead

Graduates Employed by Area


Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Leon Jaworski
Special Prosecutor for the Watergate trials

William Sessions
Former FBI Director

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$52,527

% Students Receiving Some Aid
89%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,106
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$10,708
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,478
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$8,342
Fees
$2,294

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
382
Parent Institution Enrollement
16,263

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
3
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
22%
% International
0%

Demographics

22.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

98% are full time
2% are part time
41% female
59% male

Campus Life

Students Say

At a little over 400 students, Baylor “is a very small school,” which makes it “easy to get around the whole school.” “The building and campus [are] lovely,” and “Baylor Law School has a great social scene.” Everyone knows each other here and “no one gets lost. You find your group of friends almost immediately.” With the amount of work expected from Baylor Law students, some say that “the social life truly is minimal.” Another student says that “even without a great nightlife, Baylor Law students still know how to party...and do.” “Waco nightlife has actually improved significantly” in the last few years thanks to “an all-around gentrification of the area” making the town “increasingly more hip.” “More and more young professionals” stick around, which gives rise to “new businesses, restaurants, and bars.” “I love Waco!” a happy 1L shouts. “Coming from a city with huge congestion and traffic problems, everything [in Waco] is in easy reach.”

Baylor Law could be “more diverse” as “the ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds for most students are very similar.” Despite Baylor’s “cut throat culture” reputation, most students say that students get along with each other. “There are certainly individual students that carry that cut throat attitude, but those are the exceptions, not the rule,” a 2L says. “From what I heard before coming to Baylor I would have expected peer subterfuge to be commonplace,” another student explains. “Rather, I have always found that the student body works cooperatively.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Nicole Neeley
Assistant Dean of Admissions

Address
One Bear Place #97288
Waco, TX 76798

Phone
254-710-1911

Email
Nicole_Neeley@baylor.edu
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Key Stats

1,816
Applicants
382
Size
39%
Acceptance Rate

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