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 trade-off 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.”