Long before law schools across the country adopted the term “practice-ready,” Baylor Law led the nation in equipping students with the combination of analytical, problem-solving, and professional skills to prepare them for the practice of law.
A leading voice in the national conversation for legal education, Baylor Law continues to set the pace as one of the premier teaching law schools for future practitioners. Today, the school ranks 2nd in the nation in Advocacy by U.S. News & World Report, number one in the percentage of Super Lawyers by the National Jurist, and every year, its students achieve one of the highest bar passage rates in America. Baylor’s rigorous program produces outstanding lawyers–one reason why courts, businesses, government agencies, and communities recognize Baylor Law graduates as having the real-world skills necessary to make an immediate difference in the lives of the people they serve.
The history of Baylor Law is woven into the fabric of American Law. It was here where the first law school in Texas was born, and where the nation’s first “Practice Court” got its start. Over the years, generations of Baylor Lawyers went on to distinguish themselves as justices of the Texas Supreme Court, mayors, governors, federal judges, directors of the FBI and members of the United States Congress. Baylor Lawyers went on to try, and prevail, in some of the largest, most influential cases in American legal history. And the tiny law school that saw as its mission preparing students to “assume their responsibilities within our honorable profession and follow the call to service,” also saw it grow to become one of the premiere law schools in America.
Ranked 4th in the nation for ‘“Best Law School Facilities” by The National Jurist, Baylor Law occupies one of the nation’s most magnificent, spacious, and technologically advanced facilities. Opened in 2001, the architecturally stunning, three-level, 128,000-square-foot Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center welcomes students and faculty from all over the United States and many foreign countries. Located just east of Interstate 35 in Waco, Texas, Baylor Law can be found nestled on the banks of the Brazos River on the beautiful campus of Baylor University.
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