Criminal Law Boot Camp
The Criminal Law Boot Camp is an intensive three-day, hands-on workshop designed to expose students to a real-world experience in criminal law practice in the State of Texas.
The Criminal Law Boot Camp faculty combines current and former prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges. Over three days, the Boot Camp consists of instruction and simulated training in jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, closing arguments, and arguments to the court.
It combines traditional lectures, strategic breakout discussions, and mock trial exercises. Each Boot Camp is limited to just 16 students per camp. Unrivaled at any other law school, the Criminal Law Boot Camp has almost a one-to-one faculty-to-student ratio.
Faculty work closely with students, offering guidance and critiquing the students’ strategies and their work.
Students can obtain an additional credit hour if they select the criminal trial option for their major case in Practice Court and attend a lecture on search warrants. After the lecture, they must draft a search warrant based on a hypothetical fact pattern.
Our goal is to introduce Baylor Law students to the practical skills they will rely on as new prosecutors so that they will start their new positions as prosecutors or defense attorneys better prepared to handle the challenges of the profession.
- Adjunct Professor and Criminal Law Boot Camp Founder, Richard Alpert