The economic model of law firms has changed.
Firms that once hired students straight out of law school are now forced to reevaluate efficiencies. Training young lawyers takes time and costs money, which is increasingly difficult to justify. As a result, firms are pleading with law schools to introduce practical training.
Baylor Law has been ahead of the curve for years, training its students to practice law when they walk out the door. From the first minute of orientation—the language used, the expectations set—it is all about becoming a professional. Here, students learn to write contracts, do trademark applications, craft sales agreements, and negotiate on behalf of their clients—just like in practice. So on day one of their first jobs, they not only find themselves significantly ahead of other graduates, they hit the ground running.
Required of every student that walks through the doors of Baylor Law, Transactional Drafting—LARC IV introduces students to the types of legal issues and documents they will encounter in a transactional practice. The course develops transactional legal writing skills by requiring students to prepare various documents regarding a hypothetical transaction. The desired learning outcomes for the course are for the students to understand the structure, content, and meaning of basic contracts and terms, to be able to draft and analyze a simple contract and to evaluate its effectiveness for a client’s needs, to advise a client on the terms of an agreement and whether or how those terms do or do not serve the client’s interests, and to amend a basic agreement.