Brad Toben 2015-10-26 12:53:33
Aaylor Law is conceived of as a professional school dedicated to developing skilled and ethical lawyers. By design, we are the smallest law school in Texas and one of the smallest in the nation. Students therefore have ample opportunity for interaction with instructors and classmates. Our program is a virtual poster child for the curricular, cultural, and programmatic directions urged by the MacCrate Report (1992), the Carnegie Report (2007), and the American Bar Association Task Force on the Future of Legal Education (2014) regarding preparation of students for the actual practice of law. Baylor relies upon a highly required and sequenced curriculum that reflects emerging practice realities while adhering to our emphasis on rigor, service, and ethical practice. We have enjoyed much success by our graduates on the bar exam. The National Jurist magazine recently awarded Baylor Law another A+ on its 2015 list of “best law schools for practical training.” Baylor Law is known for advocacy education and training, but it also excels in several transactional areas of law and practice. We offer concentrations in business transactions, estate planning, real estate and natural resources, health care, intellectual property, and administrative law. Each of these programs reflect areas of faculty strength and commitment. Our required writing program recently has been expanded to include the second year as well as the first and third years, emphasizing one-on-one feedback and successive drafts of writing assignments. We have five joint degree programs, and we have collaborated with the university’s Hankamer School of Business to develop innovative, cross-disciplinary teams of students to work with enterprises in China and at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative. A defining experience for all Baylor lawyers continues to be our rigorous third-year simulation experience, known as the Practice Court Program. Continually modified to address developments in the practice, this 15 credit hour program creates a controlled environment for students to practice lawyering skills, strengthen analytical skills, and advance a professional identity. Under significant time pressure intended to mimic a particularly stressful period in practice, students are challenged to think critically and pragmatically about complex litigation and trial problems while confidently advocating for clients and drafting documents. Baylor Law recently implemented a new professional development requirement for students: They must participate in 15 hours of professional development programming prior to graduation. Students have the flexibility to tailor the program to their own needs and to the kind of practice or endeavor that they seek. Students attend professional development programs on topics such as law office organization and management, legal technology, client relations, legal ethics, and leadership. In August, our Pro Bono and Public Service Program received the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award. Baylor is only the third law school to receive this recognition in the 31 years that it has been given. In the past handful of years, we have received four other ABA, State Bar of Texas, and Texas Access to Justice Commission awards for our pro bono programs. Baylor Law has one of the best gross and per capita endowments in legal education, ranking in the top 12th percentile based upon the latest available ABA data. We therefore can provide our students with substantial scholarship assistance. The National Jurist has ranked Baylor No. 2 among 118 private law schools on its “Best Value” list, taking into account bar exam pass rate, placement rate, tuition, student debt levels, and cost of living. Finally, our law center is an extraordinary facility in character and setting and recently was ranked (with a grade of A+) by the National Jurist as the fourth best law school facility in the nation. FOUNDED 1857 ENROLLMENT 397 ANNUAL TUITION $52,836 ANNUAL FEES $2,710 NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2000 149 NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2015 116 PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WHO HAD JOBS BY MARCH 2015 86 percent PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WITH FULL-TIME, J.D.-REQUIRED/J.D.-ADVANTAGE JOBS THAT WERE SUBSIDIZED BY THE LAW SCHOOL Less than 1 percent AVERAGE DEBT LOAD OF A 2014 GRADUATE $117,386, an increase from 2013 BRAD TOBEN graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds law degrees from Baylor Law School and Harvard Law School. In 1983, Toben joined the Baylor Law School faculty and was named dean of the school in 1991. He currently is the second-longest tenured law school dean in the nation. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has served by appointment of the governor of Texas as a commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
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