Ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, our Advocacy Program produces lawyers of unparalleled quality, integrity and preparedness. Practice Court, a required third year program uses rigor, experiential learning, and one-on-one instruction to turn law students into trial lawyers.
Practice Court teaches the law and procedure for pleading a case through trial and post-verdict motions. Students take that classroom knowledge and apply it in the courtroom. Under the watchful eye of faculty and our Jaworski Fellows, all third-year law students try multiple cases from beginning to end, integrating knowledge and strategy with courtroom persuasion. Known as the Marine Corp boot camp of law school, students often find Practice Court one of the most strenuous but compelling components of their Baylor education. Baylor Lawyers leave the program with the tools, skills and knowledge which make them truly practice ready.
Practice Court teaches students to excel in the boardroom as well as the courtroom. Even if you do not intend to litigate, the Practice Court experience teaches confidence in fluid and adversarial situations, critical and pragmatic thinking about complex problems, and persuasive advocacy during a negotiation on behalf of your client.
At Baylor Law School, we believe outstanding trial skills are best learned from outstanding trial lawyers and judges. Our outstanding full-time Practice Court professors have extensive civil and criminal litigation experience; three are ABOTA members who each have tried more than 50 jury trials. In addition to the Practice Court faculty, we incorporate adjunct faculty, instructors and alumni to assist with courtroom training and guest lectures. Expert commentators, current courtroom technology, tried-and-true advocacy techniques, and cutting edge trial simulation prepare Baylor students to enter the profession ready to practice.
Teaching litigation, trial practice and trial advocacy has been an integral part of Baylor Law School's mission since 1857, and we are committed to providing the best trial advocacy training possible to every student enrolled. While one mission of the Practice Court program is to prepare students for litigation and trial practice, the program's broader mission is to prepare each student to be a competent, responsible and ethical lawyer and human being, whether the student ever sees the inside of a courtroom. We believe that exposing students to different viewpoints from the outstanding lawyers in the Jaworski Fellows Program does just that and demonstrates why Baylor Law is unique and innovative in legal education.