WACO, Texas (March 12, 2013) -- Baylor Law School's highly respected trial advocacy program is now ranked third in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."
"We are very proud of our trial advocacy program," said Gerald Powell, the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence and director of Baylor Law's renowned Practice Court Program. "This ranking is a tribute to all of our talented students and former students -- exceptional trial lawyers -- who have enjoyed great success in the courtroom."
In the law specialty rankings, Baylor Law moved up two spots on the trial advocacy list, a reflection of the recent stellar performances put in by the Law School's trial advocacy teams.
During the 2012 advocacy competition season, teams from Baylor Law School scored major victories, including first place at the Nation¬al Institute for Trial Advocacy 2012 Tournament of Champions, and first and second place at the National Trial Competition (NTC). The nation's third top advocacy tournament is the American Association for Justice (AAJ) National Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
"In the Triple Crown of law school advocacy competitions, Baylor Law took home two of the crowns," said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben. "These remarkable accomplishments bring great honor to Baylor Law School. They are the product of the hard work our students do every day and the superb training they receive from the instructors in our Practice Court program and their team coaches."
The NTC is a marathon event open to every law school in the nation, involving more than 300 teams (a maximum of two teams per school). While the NTC and AAJ competitions open their doors to every law school in the nation, the Tournament of Champions invites just 16 schools to compete each year. The invitations go to the top advocacy schools in the nation based on their three-year performance record at the NTC and AAJ competitions and prior Tournament of Champions competitions.
The trial advocacy rankings are chosen by faculty who teach in the field.
Overall, Baylor Law School was ranked No. 54 among the 194 fully accredited law schools in the magazine's "Top Law Schools" listing. U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" 2014 guidebook will be available in stores on April 9.