Areas of Concentration
Baylor Law School strives to produce, first and foremost, a well-rounded and broadly educated lawyer. We recognize, however, that a broad exposure to theory and doctrine is not sufficient preparation. To expose students to the depth, complexity, and sophistication of modern legal practice, we have developed nine areas of concentration that you can pursue with your JD, should you so choose:
Each area of concentration corresponds to a recognized area of law practice and includes courses that require students to execute tasks performed by lawyers who practice in the designated field. For example, students concentrating in General Civil Litigation spend their third years conducting formal and informal discovery, engaging in pretrial motion practice, and trying between four and five lawsuits in connection with the Practice Court program as well as participating in alternative dispute resolution processes through the Alternative Dispute Resolution course.
All law students complete the Practice Court program as the culmination of their law school experience. Students taking litigation concentrations will participate in more advanced work as part of their skills exercises. Within certain areas of concentration, Baylor Law School offers one-on-one Capstone experiences with highly specialized faculty, including:
- Administration of Estates
- Business Transactions
- Intellectual Property
- Trusts and Estates
This opportunity for individualized study provides students with an intense look into a particular facet of the law and the opportunity to experience the types of problems attorneys practicing in that area routinely face. Business Transactions students, for instance, plan and document a hypothetical sale of a business. Estate Planning students devise an estate plan, prepare some of the more common documents used in the estate practice and work through the steps of the administration of an estate. Criminal Practice students work in a prosecutor's office. Administrative Practice students participate in an interdisciplinary externship, generally in Austin. Intellectual Property students focus on skills development, such as conducting appropriate client analysis and applying substantive law to intellectual property-related agreements.