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The top 10 things we love about Waco

Baylor Law School is located in Waco, Texas, on the banks of the Brazos River. Life in Waco is a blend of quiet, laid-back living with an undertone of modern, urban appeal. Just an hour and a half between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Austin, students find it close enough for a weeknight road trip, but far enough to stay focused on their studies. Even without straying beyond the city limits, there's plenty to love about life in this town.

1. Cameron Park. We take it for granted, but we've got one of the largest municipal parks in nation with 416 acres of natural beauty. Its winding hiking and biking trails make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts from hours away. You'll find workout groups, jogging clubs, family recreational areas, and great date venues all nestled within the tall trees of Cameron Park.

2. Inexpensive Housing. We're spoiled here with loads of affordable housing, perfect for student budgets. From hip lofts to charming old homes, you'll find something that fits you at a price you can afford.

3. Location. Location. Location. Just one- and-a-half hours from Austin and Dallas, Waco is a great location in the middle of two of the largest markets in Texas. Though students sometimes find internships and externships in Waco, it's easy to branch out into other markets as well. And, we might add, a weekend getaway to the big city is never a bad idea.

4. Tasty Restaurants. With all the money saved on housing, you'll have enough leftover to throw out those ramen noodles. We crave the delightfully fresh Thai food from Bangkok Royal, breakfast tacos from Lolita's (make sure you add potatoes), Lebanese food made from scratch daily at D's Mediterranean Grill, and home-baked desserts like White Chocolate Bread Pudding on the patio of 1424.

5. Big 12 Sports. Our 2012 Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III said, "No pressure. No diamonds." Our teams are out to prove that when we compete, we really do win. Baylor has an astounding record of appearing in both bowl games and national championships. That's the kind of competition we know you'll love.

6. Dr Pepper. Pharmacist Charles Alderton invented it here, and they're still pumping it fresh from the soda fountain at the Dr Pepper Museum. We love it so much at Baylor that we serve free Dr Pepper floats every Tuesday across campus.

7. Common Grounds. Waco has plenty of Starbucks, each with its own personality, but the locals love Common Grounds for its ambiance and darn good coffee. Just a short walk from the Law School, it's a must for a triple-shot of caffeine when the eyelids are drooping. Thank goodness it's open until 1 am! Live music throughout the year provides a much-needed diversion when you've reached your limit of case law.

8. Live Music. Speaking of live music, we know that after a week's worth of studying, you deserve a break. Whether you're ready to unwind to some classic jazz or speed up the tempo with newer beats, Waco hosts a variety of artists and musicians who perform live at venues around the city.

9. Waco "International" Airport. You think we're kidding, but we're in love with this airport. The Waco Airport offers free parking and is less than 15 minutes from the Law School, relieving you of the hassle of flying out of larger airports. Flights from the Waco Airport take you to the Dallas-Fort Worth aiport allowing you to travel internationally with the greatest of ease!

10. Baylor Law School. We couldn't leave this one off the list. Not when most graduates pass the bar on the first try and when we win national championships in mock trial. We're small, but we're good. Like we always say The Best Belong At Baylor Law.

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