Baylor Programs & Organizations
Baylor University offers programs that may be a good fit for you if you are interested in pursuing a career in law.
Baylor Business Fellows Program
The Baylor Business Fellows major is a program within the Hankamer School of Business targeted at students who demonstrate high intellectual standing and want to maximize their time to learn what will best benefit them in the future. Baylor Business Fellows is a special degree program offered to gifted, high achieving Baylor students, providing them the flexibility to reach their educational goals by allowing them to choose the pieces that compose their degree. Admission to Baylor Business Fellows is competitive and is separate from and subsequent to admission to Baylor University.
Being a member of the Glenn R. Capp Debate Forum is great law school preparation. It gives pre-law students practical experience for the court room and an excellent way to hone rhetorical skills. It is a nationally competitive policy debate team which is currently ranked first in Texas and twenty-second nationally.
The Honors Program in the Honors College allows students to maximize their education along the lines recommended by the ABA. Because of the emphasis on critical thinking, research, and writing, the Honors Program is a good option for students wishing to pursue a career in law. In particular, the thesis component provides experience with rigorous and analytical writing, including preparing original pieces of substantial length and revising written work in response to constructive criticism. Successful lawyers have the ability to make persuasive arguments within complex circumstances, and writing a thesis gives undergraduate students the opportunity to bring together a great deal of information. The Honors Program also emphasizes the broad range of disciplines, fields, and practices. Law, like other professions, is an interdisciplinary practice, for which the best preparation is an interdisciplinary curriculum that helps future lawyers see the connections between the various subject areas.
Phi Alpha Delta (Baylor's Pre-Law Society)
This organization 1) hosts speakers from various fields of law who share their insights, 2) provides networking opportunities with professionals, students and professors, and 3) provides a variety of pre-law related resources including volunteer opportunities, job and internship listings, magazine articles, and Law School Admission Test information.
Political Science Major
The Political Science Department at Baylor has a history of working closely with pre-law students. Many political sciences courses are directly related to the practice of law.
Pre-Law Economics Track
The Economics major provides a sequence of courses of particular interest for students interested in pre-law, including ECO 4316 (Industrial Organization), ECO 4317 (Economics of Regulation), ECO 4318 (Law and Economics), ECO 4319 (Game Theory), ECO 4320 (The Economics of Government), and ECO 4322 (Forensic Economics).
Pre-Law Philosophy Track
The philosophy department has a track for Philosophy majors interested in pre-law. Please contact either advisor in Philosophy if you are interested.
University Scholars Program
The University Scholars program gives students excellent pre-law preparation because all students must read widely on their own outside of the course requirements with a view to preparation for an exit interview in the junior year of study. Moreover, because the program gives each student an extremely flexible schedule, students can take courses from each of the areas outlined in this booklet, developing a unique, individualized course of study as excellent preparation for law school.