Neal Parekh joined the Baylor Law staff in August 2017 as the new Practice Court Associate. He works closely with law students enrolled in Practice Court and the Practice Court professors, implementing certain aspects of the Practice Court curriculum, scheduling advocacy exercises, fielding students’ questions, and conducting research for the professors. He also works closely with the Advocacy and Legal Writing departments, engaging in special projects.
Neal received a B.A., cum laude, in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012. During his time at UTA, Neal studied abroad in Paris, France, and competed several times on UTA’s undergraduate moot court team, while serving as President of the organization for a term and Treasurer for another. Before beginning law school, he interned at a law firm in Irving and then became a full-time legal assistant there. It was during this time, Neal cites, that he discovered his passion to help others and affirmed his decision to pursue a career in practicing law. Neal attended Baylor Law in 2014 and earned his J.D. in 2017. While in law school, Neal was active in Baylor’s advocacy program, competing in two national moot court competitions. He also frequently volunteered to be a mentor for the SBA Law Buddy program, and served as a Research Assistant to the Legal Writing department under the direction of Professor Susan Kelley-Claybrook Ortiz.
Neal is a native Texan hailing from the DFW Metroplex, before he shipped off to Waco to attend Baylor Law and began his career with Baylor. When not working, Neal regularly returns to Dallas on the weekends to visit his fiancée, Gina Philippi, and his family, and is also in the process of salvaging his social life after having taken his bar exam in July. Neal enjoys playing table-tennis, dancing, cooking, and exercising.