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Legal Writing

Legal Writing

Writing is foundational to the practice of law.

Everything that takes place in a courtroom begins with writing. Every agreement, non-disclosure, and contract rests on writing. From litigation to the practice of transactional law, written advocacy skills are crucial.

Baylor Law is dedicated to ensuring that every Baylor Lawyer is a powerful written advocate who is ready to reliably produce thoughtful, accurate, and detailed written legal materials.  To accomplish this, our legal writing program was redesigned from the ground up – with one goal in mind – to create a unique, and rigorous, legal writing program that maximizes graduates’ readiness to perform.  

Writing classes are fully-integrated into the Baylor Law curriculum across all three years of legal training, all tracks of study, and all degree programs.  Legal writing and research assignments are designed collaboratively between writing faculty and the faculty of other courses.  The journey culminates in the third year in Baylor’s nationally recognized Practice Court, where students will draft the full gamut of litigation-based documents from beginning to end.  

There is no time during a student’s tenure at Baylor Law when they are not required to improve their legal writing by building on previously-learned skills. Our faculty and staff, who have unparalleled experience in both classroom teaching and legal practice, act as coaches who guide students in their legal writing education from the moment they enter Baylor Law through graduation and beyond. 

Even our Legal Writing Competition – the Ultimate Writer – is unique. Students who participate are not just competing for a cash prize – but also for a coveted job opportunity with a major firm.

Regarded as one of the best legal writing programs in the state of Texas, Baylor Law develops a sense of mastery in students that places them well ahead of their peers, ready to enter practice as effective written advocates on day one.