Legal Writing


Legal writing skills are paramount to transactional lawyers. Baylor designed its legal writing program as a professional training system that prepares students to engage in effective written advocacy from the moment they enter practice as lawyers.

Students learn how to draft a wide range of legal documents, while progressing through a rigorous series of courses that move from the mechanics of effective legal research and writing, to the formation of legal analysis, to the construction of effective strategies and communications, and ultimately to the actual preparation of legal documents. This includes transactional-based documents like sales agreements, offers, and engagement letters that are crucial to areas like business, banking and real estate. Mandating a minimum of seven of nine quarters of legal writing instruction, students continuously hone their writing skills throughout their three-year journey.

Leading this program is a writing faculty with more than a century of experience in the practice of the law and a half-century of full-time teaching. Professors maintain open-door policies and devote significant time to coaching and mentoring students along the way. The hallmark of the program is the Baylor lawyer who is recognized for a writing style that is succinct, precise, impactful, analytically sound, and free from legalese.