The Quarter System

Baylor Law operates on the quarter system, with three entering classes and four full quarters throughout the year. More streamlined and rigorous than the traditional semester approach, the quarter system translates into better-prepared students at graduation through:


With only 9 weeks per quarter, every class counts. Here, professors present substantive material in each session, so there are no peaks and valleys, and no time wasted. Under this system, students can attain their law degree 27 months after they enter law school


There is no coasting in a 9-week quarter. Students and professors get to class, get focused, and start working. When class is done, it’s on to the next one. When exams have ended, the new quarter begins the following week. The fast pace more closely resembles the work expected of lawyers in real practice, with real caseloads, in the real world.


There are no 300-person classes here. Because Baylor Law has three entering classes rather than a single, large, fall class, all of the classes are small—including the crucial, first-year foundational classes.


Smaller class sizes foster greater interaction among students and faculty, allowing for one-on-one mentorship and coaching that is unheard of in most law schools. Along the way, students feel a strong sense of caring and community, forging friendships that continue long after graduation.


The quarter system allows for two full quarters of Baylor Law’s nationally renowned Practice Court, which is required of all students during their third year. When it’s time to hone the skills necessary for a successful practice, every student stands and delivers. Every student tries multiple cases from beginning to end. And every student leaves Baylor Law a more polished, more prepared lawyer.