Baylor Law Ranks #4 Nationally in Trial Advocacy, #55 Overall

April 12, 2016
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WACO, Texas –

In the "Best Law Schools," category of U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," Baylor Law School ranks #4 nationally for Trial Advocacy, and #55 overall.

The rankings of the nation's 204 American Bar Association (ABA) fully accredited law schools were calculated on a weighted average of 12 measures of quality, including student selectivity, placement success, faculty resources, and assessments by peers, lawyers, and judges. Baylor Law ranks #55, up one spot from the previous year. In the specialty rankings—based solely on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions—Baylor Law School ranks in the top tier for Trial Advocacy at #4.

While boasting an equally impressive transactional law program, Baylor Law School is renowned for its rigorous trial advocacy training, which includes the signature Practice Court Program, the Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews study abroad program, and numerous opportunities for students to compete in internal and external moot court and mock trial competitions. The curriculum at Baylor Law is consistently recognized as one of the best in the nation for advocacy.

Baylor Law School has experienced an increase, not only in the number of teams representing Baylor Law in competition, but also in the number of advancing teams and awards won by the students.

"We have seen a marked increase in the number of Baylor Law competition teams in the last few years," said Baylor Law School Advocacy Coordinator Kathy Serr. "Our main goal is to offer more opportunities to students to receive training and experience, and competing in so many different venues certainly helps with our visibility."

Many of Baylor Law's advocacy teams finished first, won numerous individual and team awards, or advanced to the final rounds during many of the competitions held during the 2015-2016 season.

Mack Kidd Administrative and Public Law Moot Court Competition
First Place Winners: Team of Kelly Depew and Matthew Swanger
Best Speaker: Kelly Depew

National Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition
First Place Winners: Hannah Brewer and Parker Burns

National Trial Competition Regionals
First Place Winners: Team of Mark Altman and Brennan Buchanan

Intellectual Property LawMeet Regional
First Place Winners: Team of John Cook and Amanda Sanchez

Regional Transactional LawMeet Competition in Dallas
Best Drafted Term Sheet and Semifinalists: Team of J.P. Haskins, Hunter Hullett and Blake Landon

Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition
Best Brief Award and Second Place Winners: Team of Rachel Buchhorn, Erin Lovejoy, Lexi Atkins, Kristen Messina and Neal Parekh

Regional Transactional LawMeet Competition in Kansas City
Best Drafted Term Sheet: Team of Abby Aldrich, Mark McMullen and Ian Todd

AAJ Regional Mock Trial Competition
Finalists: Team of Tara Gough, Keshav Nair, Alex Risinger and Gabby Shayeb
Best Advocate: Mark Firmin

ABA Moot Court Regional
Finalists: Team of Kelly Depew and James Muela

Adoption and Family Law National Moot Court Competition
Finalists: Team of Penny Maley and Matthew Swanger

National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition
Finalists: Team of Herbie Montalvo, Davis Mosmeyer and Leah Steam Smith

CONTACT: Nick Teixeira

Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,200 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked No. 55 in the magazine’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law in its top 10 law schools for practical training, and second best value in private legal education in the nation. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation.

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 D1 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big XII Conference. Learn more at

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