Accomplished Attorney Jay D. Rao Joins Baylor Law Faculty as Legal Writing Lecturer

August 3, 2018

Accomplished Attorney Jay D. Rao Joins Baylor Law Faculty as Legal Writing Lecturer

Legal Writing Lecturer, Jay D. Rao, Tours Baylor Law on August 2, 2018

WACO, Texas - August 3, 2018

Jay D. Rao has joined the Baylor Law faculty as a full-time lecturer in Baylor Law’s groundbreaking legal writing program. Rao is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, member of the editorial board of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and served as a research assistant to two prominent professors in the fields of contracts and mergers and acquisitions. He earned a B.B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. In New York, Rao practiced corporate law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and worked in the investment banking department of Credit Suisse. Most recently, Rao has served as an adjunct professor of law at UNT Dallas College of Law while also representing two start-up ventures. He has represented numerous leading financial institutions, including J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank, UniCredit Bank, Apax Partners and GSO Capital (credit affiliate of the Blackstone Group), in complex transactions and restructurings.

Rao's primary area of responsibility at Baylor Law will be teaching transactional drafting and practice in the innovative Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications program, which emphasizes and develops the critical skills necessary to successfully engage in a transactional practice, including the ability to analyze commercial issues and craft legal documents in a business environment.

“Jay Rao’s experience as a teacher, scholar and real-world practitioner is invaluable, and we look forward to the fresh perspectives and important insights he will offer to enhance the legal writing program at Baylor Law” said Dean Leah Teague. “His business and transactional law experience and expertise will further enrich our nationally recognized faculty and contribute to the collaborative nature of our program.”

“I'm excited and honored to join the faculty of Baylor Law,” Rao said. “Baylor Law is widely heralded for its innovative legal training, collaborative faculty, enthusiastic student body and unrivaled community of dedicated alumni. The prospect of assisting such a storied and unique institution with its mission represents a singular opportunity for me.”

Baylor Law’s legal writing program is unique. Writing classes are fully integrated into the 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. Writing faculty and staff even judge and rule on motions in our award-winning Practice Court program.

Unlike most other law schools, Baylor Law requires all students to complete legal writing courses during seven of nine academic terms. These rigorous and distinctive courses are sequenced throughout the three years of law school and taught by a team of collaborative full-time professors to ensure students improve their legal writing by building on previously learned skills. Baylor Law 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.

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