The application deadline to join the second class of Baylor Law’s Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management is fast approaching! Our Executive LL.M. is the only program of its kind in the nation. Open to experienced lawyers, the program focuses on controlling rising litigation costs and developing an effective (winning) litigation strategy. Scholarships for Baylor Lawyers are currently available.
With classes taught by Baylor Law’s award-winning advocacy faculty, successful lawyers, technology experts, and judges, the online and in-person courses include topics ranging from the fundamentals of litigation management, business strategy and process improvement, case assessment techniques, proving and attacking damages, managing complex arbitration and ADR issues, data analytics and cybersecurity, managing e-discovery, regulatory issues, crisis management and an entire toolkit for effectively managing litigation.
“Litigation is a fact of life for businesses in America,” David Dial, a partner in Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial. “Successfully and efficiently managing litigation involves teamwork between the client and the attorneys. This cannot happen unless one truly understands the process and has the tools necessary for managing litigation. I believe the Baylor Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management provides that understanding and equips its participants with the necessary tools.”
Lawyers in the program can expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week working on the degree through interactive online learning. They gather three times at our beautiful Law Center in Waco for intense, week-long residential learning experiences, working with experts to synthesize and master material. Summers are spent working independently on thought-pieces the candidates can then publish.
“Graduates of the program will leave with an agile sense of both the business and the strategy of litigation,” Says Professor Liz Fraley, co-creator of the degree. “We’re addressing a key issue both for clients and for attorneys: how to manage complex and expensive litigation in a way that is both cost effective and goal oriented.”
Professor Jim Wren, the creative drive behind the executive LL.M., said the students will learn from national leaders in the field.
“We have been talking almost every day to people from around the nation who are the cream of the crop and who are already doing litigation management well. We’re going out there and finding the people doing various aspects in the very best way and we’re bringing them in. It’s going to be a melting pot of the best of practices out there.”
The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 class is September 30.
To apply or to find more information, go to llm.baylor.edu or email professor Jim Wren at James_Wren@baylor.edu.
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