To celebrate 100 years of offering the most intense advocacy training program in the nation, Baylor Law has announced a series of opportunities for the Baylor Law family to ‘celebrate’ its nationally recognized Practice Court program.
For 100 years, the core of the Baylor Law experience has lied in Practice Court. Princeton Review once called Practice Court “the best training ground in the nation for practical lawyering." PC is the final step of the law school experience where Baylor Law students are refined into skilled litigators and exceptional lawyers. By design, every Baylor Law student must overcome grueling Practice Court sessions over two quarters during their third and final year of study.
Practice Court, referred to by generations of students as the place where “where fun goes to die,” is one of the key experiences responsible for the tight network of Baylor Lawyers. Professor Jeremy Counseller (MBA '00, JD '00) once noted, "PC links all Baylor Lawyers who are or ever were. When I was in PC, I sat where my Practice Court professor sat, where his Practice Court professor sat, where every Baylor lawyer has sat since before the Civil War. PC is cosa nostra-it's our thing."
This Fall, Baylor Law will produce a special edition of its Alumni magazine, Docket Call, dedicated to highlighting the history and evolution of Practice Court, and will produce a short video documentary of the modern Practice Court experience. 100th Year Anniversary memorabilia will be available for purchase – and every Baylor Lawyer will receive a 100th Anniversary magnet.
For 100 Years, the bottom line of Practice Court has been to teach Baylor Lawyers that the legal profession is not merely a theoretical exercise– it’s about making a difference for people and our country. PC Professor Jerry Powell states it well, “I guess the old adage is, ‘the proof is in the pudding.’ When you look at our graduates and what they accomplish in the world, that's a reflection on our program, and that makes us very proud.”
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