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May
14
2018
Third Annual Business Law Boot Camp – 26 Students Learned the Essentials of Business Transactions
Baylor Law held its third annual Business Law Boot Camp from Sunday, April 29th through Friday, May 4th. An intensive intersession course held between the spring and summer quarters at Baylor Law, the Boot Camp offered practical training on multiple aspects of business formation, commercial borrowing, raising capital, trademark and advertising issues, succession planning, selling a business, basic accounting, contract drafting, and negotiation skills.
May
3
2018
Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in the 2018 Top Gun Competition
Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament that has become one of the nation’s most prestigious competitions.

The best advocates from sixteen trial advocacy schools compete head-to-head in the winner-take-all tournament that will be held May 30 through June 3 at Baylor Law.
May
2
2018
Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic Highlighted at 2018 Champions of Justice Gala
On Wednesday, April 25, Baylor Law's Josh Borderud, Attorney-Director of Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic, was invited to speak at the Champions of Justice Gala co-sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas. The Gala raised over $404,000 to provide civil legal services and other assistance to low-income Texan veterans.

The funds raised at the 2018 Gala will help support the Veterans Clinic and other programs across the state.
May
1
2018
Baylor Law Ranks #18 in 2017 Law School Graduates Hiring Report
Law.com has released its analysis of American Bar Association data on graduate employment, and Baylor Law ranks at #18 in the nation, and #1 among all Texas law schools, for full-time employment in what is considered the "gold standard" category of positions requiring a bar license.
Apr
30
2018
The Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap Named 2018 Baylor Lawyer of the Year
The Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap, J.D. ‘81, Chief District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, has been selected by the Baylor Law Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2018 Baylor Lawyer of the Year.
Apr
4
2018
Baylor Law Students Honored at the 2018 John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series
On March 28, Baylor Law honored dozens of students for outstanding achievements at the John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series hosted at the Bill Daniel Student Union Building on the Baylor University campus.
Apr
3
2018
Baylor Law Earns Highest Ultimate Bar Passage Rate in the U.S.
100% of Baylor Law’s 2015 graduates passed the bar exam within two years of graduation, the highest rate of all 204 ABA-approved law schools, according to the Managing Director’s Office of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Mar
26
2018
LEAD Counsel Invites Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, to Host Seminar to Combat Human Trafficking
On Friday, March 23rd, Baylor Law and LEAD Counsel welcomed Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, who shared information on human trafficking in Texas, and how to recognize the potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking.
Mar
20
2018
Baylor Law Ranks in Top Five in Trial Advocacy, #50 Overall in National <i>U.S. News</i> Rankings
Baylor Law climbed into the Top 50 in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Schools" listing for 2019. In the law specialties rankings, Baylor's trial advocacy program is one of the top five programs in the nation.
Mar
6
2018
Baylor Law Student, Gracie Wood, Honored as “Law Student of the Year” by National Jurist Magazine
Baylor Law’s Gracie Wood has been named one of The National Jurist magazine’s “Law Students of the Year.” The designation recognizes Wood and 20 other law students from across the country who excel in leadership, focus, and commitment to justice.
Mar
6
2018
Baylor Law Student, Shaina Hayes, Receives Community Meritorious Service Award from Baylor University Police Department
On Friday, March 2nd, Baylor Police Department Chief, Brad Wigtil surprised student Shaina Hayes, 3L, with a Community Meritorious Service Award following a four-month internship with the department where she worked in partnership with human resources, general counsel, and the department’s Accreditation Board, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, to completely revamp the department’s Policy and Procedures manual.
Mar
5
2018
Baylor Lawyer, Lewis R. Sifford, Receives American Board of Trial Advocates <i>Lifetime Achievement Award</i>
Dallas attorney Lewis R. Sifford, J.D. ’72, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the organization’s Board of Directors meeting in San Francisco in January. It’s the highest honor bestowed by the association, and has been awarded only nine times in the organization’s 65-year history.
Jan
30
2018
Baylor Law School Will Teach User Friendly Curriculum, Teaching the Public About Their Legal Rights
Baylor Law will host its annual “People’s Law School” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Attorneys and legal experts will offer 19, free one-hour courses, of which guests can register for three. The courses offered range from family law to consumer rights and many others.
Jan
15
2018
Winners Announced for Baylor Law’s Second Annual National Transactional Law Competition, <i>The Closer</i>
On January 11-14, students from ten of the most accomplished transactional law programs in the country gathered at Baylor Law to participate in the 2018 Transactional Law competition: The Closer.
Jan
9
2018
Baylor Law Faculty Named to AALS Leadership Roles
Several Baylor Law faculty members have been named to key leadership roles in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the nation's largest legal education nonprofit dedicated to upholding and advancing excellence in legal education.
Nov
23
2017
Baylor Law Honors Local Attorneys for <i>Pro Bono</i> Service
Baylor Law School recognized retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Rochelle and Christie Ryan of Dunnam & Dunnam as its 2017 Advocates of the Year at its Waco-McLennan County Bar Association Veterans Day luncheon on Nov. 10.
Nov
21
2017
Texas Access to Justice Foundation Awards Baylor Law $67,000 Grant for Veterans Clinic
In 2012, Professor Bridget Fuselier founded the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic to serve military veterans and their spouses with their civil legal needs. Now in its fifth year, the Veterans Clinic has provided legal assistance to over 750 veterans in Central Texas.
Nov
17
2017
The Family Awakens: Baylor Law School Hosts 10th Annual McLennan County Adoption Day
Baylor Law School hosted the 10th annual McLennan County Adoption Day on Nov. 17, and the Star Wars theme was a hit for the hundreds of people who attended to celebrate the legal adoptions of 33 children into their new families.
Nov
14
2017
Baylor Law Expands Clinical Programs with $60,000 Grant from the Cooper Foundation
Baylor Law School plans to expand its clinical programming through its new Trial Advocacy Clinic with a $60,000 grant from the Cooper Foundation of Waco.
Nov
14
2017
Winners of Baylor Law's Regional Ultimate Writer Competition Announced
The winners of Baylor Law's 2017 Ultimate Writer Regional Legal Writing Competition have been announced. Co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the regional competition is exclusive to Texas law schools. The competition tests competitors’ abilities to review a packet of materials and draft a real-world legal document based on the packet and writing prompt.
Nov
7
2017
Baylor Law No. 1 in July Texas Bar Exam Results
Baylor Law School is again No. 1 among Texas law schools in the state’s bar exam passage rate.
Oct
4
2017
Meet Baylor Law’s First Female Graduate: Emeline Abood Jackson
It’s no secret that the world of law hasn’t always been welcoming to women. At the same time that the women’s suffrage movement was gaining steam at the turn of the 20th century, formal law schools were being created across the nation. Law had been taught at Baylor as early as 1857, making BU the second university west of the Mississippi River to offer law classes, and Baylor Law School built off that with its formal establishment in 1920 — coincidentally, the same year the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.
Oct
2
2017
Baylor Law School: Strengthened by Tradition. Refined by Innovation.
One of the hallmarks of Baylor Law School's 160-year existence has been the consistent development of successful Baylor Lawyers. While law schools across the country are beginning to transition to a more practice-focused curriculum, Baylor Law has remained attentive to its students' professional needs since its inception through long-standing programs like Practice Court and a well-rounded curriculum.
Sep
28
2017
Gift from Sherri and Robert Patton Will Enhance Legal Writing and Pro Bono Clinic in Baylor Law School
Baylor University today announced a gift of $2 million from Sherri W. and Robert “Bobby” L. Patton Jr. of Fort Worth that will enhance the legal writing and pro bono programs in the nationally ranked Baylor Law School. Their gift will help underwrite two programs that already distinguish Baylor Law among its peers, while also providing student scholarship assistance.
Sep
25
2017
The Future of Legal Advice is Here: Baylor Law Students and Texas Attorneys Deliver Pro Bono Legal Aid Through E-Portal
Baylor Law has partnered with Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC to offer an innovative new kind of pro bono clinic–an “Answer-a-Thon”–using the Texas Legal Answers website of the State Bar of Texas. The purpose of the clinic is threefold: to increase access to justice for low-income Texans; to provide law students with an opportunity to gain practical, real-life experience helping clients and working with experienced attorneys; and to remove barriers to attorneys providing pro bono services.
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