A Magical Place

Nestled along the rugged coast of the Kingdom of Fife, it was here, in the town of St Andrews, where Robert the Bruce (King Robert I), having waged and won the War for Scottish Independence, held the first Parliament in 1309. It was on these shores overlooking the North Sea where Pope Benedict, by virtue of six Papal Bulls, created Scotland’s first university in 1413. And it was amidst these rolling hills, where the legendary “Old Course at St Andrews,” celebrated as the “home of golf,” gave birth to the sport now enjoyed by millions all over the world.

It was here, at Holy Trinity Church, where fiery John Knox preached his first sermon in leading the Protestant Reformation in 1547. Here, where American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin knelt to receive his honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1759. And here, at St Andrews, where great minds and history’s game changers—from industrialist Andrew Carnegie, to author Rudyard Kipling, to philosopher John Stuart Mill—came to serve the University as Lord Rector.

To walk the cobblestone paths of St Andrews is to walk in the footsteps of giants. For nearly a thousand years, this has been a magical place, where history rises up from the land, lives in the architecture and is reflected in life today—providing a visceral synergy between what students see and learn in the Academy—and what they experience all around them.


The Baylor Law School Academy of the Advocate at St Andrews has been approved by the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee.