2020 Awaits

Dear Students,

Every year we look forward to the Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews - it is a wonderful place and an incredible learning experience that we get to share with great people, like you.  So, I am deeply disappointed to inform you that Baylor University has canceled all study abroad programs for the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This cancellation extends to the Academy of the Advocate.  This cancellation is necessary to support the global effort to fight the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the wider community. 
We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of the cancellation. 
We will resume the Academy in July 2021. If you haven’t graduated by then, we hope that you will consider applying for next year’s program.  We are committed to making it the best offering of the program yet. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Stephen Rispoli (Stephen_Rispoli@Baylor.edu).
Jeremy Counseller
Program Director
Baylor Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews

The 2020 Academy of the Advocate begins on Sunday, July 26, 2020 with an afternoon orientation in Scotland. However, the first class session is a mandatory online pre-departure orientation session, and it will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Students registered for the Academy will be sent information about how to access the mandatory online pre-departure orientation session. Regular classes commence on Monday, July 27, 2020 and continue through Sunday, August 9, 2020. Grades are based on students’ participation in discussion and performance on graded advocacy exercises, including a “Final Argument” for the School of the Appeal students and a “Final Trial” for the students participating in the School of the Trial and the Advanced School of the Trial. All “finals” will take place on the last day of the program.

With enrollment limited, you can start your application on Jan. 1, 2020.


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