Baylor Law Named One of the 50 Best Law Schools in the U.S.

Oct. 10, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 10, 2014) - Baylor Law School is ranked as one of the 50 Best Law Schools in the U.S. by the business and technology news website, Business Insider.

Baylor Law ranks No. 32 on the list, which is topped by Harvard Law School. The only other Texas law school ranked on the Business Insider list is the University of Texas School of Law at No. 20.

"Baylor touts a highly customizable curriculum," according to Business Insider. "Students are permitted to start in the fall, spring, or summer, and may take any quarter off to pursue a clerkship, externship, or study abroad experience."

Business Insider based its rankings on a survey of more than 400 American legal professionals who were asked to select the 10 law schools that would best serve a legal career. Tuition costs were used as a tiebreaker, with lower tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.

"When Baylor Law students graduate, they are practice ready," said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben. "In their third year, Baylor Law students take Practice Court, where try multiple cases from beginning to end in order to learn the spectrum of a lawyer's experience. It is a facet that students often find one of the most strenuous but compelling components of their Baylor education. Because of this program, they will not only know what to expect when they walk into court on their first job assignment, but they will also be able to present themselves as lawyers who indeed know their way around."

Baylor Law School's advocacy program is ranked No. 3 by U.S. New & World Report.

Last month, Baylor Law School ranked No. 2 in The National Jurist's Best Value rankings for providing the best value in legal education. The rankings looked at tuition, debt, and cost of living, and compared those numbers with the percentage of students employed and bar pass rates.


Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was the first law school in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,000 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S.News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as the third best in the nation. Baylor Law School is ranked No. 54 in the magazine's 2013 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." Learn more at


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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