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The Baylor Law School at Baylor University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Nicole Masciopinto
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $40
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in winter/spring, summer

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 15.4% - Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.69
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 162

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 15.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 159-163
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.37-3.88
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.69
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 162

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Quarter
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.P.P.A.
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.Tax
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Baylor's rigorous & unique curriculum is described at law.baylor.edu/curriculum/curriculum.htm. Seven areas of concentration (General Civil Litigation, Business Litigation, Criminal Practice, Business Transactions, Estate Planning, Administrative Practice & Intellectual Property); 3 joint degree programs (JD/MBA, JD/MTax, & JD/MPPA) and a 2 week summer program in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 90
Seminars 9
Positions available in seminars 103
Positions available in simulation courses 1,194
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 5
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students find a stimulating variety of enjoyable student activities and organizations at Baylor Law School. Baylor hosts two intrascholastic Moot Court and two Mock Trial competitions and one intrascholastic Client Counseling competition each year. Students can join a variety of student organizations. Please see http://law.baylor.edu/CurrentStudents/CS_studentOrgs.html

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 55
Is there typically a full-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year "small section" 46
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 103
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 1,194
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 5
Full-time students involved in field placements 129
Full-time students involved in law journals 83
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 71
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 62

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.9:1 - Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 45
Full-time minority faculty 11.5%
Part-time minority faculty 5.3%
Total faculty 50
Total faculty (men) 72.0%
Total faculty (women) 28.0%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.0%

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

#51 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#50 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#5 in Trial Advocacy

Law Ranking Scores

Score 55
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.4
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.37-3.88
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.69
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 159-163
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 162
Acceptance rate 15.4% - Low
Student-faculty ratio 13.9:1 - Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.0% - Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 89.5% - Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.9% - High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TX
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.5%
 

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 437

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 435

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 2

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 2.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 5.6%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 3.0%
Female students discontinuing law school 3.0%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Jackie Diaz
Financial aid phone (254) 710-2611
Financial aid application deadline February 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $43,573 per year
Room and board $9,657
Books $1,659
Miscellaneous expenses $6,069
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 33.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 32.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.1%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 12.2%
Median grant amount $22,185
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $6,125–$36,750
Full-time students receiving grants 80.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $105,949
Proportion who borrowed 83.5%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No
 

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 26,933
Microform titles 4,785
Electronic titles 24,412
Other non-book titles 642
Total titles 56,772
Volumes (excluding microforms) 114,477
Volume equivalent microforms 129,473
Total volumes and volume equivalents 243,950
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library's online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 108
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 48
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 58
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 48
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 7
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 8

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department, other
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 3
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 125
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 616
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 12
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 30
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 50,530
Total seats available for library users 279
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Baylor Law School has a spectacular 128,000 square foot, three-story building that is designed to meet the needs of a contemporary legal education. Please see a virtual tour at: http://law.baylor.edu/New_Building/VirtualTour.htm
 

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TX
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.9% - High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 162
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 89.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 8.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 92.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 39.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 89.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 6.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Median private sector starting salary $80,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $100,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 64%
Median public service starting salary $52,535

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.5%
Percent employed in business and industry 12.6%
Percent employed in government 11.9%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 4.9%
Percent employed in law firms 64.3%
Percent employed in public interest 1.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 1.4%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 93%
Graduates employed out-of-state 7.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 10
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 1.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 94.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations The Career Development Office helps students plan their career strategies, identify job opportunities, market themselves, and improve their interviewing skills. The CDO also works with employers to assist in their hiring needs and many resources are provided through Symplicity, an online career network. Symplicity workshops are regularly held to assist students in their professional development.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 89.4%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 92.9%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 8.5%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 1.4%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.7%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%
 


 
 

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