Purpose of This Publication
This publication provides a description of those programs and activities of Baylor University which are indicated in the title and text. It is not an offer to make a contract.
The administration and faculty of Baylor University believe that the educational and other programs of Baylor University, including those described herein, are effective and valuable, and that they provide skills and/or understanding in keeping with the subject matter of the program.
The ultimate results of programs offered, however, in terms of achievement, employment, professional licensing, or other measure, are also dependent on factors outside the programs, such as the personality and energy of the students, governmental or institutional regulations, and market conditions. Therefore, except as specifically stated herein, Baylor University makes no representation or contract that following a particular course or curriculum will result in specific achievement, employment or qualification for employment, admission to degree programs, or licensing for particular professions or occupations.
It is sometimes necessary or appropriate to change the programs offered. Baylor University retains the right to terminate or change any and all other aspects of its educational and other programs at any time without prior notice.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
Baylor University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information or the refusal to submit to a genetic test, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed military service, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, Texas, or local law (“Protected Characteristics”). These Protected Characteristics are interpreted consistently with relevant and applicable law.
Baylor University admits students of any Protected Characteristic to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any Protected Characteristic in employment or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
The University is controlled by a predominantly Baptist Board of Regents and is operated within the Christian-oriented aims and ideals of Baptists. Baylor is also affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, a cooperative association of autonomous Texas Baptist churches. Baylor’s commitment to equal opportunity and respect of others does not undermine the validity and effect of the constitutional and statutory protections for its religious liberty, including, without limitation, the religious organization exemption under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the religious exemption to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, among others.
As a religiously controlled institution of higher education, the University prescribes standards of personal conduct. While the University does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, per se, it does regulate conduct that is inconsistent with the religious values and beliefs that are integral to its Christian faith mission. See the Baylor Statement on Human Sexuality at https://www.baylor.edu/risk/doc.php/343044.pdf. This policy statement is neither intended to discourage, nor is it in fact applicable to, any analytical discussion of law and policy issues involved, or to discussions of any recommendations for changes in existing law. Discussions of these matters are both practiced and are welcomed within our curriculum.
For additional information, visit the Baylor University Student Policies & Procedures webpage.
Equal Access to University Educational Programs
Baylor University provides equal access to all University educational programs to every qualified student. However, if any student requires special personal services or equipment, the student will be responsible for the expenses thereof. This policy includes the expense of providing personal tutors, personal attendants, medical technicians, and so forth. The Office of Access and Learning Accommodation will assist such student in communicating with the proper community or governmental agency to secure any available financial assistance to meet his or her needs.
Directory information includes: name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, dates of attendance, level and classification, University ID card photograph, previous institution(s) attended, field(s) of study, awards, scholarships, honors, degree(s) conferred and date(s), full-time/part-time status, earned hours, expected graduation date or degree candidacy, thesis and dissertation titles and advisors, past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors of athletes (age, height, weight), and date and place of birth.
If you are applying for admission to a program that may prepare you for an occupational license and/or if you later decide to change to such a program, Texas law requires that Baylor notify you of your potential eligibility to obtain a license due to prior criminal convictions. For more information, visit https://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=948617.
Student Aid Information
Financial aid programs available to law students include academic scholarships, grants, Federal Work-Study, federal educational loans, and alternative loans through various private lenders. Students interested in consideration for financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.studentaid.gov. Visit the Student Financial Services website at https://www.baylor.edu/sfs/ for additional information regarding the financial aid application process.
The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, between Baylor University and any applicant, student, student’s family, faculty, or staff member. Baylor University reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, or change fees, tuition, rules, calendar, curricula, degree programs, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirement affecting students. Changes will become effective at the time the proper authorities so determine, and the changes will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled. This catalog is a general information publication only, and it is not intended to, nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students.
Baylor Law School offers fifteen “Professional Tracks of Study." These tracks will provide students with the opportunity to focus their studies based on interest and career goals.
Students are not required to complete a professional track or special distinction, but are encouraged to do so. Students interested in one or more areas of study should see one of the designated faculty members for additional information about the benefits of pursuing the completion of a track or special distinction. Planning needs to begin as early in law school as possible to avoid potential scheduling conflicts.
Professional tracks of study will not be noted on the law school transcript.
Professors who can be consulted about a particular track or special distinction are listed on the following pages.
- Administrative Practice Track
- Business Litigation Track
- Business Planning Track
- Commercial Law Track
- Criminal Practice Track
- Estate Planning Track
- Family Law Practice Track
- Fiduciary Litigation Track
- General Civil Litigation Track
- Healthcare Law Track
- Intellectual Property Track
- Intellectual Property Litigation Track
- Personal Injury Litigation Track
- Public Interest Law Track
- Real Estate & Natural Resources Track
Baylor Law School offers seven “Special Distinctions.” These distinctions will provide students with the opportunity to focus their studies based on interest and career goals.
Special Distinctions will be noted on the transcript after completion and will be recognized at commencement.
Faculty members who can be consulted about a particular special distinction are listed on the following pages.