Q: Who is eligible for to apply to the Baylor LL.M. program?
The Baylor Law LL.M. in Litigation Management is designed for attorneys who want to specialize in the innovative management of high-stakes or high-volume litigation. To be eligible for the program, you must be an attorney with at least three years of experience practicing law.
Q: Do I need a law degree to apply to the LL.M. program?
Yes, applicants must have earned a J.D. from an ABA-approved U.S. law school or the equivalent of a J.D. from an accredited law school or university in another country.
Q: Do I need to take the LSAT?
No, applicants do not need to take the LSAT. Applicants must be registered with the LSAC to apply to the program.
Q: Does Baylor Law accept transfer credits from another LL.M. program?
No, Baylor Law does not accept transfer credits in the LL.M. program due to the specialized nature of the Litigation Management curriculum.
Q: How can I apply for the Baylor Law LL.M.?
Baylor Law only accepts applications through the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. Please visit http://llm.lsac.org to get started with your application.
Q: What are the application deadlines?
Baylor Law is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 class. The priority deadline for applications is June 1, 2018. The general application deadline is August 1, 2018.
Q: Is there a fee for applying?
Baylor Law does not charge an application fee.
Q: If I am admitted, is a deposit required to hold my place?
Yes, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place in the program.
Q: Am I required to interview for admission?
Yes, our admissions team will conduct short interviews with applicants. Contact Jenny Branson at Jenny_Branson@baylor.edu to schedule an interview.
Q: How do I attach an addendum to my application?
You may email any member of the admissions team with your addendum.
Q: What if I forgot something when I submitted my application?
Email a member of the admissions team, and we will upload it to your file.
Q: My contact information has changed. What should I do?
Contact a member of the admissions team, and we will change your information.
Q: Who should I ask to write my recommendation letters?
Letters from persons familiar with your academic qualifications, practice experience and interests are best. We prefer letters from academic sources or from employment sources with direct knowledge of your work experience with litigation.
Q: May I send the recommendation letters directly to Baylor Law?
No, please send your recommendation letters through the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. Please visit http://llm.lsac.org.
Q: Do you offer financial aid for LL.M. students?
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for federal, state, and private loans.
Foreign students do not qualify for federal financial aid. Applicants are strongly encouraged to investigate other sources of support, such as government or employer grants, scholarships, and loans. Non-U.S. citizens may be able to apply for private loans with a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen. Please contact Jenny Branson at Jenny_Branson@baylor.edu for more information.
Q: How do I know if I qualify as a Texas resident?
To qualify as a Texas resident, an individual must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, reside in Texas for one year, and establish a domicile in Texas prior to enrollment.
Q: What are the medical requirements for incoming students?
All students are required to have a complete health form on file at the health center. Information will be provided in your acceptance packet. LL.M. students are eligible for services at the Health Center while registered in the current session. Dependents and/or spouses are not eligible for services at the Health Center. For information on health insurance, please visit: https://www.baylor.edu/health_center/index.php?id=13936
Q: Am I required to purchase health insurance?
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to purchase health insurance through the University, but it is strongly recommended if they do not have other health insurance. Information is on the University Health Services website.
International students must purchase the University’s student health insurance. Enrollment is automatic and the fee is added directly to the student’s fee bill.
Q: When are admissions decisions made?
The Admissions Committee makes decisions on a rolling basis. We try to make decisions as quickly as possible. If it has been more than 6 weeks since your file was completed, please feel free to contact a member of the admissions team.
Q: How will I be notified of a decision on my application?
Your online status checker will indicate whether a decision has been made. You will receive your admissions decision via mail.
Q: What additional application requirements are there for international students?
Click here for information for international applicants.
Q: How do I request more information about the application process?
Q: What courses will be offered next year?
The courses for next year are posted at http://llm.baylor.edu/curriculum/.
Q: How do I register for classes?
Several weeks before the start of each quarter, you will receive information about how to register for classes.
Q: When must I pay my tuition & fees?
A due date for your tuition and fees will be included in your welcome packet. Tuition and fees will be due prior to each quarter, or a 14-month payment plan is also available. Please contact Jenny_Branson@baylor.edu for additional information.
Q: Can I take LL.M. classes part time?
No, while the LL.M. program is designed with the working professional in mind, all students are required to take 12 hours per trimester.
Q: Does Baylor Law offer classes at any of Baylor’s satellite campuses?
No, all classes during the residential portion of the trimesters are offered in the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center in Waco, TX.
Q: Is there a writing requirement?
Yes, you will complete a research project, on a litigation management topic chosen by you in conjunction with a faculty advisor and an outside advisor. Three credit hours (out of the program total of 36 credit hours) are granted for the research and writing project.
You will produce a detailed written solution (in the format of a publishable legal article) to a selected problem existing in the management of litigation, whether the problem is identified from within your own organization, or in response to a problem identified and raised within the LL.M. program.
Two months during the summer are specifically set aside without coursework to allow additional time for research and writing.
The Trimester System
Q: How long will it take me to complete the LL.M. program?
The three-trimester program will be completed in 14 months.
Q: How many credits are required to complete the LL.M. program at Baylor Law?
You are required to complete 36 trimester credit hours to complete the LL.M. program (equivalent of 24 semester hours).
Q: When and where will I take classes?
The LL.M. program is a unique hybrid between flexible, online learning and intensive, on-campus learning. Two-thirds of the content is provided online for scheduling flexibility. The remaining coursework takes place in three intensive one-week segments on campus (during January, May, and November), working extensively with nationally recognized experts.
Q: How much time should I budget each week for the LL.M. program?
For much of the online portion of the program, you will create your own schedule. You should plan on spending approximately 10 hours per week working through the materials and studying. During the on-campus portions of each trimester, you should plan on an immersive experience that will saturate most of your time each day.
Q: When is the program orientation?
Baylor Law hosts a two-day mandatory orientation on September 20 – 21, 2018.
Q: Where will I stay during on-campus portions of each trimester?
Baylor Law has reserved a block of hotels at the Marriott Courtyard Waco. For more information, please visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wcocy-courtyard-waco/
In addition to having a reserved room, the Marriott will also provide perks such as breakfast, shuttle rides, and coupons for restaurants around town. For additional information about Waco, please click here: https://www.baylor.edu/law/index.php?id=931910
Q: Do I need to have a car?
Although transportation around Waco is easier with a car, the hotel shuttle service will get you to and from the Waco airport, the hotel and the law school, and within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Waco also has Taxi and Uber services available for your convenience.
Q: When should I apply?
International students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow enough time to get visas and other paperwork in order.
Q: How do I procure my student visa?
Please contact International Student and Scholar Services at ISSS_Support@baylor.edu or by phone at +1-254-710-1461.
Q: For applicants with foreign legal degrees, do my transcripts need to be translated into English?
Yes, all higher education transcripts and awards of degrees must be translated into English and provided to LSAC.
Q: For applicants with foreign legal degrees, is it necessary to demonstrate English proficiency?
Whether you will be required to demonstrate English proficiency will be handled on a case by case basis.
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