A CRITICAL NEED
The legal profession is taking on water. Legal expenses are soaring past the rate of other business costs. Companies are demanding more streamlined processes to handle large volumes of sophisticated and complex litigation. Driven by inefficient hourly billing and the rapid increase in pre-trial litigation, costs have become unwieldy. To leverage technology and gain some measure of legal cost control, law firms and clients are rethinking the entire scope of litigation management:
Corporations are pressuring general counsel to rein in rampant spending, calling for more predictability and efficiency.
General counsel are bringing routine litigation in-house, while demanding more creative alternative fee agreements for the litigation handled by outside counsel.
Outside counsel are racing to embrace new business models, new strategies, and new technologies that promise to gain a competitive edge in this rapidly changing market.
And judges, often tasked with managing heavily laden dockets are looking to attorneys to reduce the inefficiencies that keep the costs climbing.
Expertise and solutions are in short supply. Many who are being charged with managing the costs—both as inside counsel or as managers of their firm’s litigation portfolio—are learning on the job. They have no formal training in litigation management, and no ready access to the emerging skill sets necessary to navigate these uncharted waters.
A CAREER OPPORTUNITY
The need for litigation management is exploding. The ability to focus on innovative and systematic approaches for lowering and controlling litigation costs is developing into a vital discipline for companies and law firms alike. Employers are looking for candidates with specialized litigation management and business backgrounds. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of those with litigation management skills will grow faster than the average for all occupations. And with technology delivering new ways to analyze significantly more data to make quicker, smarter, more cost-effective decisions— there has not been a more opportune time to get on board.
For attorneys looking to direct a litigation portfolio, assume new leadership and management roles, become the go-to resource in litigation strategy, gain a competitive edge, and accelerate their career—this is the time. For companies looking to groom their rising stars to assume command of the strategic litigation complexities that lie ahead—this is the time. For litigation firms looking to retain their best and brightest while adding value through arguably today’s most critical legal skillset—this is the time. And this is the program.
A LANDMARK PROGRAM
Baylor Law builds on its prowess as the #3 ranked Trial Advocacy program in the country (by U.S. News & World Report) to bring together a “Brain Trust” of the recognized innovators and top litigation management specialists from all over the nation. This program is truly unique. Baylor Law is the first to develop the leading edge disciplines and skill sets crucial to modern litigation strategy and management found in this program.
The Baylor Law Executive LL.M. is far ahead of the tide. While some programs include a focus on litigation, no other program is centered exclusively on litigation management and the emerging trends driven by technology and e-discovery—and no program is offered online. And unlike most LL.M. programs targeting graduates fresh out of law school, the Baylor Law LL.M. is designed for career-driven, working attorneys with a minimum of three years in practice.
A COURSE OF ACTION
Here’s how it works:
Flexible Structure—a 14-month program divided into three trimesters, including time for a research project during the summer. With approximately two-thirds of the course content provided online, full-time lawyers can aggressively complete the program while maintaining their practice. The remaining third takes place at Baylor Law in a series of three intensive campus sessions in January, May and November of the calendar year. LEARN MORE
Innovative Curriculum—from the fundamentals of litigation planning, strategy and risk management, to electronic discovery, data analytics and the impact of new technology—the program offers a real world, real-results focus on the tactics, tools and techniques that drive successful litigation management. LEARN MORE
National Brain Trust—the chance to learn firsthand from the nation’s foremost authorities—renowned litigation management experts drawn from corporate litigation, top law firms and the federal judiciary. This is not a collection of law professors talking theoretically. This is a rare, best-in-class convergence of the nation’s premiere thought leaders, coming together to guide young lawyers through the very issues they will encounter as they step into strategic and leadership roles. LEARN MORE
Individual Customization—candidates entering the program will draw on their experience and specialized interests to identify a narrower segment of litigation management they wish to devote to research. The ability to align a portion of the curriculum with one’s professional goals provides a personalized learning experience geared to translate directly back into each lawyer’s practice. LEARN MORE
Graduates of the program leave with more than an understanding of the modern best practices in today’s high-stakes litigation. They tap into a network of the nation’s leading litigation specialists. They come away with a unique set of tools that separate them from their peers. And they reposition themselves at the center of one of the most critical areas in high volume litigation:
1. Helmsmen Wanted
With nearly every corporation and major law firm looking to mitigate the rising costs of litigation, lawyers who are equipped to take the helm and confidently steer a high volume of cases through uncertain waters are in high demand—both as inside and outside counsel. In recent times, the lead role in litigation management has emerged as the ultimate “go-to” position, in some cases ranking second only to that of lead attorney, or General Counsel, with the success of each often tied to the skills of their litigation director.
2. Exclusive Toolkit
The skill sets required to effectively manage the complexities of high volume, high stakes litigation aren’t learned in law school. With technology rapidly changing the course of litigation, there’s little mentorship to be had on the job. The real-world disciplines developed here give lawyers a set of highly-prized tools that no one else has. Their ability to think strategically, act decisively, manage efficiently, and leverage technology to navigate constantly changing conditions place them significantly ahead of their peers.
3. Career Accelerator
High demand skills unlock career opportunities once thought out of reach. Outside counsel looking to transition to general counsel becomes more attractive when positioned as someone who can successfully manage the internal portfolio as well as skillfully direct its outside firms. The lawyer looking to accelerate his or her path to partner demonstrates unique capabilities critical to the financial success of the firm. And the attorney whose strengths and interests lie more in becoming team leader than lead attorney can deliver value across hundreds, and even thousands of cases.
4. Rapid ROI
For companies and firms looking to identify and groom the difference-makers of tomorrow, the short-term investment in personnel with the unique skills to steer the long-term future of litigation is small compared with the payouts down the line. For graduates of the program, the return is virtually instantaneous. The insights, experiences, tools and techniques learned all immediately transfer to current practice.
5. One-of-a-Kind Opportunity
The Baylor LL.M. is unique. There is nothing else like it in the country. Nowhere can the disciplines and elite skills necessary for litigation management be found in one place—in one program—with the depth and breadth of instruction as here. With a workable, 14-month format, roughly two thirds of the instruction is arranged to accommodate working professionals. This is the time to get on board. This is the time to plot a course for a highly rewarding career. This is the time to set sail.
Baylor Law is now accepting applications for its inaugural class, set to begin in Fall of 2018.