The Baylor Law Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management provides candidates with a broad understanding as well as a deep dive into the highly valued disciplines, tools, and techniques critical to successful litigation management.

 

From the fundamentals of litigation planning, strategy and risk management, to electronic discovery, case assessment and fee management, to new and evolving technology tools, data analytics and cybersecurity—candidates hone their skills with guidance from the top litigation management experts in the country.

 

The LL.M. degree program requires 36 trimester hours (equivalent to 24 semester hours), spanning three trimesters (Fall, Spring and Fall), along with a summer research project. Courses are taught online with a short, on-campus requirement at Baylor Law at the close of each of the three trimesters.

 

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Program Structure

Designed to accommodate working attorneys, the Baylor Law Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management program is geared to maximize your time and help you reach your goal—efficiently and effectively. The three-trimester program can be completed in 14 months, with approximately two-thirds of the content provided online via live lectures and flexible learning tools. The remaining coursework takes place in three, one-week segments on campus where participants interact with nationally recognized experts in focused, compact time frames. After the second trimester, participants select a specific area of interest to devote to research—all while maintaining a regular, full-time practice.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

14 weeks flexible online learning

During each 14-week trimester, candidates have weekly learning sessions that are self-paced. Designed for working professionals, the lectures, interviews and projects are available 24 hours a day so that each candidate can complete that week’s assignments at times that are convenient for them. Faculty hold online office hours each week, and candidates work together online to complete projects. The flexible course design means you continue your career while augmenting your skills and knowledge base.

 

1+ week intensive on-campus learning

Three times during the program, candidates study at the award-winning Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center at Baylor Law. These weeklong, intensive, on-campus sessions are held at the end of each trimester. On-campus sessions feature extensive personal interaction with leading litigation counsel from across the nation. During these intensive periods, students dive deeply into cutting edge strategy, work collaboratively with other candidates, faculty and mentors, and hone strategic skills.

 

Trimester 1: Courses Credits
Fundamentals of Litigation Management 4
Cybersecurity for Litigation 2
Proving and Attacking Damages 2
Data Analytics for Litigation 1
Forum Issues Affecting Major Litigation 1
Management of Expert Witnesses 1
Research Project Phase 1 1

Trimester 2: Courses Credits
Management of Electronic Discovery 4
Business Strategy and Processes in Litigation Management 3
Case Assessment Techniques 2
Litigation Crisis Management 1
Privilege Issues Affecting Litigation Management 1
Research Project Phase 2 1

Summer: Independent Study - Research Project Phase 3

Trimester 3: Courses Credits
Litigation Project Management and Process Improvement 4
Complex Arbitration and Negotiation Issues 2
Insurance Coverage and Claims 2
Management of Regulatory Investigations 2
Future Technology Trends in Litigation 1
Research Project Phase 4 1
Trimester 1: Courses Credits
Fundamentals of Litigation Management 0
Cybersecurity for Litigation 0
Proving and Attacking Damages 0
Data Analytics for Litigation 0
Forum Issues Affecting Major Litigation 0
Management of Expert Witnesses 1
Research Project Phase 1 1

Trimester 2: Courses Credits
Management of Electronic Discovery 4
Business Strategy and Processes in Litigation Management 3
Case Assessment Techniques 2
Litigation Crisis Management 1
Privilege Issues Affecting Litigation Management 1
Research Project Phase 2 1

Summer: Independent Study - Research Project Phase 3

Trimester 3: Courses Credits
Litigation Project Management and Process Improvement 4
Complex Arbitration and Negotiation Issues 2
Insurance Coverage and Claims 2
Management of Regulatory Investigations 2
Future Technology Trends in Litigation 1
Research Project Phase 4 1

 

What the Experts are Saying:

For years, litigation complexity and outside counsel’s marketing sophistication increased more rapidly than in-house counsel’s ability to keep up. The gap resulted in misallocation of client resources and litigation strategies that diverged from client needs. Baylor’s new Executive LL.M. program, headed by Professor Wren, helps remedy this problem—providing in-house counsel with training and tools (such as newly available ‘big data’ platforms) to make more informed decisions about selecting and managing outside litigation counsel and be more involved in developing litigation strategy.
Steven M. GeiszlerU.S. Chief Intellectual Property Litigation Counsel, Huawei
Litigation is a fact of life for businesses in America. Generally, I inform clients that litigation is ‘bad for business.’ However, the negative impact can be minimized by effectively managing cases. Doing that necessarily involves understanding the process, procedures and tactics of litigation and developing a working relationship with your attorneys. Successfully and efficiently managing litigation involves teamwork between the client and the attorneys. This cannot happen unless one truly understands the process and has the tools necessary for managing litigation. I believe the Baylor Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management will provide that understanding and equip its participants with the necessary tools.
David A. DialNamed Partner, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial