Curriculum

The Baylor Law LL.M. in Litigation Management provides candidates with both 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 alongside some of 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.
 
Important 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 LL.M. dates can be found here.

 
 

2019-2020   •   Trimester 1   •   Courses Credits
Business Strategies and Processes in Litigation Management 3
Case Assessment Techniques 2
Data Analytics for Litigation 2
Fundamentals of Litigation Management 2
Proving and Attacking Damages 2
Research Project Phase 1 1

2019-2020   •   Trimester 2   •   Courses Credits
Cybersecurity in Litigation Management 2
Litigation Funding 1
Litigation Project Management and Process Improvement 3
Management of Electronic Discovery 4
Privilege Issues Affecting Litigation Management 1
Research Project Phase 2 1

2019-2020   •   Summer: Independent Study   •   Research Project Phase 3

2019-2020   •   Trimester 3   •   Courses Credits
Advanced Litigation Issues (choose two out of four) 2
            - Forum Issues Affecting Major Litigation  
            - International Issues in Litigation Management  
            - Issues in Management of Complex Litigation  
            - Management of Expert Witnesses  
Ethical Issues in Litigation Management 1
Future Technology Trends in Litigation Management 1
Insurance in Litigation Management: Coverage and Analysis 2
Litigation Crisis Management 1
Management of Complex Arbitration and Negotiation Issues 2
Management of Regulatory Investigations 2
Research Project Phase 4 1
2018-2019   •   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

2018-2019   •   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

2018-2019   •   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

Learn What Executive LL.M. Candidates are Saying

When you take all these core competency classes that we're learning—such as damages, cybersecurity, and management of expert witnesses—and put them together in the big scheme of the fundamentals of litigation management, it's helpful information to be able to manage a firm effectively and efficiently, whether it's a one person firm or a 20,000 person firm.
Justin GordonAttorney at Law and Owner Law Offices Justin L. Gordon
I think the residency part of the program is imperative. I do know it's hard for practicing attorneys to get away from work and life and family to come to Waco, Texas, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been great being able to see the university and the facilities and really get that face-to-face interaction with our professors. But probably my favorite part of the residency program is getting to know my colleagues and spending some real time with them!
Tara SmithSenior Associate Council for Walmart Inc.
What I like about the on-campus residency experience is it's getting everybody in a room together with the faculty and with guest speakers, and we're engaging in a lot of thought leadership about issues that are affecting the practice of law and the practice of litigation—both from an inside counsel and outside counsel perspective. That to me is the most invaluable part of the program.
Drew YorkPartner at Gray, Reed, and McGraw
I think it's nice that you feel a little more involved with the program by coming to campus a few times a year, and you get to meet your classmates on a different level than when you're working remotely. We are all working full-time jobs in addition to this program. So it's nice to get an opportunity to feel like we are all one group, and get to hear the different questions and feedback people have—because everybody's coming from a different perspective.
Patrick RuttingerAttorney at Travelers Insurance

Structure

Designed to accommodate working attorneys, the Baylor Law LL.M. in Litigation Management is geared to maximize your time and help you reach your goal—efficiently and effectively.

The three-trimester program can be completed in just 14 months, with approximately two-thirds of the content provided online via live lectures and flexible learning tools. For much of the time, you create your own schedule. The remaining coursework takes place in three one-week segments on campus, interacting with nationally recognized experts in focused, compact time frames. After the second trimester, you’ll be able to choose a specific area of interest to devote to research—all while maintaining your regular practice.

Important 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 LL.M. dates can be found here.

Here’s how it works:

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 special projects. The flexible course design means you continue your career while augmenting your skills and knowledge base.


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.

They 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.