Principal Legal Counsel of Litigation & Claims, Whole Foods Market
Executive LL.M. Graduate
“Participating in Baylor Law’s Executive LL.M. program not only exposed me to new areas of law as well as innovative tools, techniques, and strategies, but it also broadened and advanced my ability to efficiently and effectively navigate the economics of handling litigation portfolios. It has been an invaluable experience that has contributed to the realization of professional advancement as well as the development of relationships with diverse leaders that will last.”
A CRITICAL NEED LEADS TO A CAREER OPPORTUNITY
Companies are demanding more streamlined processes to handle large volumes of sophisticated and complex litigation. Costs have become unwieldy and are driven by inefficient hourly billing and the rapid increase in pre-trial litigation.
Law firms and clients are rethinking the entire scope of litigation management to leverage technology and gain some measure of legal cost control:
- 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. Focusing 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. 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 involved.
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.
THE CLASS PROFILE
Since the program’s inception in Fall 2018, the Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management has provided value to an incredibly diverse group of professionals from all across the legal landscape.
16.8 AVG. YEARS
A COURSE OF ACTION
This 17-month program is divided into three trimesters, including time for a research project. Full-time lawyers can aggressively complete the program while maintaining their practice due to approximately two-thirds of the course content being provided online. The remaining third takes place at Baylor Law in a series of three intensive campus sessions throughout the calendar year where students dive deeply into cutting-edge strategy, work collaboratively with other candidates, faculty and mentors, and hone strategic skills.
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.
Baylor Law is now accepting applications for the cohorts starting in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. Our admissions team is available to answer questions, call 254-271-0454.