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Baylor University School of Law is a private, ABA‑approved law school and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Formally organized in 1857, Baylor Law School is the oldest law school in Texas and is located on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


The Princeton Review notes that "Baylor University is very small, very affordable, and very difficult to get into. For students lucky enough to gain admission, Baylor's unique, ultra‑intense, and 'tough' Practice Court Program is arguably the best training ground in the nation for practical lawyering..."


Baylor Law School indeed stands at the forefront of practice‑oriented law schools nationally. Baylor is singularly clear about its mission ‑ to equip students upon graduation to practice law effectively and ethically. Students are trained and mentored in all facets of law, including theoretical analysis, practical application, legal writing, advocacy, professional responsibility, and negotiation and counselling skills.


The Law School is small by choice, with entering classes of approximately 65 students in the spring, 30 in the summer, and 65 in the fall. Baylor Law School has a target student population of 400. We keep our program small because, at Baylor, we are interested in producing quality not quantity.


Baylor Law School is first a teaching school, and one of the few law schools in the nation in which the granting of tenure is primarily based upon a professor's teaching effectiveness. Faculty members hold degrees from law schools and universities throughout the nation. One of the distinctive features of the faculty is that professors maintain unrestricted hours for student consultation. Faculty members are experts in their areas and have significant practical experience. They produce a significant amount of legal scholarship, which results in their demand as speakers at legal institutes and civic functions. They are actively involved in all intraschool and interscholastic competitions. Every professor is available for lending advice and guidance in all academic, professional and other matters of concern to students.


The Law School's required curriculum is structured to provide a logical progression for legal study from fundamental legal doctrine in first‑year courses to increasingly more sophisticated and complex second and third‑year courses. Ther challenging curriculum, along with the opportunity to perform specialized lawyering tasks under the direct supervision of accomplished lawyers, prepares students for the rigors of any type of modern legal practice. Additionally, students have the opportunity to complete a more concentrated course of study and training in six areas of interest: General Civil Litigation, Business Litigation, Business Transactions, Criminal Practice, Estate Planning, and Administrative Practice.


The third‑year required Practice Court program is the finest preparation for trial practice any law student can obtain. Procedure is the tool of the trial lawyer and Practice Court is an intensive study of civil procedure. In addition to the science of procedure, students will learn the art of trial advocacy in a rigorous program of skills training.


The Law School occupies an all new state‑of‑the‑art Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center on the banks of the Brazos River which opened in August 2001. The three story facility has a classic red brick and cut stone exterior, with a very large, finely landscaped entry courtyard and impressive river bank elevation.


The Law Center is a technologically advanced facility that is designed to meet the needs of contemporary legal education. The new Law Center was developed for America's top law students who are pursuing the best practical legal education. The Law Center includes modern classrooms, practice courtrooms, a magnificent library, faculty offices designed for mentoring, and bright and spacious student areas.


Baylor Law School offers a stimulating variety of enjoyable student activities and organizations that enhance the students' legal education. Students can compete interscholastically with Baylor's nationally recognized mock trial and moot court teams. Students can hone their writing and legal scholarship abilities by being a member of the Baylor Law Review, which is a legal periodical published quarterly by the students under the supervision of faculty. Baylor Law School also offers a wide variety of "special interest" student organizations focused on particular areas of law.


Employers value Baylor Lawyers for three reasons: our graduates are more prepared....they're more polished and professional...and they graduate knowing how to practice law. The Career Services Office, led by a licensed attorney and Baylor Law Graduate, is one of the best in the country at helping prospective graduates plan career strategies, identify job opportunities, market themselves, and improve interviewing skills. Over 97% of our 2002 graduates found employment prior to graduation or shortly after passing the bar. Approximately 6% took employment outside of Texas. Over 200 national, regional, and local employers interview our students every year.


Baylor Law School is an institution built upon a program of excellence. We adhere to a standard of excellence backed by a dedicated faculty, supportive alumni, an outstanding curriculum, and exceptional, hardworking students. It is a sure‑fire formula for success.



Bradley J.B. Toben (254) 710‑1911


Becky Beck (254) 710‑4842

Financial Aid:

Heather A. Creed (254) 710‑7617


Brandon Quarles (254) 710‑4916


Katherine Logue (254) 710‑1210

Alumni Affairs:

Heather A. Creed

Associate Dean:

Leah Jackson (254) 710‑1911



BRADLEY J.B. TOBEN, (Dean & Governor Bill & Vara Faye Daniel Professor), born Richmond Heights, Missouri, September 21, 1954; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas and Missouri. Education: University of Missouri‑St. Louis (B.A., 1974); Baylor Law School (J.D., 1977); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1981). COURSES: Bankruptcy & Debtors/Creditors. Email:

LARRY T. BATES, (Professor of Law), born Minneapolis, MN, September 3, 1955; admitted to bar, 1983, Wisconsin; 1988, Texas. Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1978); Marquette Law School (J.D., 1983); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1986). COURSES: Commercial Law, Bankruptcy, Constitutional Law. Email:


RONALD LYNN BEAL, (Professor of Law), born Monmouth, IL, July 7, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Minnesota; 1998, Texas. Education: St. Olaf College (B.A., 1975); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); Temple University School of Law (LL.M., 1983). COURSES: Texas Administrative Law, Federal Ad Law, Conflicts of Law Legislation. Email:


MATTHEW C. CORDON, (Associate Professor of Law and Reference Librarian), born Charleston, IL, February 5, 1971; admitted to bar, 1999, Texas. Education: Central Methodist College (B.S., 1994); University of North Texas (M.S., 2001); Texas Wesleyan University (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email:


WILLIAM JEREMY COUNSELLER, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Houston, Texas, September 12, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Education: Stephen F. Austin State University (B.A., 1996); Baylor University (M.B.A., 2000; J.D., 2000). COURSES: Civil Procedure. Email:


HEATHER ANN CREED, (Director of Student Relations), born Indiana, August 22, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, Texas. Education: Taylor University (B.S., 1997); Baylor Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Taylor University (B.S., 1997); Baylor Law School (J.D., 2002). Email:


MELISSA ANN ESSARY, (Professor of Law), born Lubbock, Texas, May 21, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.J., 1982); Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Torts, Employment Discrimination Law. Email:


THOMAS M. FEATHERSTON, JR., (Mills Cox Professor of Law), born San Antonio, Texas, March 28, 1949; admitted to bar, 1973, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.B.A., 1971; J.D., 1972). COURSES: Trusts and Estates. Email:


DAVID MICHAEL GUINN, (Louise L. Morrison Professor of Constitutional Law), born Cleburne, Texas, February 24, 1939; admitted to bar, 1963, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1960; J.D., 1963); University of Michigan (L.L.M.., 1966). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Local Government, Voting Rights. Email:


EDWIN P. HORNER, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Davis, Oklahoma, November 27, 1915; admitted to bar, 1946, Texas. Education: University of Oklahoma (B.S., 1937); Southern Methodist University (LL.B., 1948). COURSES: Contracts, Oil and Gas.


LEAH WITCHER JACKSON, (Associate Dean and Professor of Law), born Waco, Texas, July 15, 1961; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.B.A., 1983; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation. Email:


KATHERINE A. LOGUE, (Director of Career Services), born Waco, Texas, April 27, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1984); Baylor Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Appellate Procedure. Email:


ANGUS S. MCSWAIN, (Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Emeritus), born Bryan, November 26, 1923; admitted to bar, 1949, Texas. Education: Texas A&M University (B.S., 1947); Baylor Law School (J.D., 1949); University of Michigan (LL.M., 1951). COURSES: Property. Email:


ELIZABETH S. MILLER, (Professor of Law), born Rockford, Illinois, June 10, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Business Organizations. Email:


MICHAEL D. MORRISON, (William J. Boswell Professor of Law), born Tampa, Florida, February 9, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Oklahoma and Kansas; 1982, Texas. Education: Oklahoma University (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1974). COURSES: Remedies, Immigration, Local Gov't. Email:


MARK WILLIAM OSLER, (Associate Professor of Law), born Detroit, Michigan, February 21, 1963; admitted to bar, 1992, Michigan. Education: William & Mary (B.A., 1985); Yale Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Criminal Law. Email:


GERALD READING POWELL, (Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence Law), born Vernon, Texas, February 18, 1952; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1974; J.D., 1977). COURSES: Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Practice Court. Email:


BRANDON DAVIS QUARLES, (Director of the Law Library/ Associate Professor of Law), born Fort Worth, Texas, August 30, 1968; admitted to bar, 1993, Texas. Education: Southwestern University (B.A., 1990); University of North Texas (M.L.S., 1995); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


MICHAEL R. ROGERS, (Professor of Law), born Hays, Kansas, April 23, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Kansas; 1986, Texas. Education: Texas Tech University (B.B.A., 1972); University of Oklahoma (J.D., 1974). COURSES: ADR, Family Law, Securities Regulation.


BRIAN JAMES SERR, (Professor of Law), born Pontiac, Illinois, December 16, 1958; admitted to bar, 1984, Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Education: Dana College (B.S., 1981); Washington University (J.D., 1984); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure. Email:


DAVID G. SWENSON, (George G. Kelly Professor of Law), born Belmond, Iowa, May 3, 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, Colorado; 1980, Illinois; 1986, Texas. Education: Iowa State University; University of Michigan (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Antitrust, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Negotiable Instruments, Sports Law. Email:


WILLIAM ROBERT TRAIL, (Darrell L. Keith Professor of Law and Medicine), born January 6, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Virginia, 1977, Texas. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1969); University of Virginia (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Contracts & Professional Responsibility. Email:


WILLIAM DAVID UNDERWOOD, (Leon Jaworski Professor of Practice and Procedure), born Ft. Morgan, Colorado, October 10, 1986; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Education: Oklahoma Baptist University (B.A., 1982); University of Illinois (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Civil Procedure. Email:


PATRICIA A. WILSON, (Professor of Law), born Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 18, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Education: Purdue University (B.A., 1982); Northwestern University of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Property, Consumer Protection, Client Counselling, Interviewing. Email: