Baylor University Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center

Baylor University Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center

North America Schools

The Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center at Baylor University is a state-of-the-art facility that houses the university’s renowned law school. The building was completed in 2011 and was funded by the generous donations of alumni, friends, and donors. It features classrooms, faculty offices, a library, a moot courtroom, and other study areas. The building also includes several unique spaces such as the Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Library with its two-story atrium, the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, and the Judge James Noel Dean’s Suite. With its modern architecture and technology, the Law Center provides students with an ideal environment for learning and research.

This page focuses on national rankings, acceptance rates, program costs, and merit-based scholarships of Baylor Law School, an accredited law program in the United States.

Address: Baylor University
1114 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706
+1 254-710-1911

Ranking: Baylor University (Umphrey)

Baylor University Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center is one of the top law schools in the nation. It is ranked #49 in the US News & World Report’s 2021 Best Law Schools rankings and #27 on the 2020 Above The Law Top 50 Law School Rankings. The school has also been ranked among the top 10 best law schools for intellectual property and health law by US News & World Report. Additionally, Baylor University Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center has been recognized as a “Best Value” law school by National Jurist Magazine, as well as one of the top 20 most innovative law schools by PreLaw Magazine.

The school provides students with an exceptional legal education, featuring a robust curriculum with over 70 courses in 16 areas of concentration. Students have access to numerous experiential learning opportunities through clinics, externships and internships. In addition to these opportunities, students can take advantage of several social activities throughout the year including student organizations, intramural sports and various cultural events. With its impressive faculty, resources and commitment to excellence in legal education, Baylor University Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center is an outstanding choice for those looking to pursue a career in law.

Top Law Schools of 2020
Score 48
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 2.5
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest) 3.2
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.39-3.79
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 156-162
Overall acceptance rate 33.4%
Student/faculty ratio 15.4
Graduates employed at graduation 61.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 93.3%
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 98.5%
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TX
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 84.0%

Tuition & Scholarships: Baylor University (Umphrey)

Baylor University Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center offers an affordable tuition rate for its students. Full-time students pay a flat tuition rate of $19,000 per semester, while part-time students pay $1,400 per credit hour. In addition to the tuition rate, there are several scholarships available to help reduce the cost of attendance for eligible students. The Baylor Law Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis and is renewable for up to three years of law school. Additionally, Baylor Law offers several merit-based scholarships such as the Dean’s Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Other scholarship opportunities include the Bar None Scholars Program, which provides funding for first-year law students who have been accepted into Baylor Law and demonstrate financial need; and the Public Interest Scholars Program, which provides funding for public interest law students who demonstrate financial need and commitment to public service. Additionally, Baylor Law also has a loan forgiveness program that can help offset some of the cost of attendance for those who qualify.

Financial Aid Office Information
Financial aid application deadline 02/15
Financial aid director Jackie Diaz
Financial aid telephone (254) 710-2611
2019-2020 Expenses
Tuition Full-time: $36,080 per year
Room and board $10,593
Books $1,914
Miscellaneous expenses $5,214
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes
2019 Grants
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 53.6%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 12.7%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of full tuition 4.5%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 13.6%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
25th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $3,444
Median grant amount of aid per full-time recipient (50th percentile) $3,444
75th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $23,788
25th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Median grant amount of aid per part-time recipient (50th percentile) N/A
75th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Indebtedness
Average indebtedness of 2019 graduates who incurred law school debt $88,681
Proportion who borrowed 81.4%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2019 J.D. graduates? No

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