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Class: Graduate-Level
Program Description:
Academy of the Advocate 2017
Baylor Law School hosts a first-of-its-kind, advocacy-focused summer study program in St Andrews, Scotland - the Baylor Academy of the Advocate at St Andrews. The Academy is the result of a partnership between Baylor University, the oldest university in Texas, founded in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, and the University of St Andrews, founded in 1413, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. The Academy is a two-week program that provides students with intense and practical training in trial and appellate advocacy from some of the very best lawyers, judges, and trial advocacy professors in the United States and United Kingdom. The program links the art and craft of advocacy to the rich history of the British Common Law system and the traditions of the trial by jury and the right to appeal. The Academy instills in students the importance of professionalism, civility, and the ethical practice of trial and appellate advocacy.

Baylor Law School's Academy of the Advocate focuses on trial and appellate advocacy, including the comparison of trial and appellate advocacy techniques of British and American trial and appellate lawyers. The art of storytelling is a theme that runs throughout the program. The history of the Reformation and Inquisition in St Andrews provides striking examples of the power of the spoken word. The program also seeks to place trial and appellate advocacy in the context of the traditions of the British and American legal systems, using the development of Scotland's democracy and legal system as a case study.

The program is organized into two schools–the School of the Trial and the School of the Appeal. The program is limited to a maximum of 60 students. Upon enrollment, students choose a school and complete the course of study in the two-week session. Students receive three semester or five quarter hours of credit for successful completion of either School.

The 2017 Academy of the Advocate will begin on July 29 with an orientation. Classes begin on July 29 and continue through August 12. Grades are be based on students' participation in discussions and performance on graded advocacy exercises, including a "Final Trial" for School of the Trial students and a "Final Argument" for School of the Appeal students. They will be held on the last day of the program.

The Academy of the Advocate takes place at the historic University of St Andrews. St Andrews has been one of Europe's leading teaching and research centers for 600 years. The unique history of St Andrews makes it the perfect location to learn about the history and development of our modern legal system.1 Students in the Academy have classes and advocacy exercises in classrooms that are hundreds of years old – but updated with modern technology – in one of the historic buildings on the seaside campus.

The program also includes visits to legal institutions, including Parliament Hall in St Andrews and a modern courthouse in Dundee. Parliament Hall was the seat of Scottish Parliament for part of the 17th century. In Dundee, students will meet sitting Sheriffs and watch real trials and appellate proceedings. During these visits, students learn about the history and development of Scottish democracy and trial by jury.

COURSES AUSTRIA

The School of the Trial (3 semester/5 quarter hours):
The School of the Trial focuses on the art of trial advocacy. Students will be provided with classroom instruction and small group discussion opportunities on all facets, from jury selection to closing argument,of being ethical, persuasive trial advocates. Classroom instruction will be followed by joint faculty/student planning sessions and will culminate in trial advocacy exercises that include faculty feedback and critique. The course will have a strong comparative element, bringing to bear the best trial advocacy theories and techniques employed in the United States and the United Kingdom. Storytelling as a method of persuasion will be a central theme of the School of the Trial and the history, architecture, and idyllic setting of St Andrews will be used as both a striking setting for storytelling exercises and as a compelling example of the power of the spoken word (e.g., the Cathedral of St Andrews, which still stands as a ruin, was pillaged following an anti-Catholic sermon during the Reformation).

The School of the Trial will share two instructional components with the School of the Appeal – the Inns of Court and the Foundations of the British and American Legal Traditions. Each student in the Academy will be assigned to an Inn of Court. Each Inn of Court will consist of students, law professors, practicing lawyers, and judges. Students will meet in these Inns to discuss professional and ethical challenges faced by trial and appellate advocates and to get practical advice regarding the advocacy exercises in an intimate, informal small group setting. The School of the Trial is also designed to place the role of the trial lawyer in the context of the long and shared history and traditions of the British and American legal systems. Consequently, the School of the Trial will include lectures and corresponding field trips focused on the development of democracy, the jury trial, and the right to appeal.

The School of the Appeal (3 semester/5 quarter hours):
The School of the Appeal focuses on the art and craft of both oral and written appellate advocacy. Students will receive classroom instruction on both written and oral appellate advocacy. Classroom instruction will be followed by joint student/faculty planning and outlining sessions and will culminate in the drafting and critiquing of written appellate arguments as well as the presentation and critique of oral appellate arguments. Like the School of the Trial, the School of the Appeal will have a strong comparative element and will use the setting of the program as a living and striking reminder of the power of the spoken word.

The School of the Appeal will share two instructional components with the School of the Trial – the Inns of Court and the Foundations of the British and American Legal Traditions. Each student in the Academy will be assigned to an Inn of Court. Each Inn of Court will consist of students, law professors, practicing lawyers, and judges. Students will meet in these Inns to discuss professional and ethical challenges faced by trial and appellate advocates. The School of the Appeal is also designed to place the role of the appellate lawyer in the context of the long and shared history and traditions of the British and American legal systems. Consequently, the School of the Appeal, like the School of the Trial, will include lectures and corresponding field trips focused on the development of democracy, the jury trial, and the right to appeal.

The Advanced School of the Trial (3 semester/5 quarter hours):
The Advanced School of Trial ("ASOT") was created for experienced mock trial students. The ASOT's objective is to focus on and sharpen advanced trial skills and techniques through several advocacy exercises and trials. With a maximum of only eight (8) students, the ASOT will include intensive personalized training with the top advocacy coaches in the country. In addition, a scholarship is available for students accepted into the ASOT.

The eight slots for the ASOT will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Every applicant for the ASOT will be considered based on the following criteria:
  1. Graduation from the School of Trial in a previous Academy; OR
  2. Have:
    • Recommendation letter from an advocacy coach or professor; AND
    • Demonstrated success in law school mock trial competitions.


The majority of the classes for each course will be taught in St. Mary's College. St. Mary's College, normally used by the St Andrews theology department, was founded in 1539 and is still housed in sixteenth-century buildings.
To learn more about St Andrews' history, please visit www.st-andrews.ac.uk/about/


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2 2017 05/31/2017
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Rolling Admission 07/29/2017 08/12/2017

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