A CRITICAL NEED
The legal profession is taking on water. Legal expenses are soaring past the rate of other business costs. Companies are demanding more streamlined processes to handle large volumes of sophisticated and complex litigation. Driven by inefficient hourly billing and the rapid increase in pre-trial litigation, costs have become unwieldy. To leverage technology and gain some measure of legal cost control, law firms and clients are rethinking the entire scope of litigation management:
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. Many who are being charged with managing the costs—both as inside counsel or as managers of their firm’s litigation portfolio—are learning on the job. They have no formal training in litigation management, and no ready access to the emerging skill sets necessary to navigate these uncharted waters.
A CAREER OPPORTUNITY
The need for litigation management is exploding. The ability to focus 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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of those with litigation management skills will grow faster than the average for all occupations. 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 on board.
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.
A LANDMARK PROGRAM
Baylor Law builds on its prowess as the #3 ranked Trial Advocacy program in the country (by U.S. News & World Report) to bring together a “Brain Trust” of the recognized innovators and top litigation management specialists from all over the nation. This program is truly unique. Baylor Law is the first to develop the leading edge disciplines and skill sets crucial to modern litigation strategy and management found in this program.
The Baylor Law Executive LL.M. is far ahead of the tide. While some programs include a focus on litigation, no other program is centered exclusively on litigation management and the emerging trends driven by technology and e-discovery—and no program is offered online. And unlike most LL.M. programs targeting graduates fresh out of law school, the Baylor Law LL.M. is designed for career-driven, working attorneys with a minimum of three years in practice.