Baylor University


School of Law

Waco, Texas

120,000 GSF, 11,148 M2

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Programming

“The result of our collaboration with SmithGroupJJR has been a building that both works and makes a statement concerning the quality of our program.”

—Brad Toben, Dean, School of Law


Interpreting both the "Baylor style" -- simple red brick and white trim -- and the character of an archetypal Texas courtyard, SmithGroupJJR delivered a cherished home for the new School of Law. The east and west sides of the courtyard, with their classic gabled forms, contain the classrooms and library. At the building's center is the practice court suite. This clear organization easily orients new students while also reinforcing the school's practice-oriented mission.

Emphasizing the strong teaching and practice focus, the interiors are designed with responsive classrooms that suit the Socratic and case study methodologies. Nearby, a clearly identified practice court serves Baylor's central trial advocacy program. Every area seems to have a large window nearby with views to the manicured campus grounds and nearby riverfront.

Supported by modern engineered systems and traditional finishes, the new law building suits both the books and the electronic resources supported in the ample library. Even its layout reflects the school's status as one of the strongest trial advocacy programs in the Southwest.

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