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University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

The academic program at the University of Maryland School of Law begins with a structured curriculum of required courses for the first several semesters, with the opportunity for elective courses later in each student's academic career. The structure of the required curriculum differs depending on the division in which the student is enrolled. After the first year and with advance permission, students may switch from one division to the other and students need take only a majority of credits in the division for which they are registered. However, beginning with the fall 2004 entering class, students first enrolling in the evening program who after the first year receive permission to switch to the day program must continue to take required courses, except for Legal Profession (or comparable course) and Advanced Legal Research, in the evening.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 906
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 164
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.32 - 3.77
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.07%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 91.23%
In State Tuition $26,093
Out of State Tuition $37,710

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About University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

The academic program at the University of Maryland School of Law begins with a structured curriculum of required courses for the first several semesters, with the opportunity for elective courses later in each student's academic career. The structure of the required curriculum differs depending on the division in which the student is enrolled. After the first year and with advance permission, students may switch from one division to the other and students need take only a majority of credits in the division for which they are registered. However, beginning with the fall 2004 entering class, students first enrolling in the evening program who after the first year receive permission to switch to the day program must continue to take required courses, except for Legal Profession (or comparable course) and Advanced Legal Research, in the evening.

Reviews

With “great opportunities for hands-on lawyering,” and low in-state tuition for resi­dents, the University of Maryland School of Law is “very well-connected to the Baltimore/Maryland legal community,” with a “strong commitment to public service and social justice,” and recognized legal specialties in health, environmental law, clinical law, and trial advocacy. The school “has tremendous relationships with organizations in Washington, D.C., the Maryland legislature, and many congressional offices,” which makes it “extremely easy” to gain the kind of practical experience legal employers will be looking for come hiring season. The clinical offerings here are both required and “hard to beat”: “Not only was I able to argue before a state appellate court during my second year, but I have also received credit for doing to externships during my third year,” says a 3L. Seven professional schools all share the same campus in Baltimore, which can over-burden some of the administrative offices; students cite the financial aid office’s lag time, and a career development office that “generally lacks important contacts in the work field.” Still, the school boasts an active recruiting program and a high job placement rate, while the main head honchos at the school are very accessible, and “many of the deans also teach classes and are available to all students, even if you don’t have them as a profes­sor.” The school’s great strength is “teaching you how to be a smart and effective lawyer,” through a few students say there is relatively little class time devoted to “cutting-edge legal scholarship and critical theory,” and complain that “the popular courses are filled so quickly.”Maryland professors are “top-notch,” being both “incredibly smart legal thinkers and, more importantly, fantastic teachers in the classroom.” Nearly all of the professors “have practiced law for a decade or more before coming to the law school,” which not only contributes to their legal experience, but to their sympathy for the demands of the profes­sion. Professors and staff are all “very accommodating” to students trying to get through law school while working—night classes are made available to students in their second and third years—and faculty are “very helpful in advising students on how to mitigate stress and handle the competing interests of law school.” “I have had a number of brilliant and committed adjunct professors who understand the burdens associated with working and going to school full-time,” says a student. “Even if you are not in their class, they help you with course-related questions, study skills, and exam strategies,” says another.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 285

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/Ph.D. Public Policy, 7 years; JD/MA Public Policy, 4 years; JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/MA Public Management, 4 years; JD/MA Criminal Justice, 3 1/2 to 4 years; JD/MSW, 3 1/2 to 4 years; JD/MA Liberal Arts, 4 years; JD/MA Community Planning, 4 years; JD/Pharm.D. Pharmacy 7 years; JD/MPH, 4 years;

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 138
Full-Time Faculty 65
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 15
Part-Time Faculty 58
Faculty Gender 55% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 50% Male
50% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 61%
Multi-racial 4%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $26,093 Same as On-Campus
Housing $22,469 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $48,562 $26,093

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,710 Same as On-Campus
Housing $22,469 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $60,179 $37,710

Financial Aid

82% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$57,133 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $70

Incoming Class

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 164
LSAT Part-Time 149 - 163
LSAT Total 151 - 164

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.33 - 3.76
Part-Time 3.28 - 3.83
Total 3.32 - 3.77

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Work Experience, Personal Essay, Resume, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Optional: Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 150
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 91%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 30 10%
Firm Sized 11-25 14 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 8 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 7 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 10 3%
Business Industry 52 18%
Government 46 16%
Public Interest 29 10%
Federal Clerkship 11 4%
State Clerkship 48 16%
Other Clerkship 1 0%
Academia 18 6%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 19 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
VA 5%
DC 16%
MD 67%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law include:

  • Elijah Cummings - US Representative, 7th Congressional Dist
  • Benjamin L. Cardin - US Senator for MD
  • The Honorable Andre M. Davis - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Benjamin R. Civiletti - former US Attorney General; Senior Partner, Venable
  • Christine A. Edwards - Partner, Winston & Strawn

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