University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (formerly University of Maryland School of Law; sometimes shortened to Maryland Law or Maryland Carey Law) is the law school of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and is located in Baltimore City, Maryland, U.S. Its location places Maryland Law in the Baltimore-Washington legal and business community.[4]

University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law
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Parent schoolUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore
Established1816; 205 years ago (1816)
School typePublic
DeanDonald B. Tobin[1]
LocationBaltimore, Maryland, U.S.
39°17′21″N 76°37′21″W / 39.2893°N 76.6224°W / 39.2893; -76.6224Coordinates: 39°17′21″N 76°37′21″W / 39.2893°N 76.6224°W / 39.2893; -76.6224
Enrollment705 (part- and full-time, JD, LLM, & MSL)
Faculty49 full-time; 119 adjunct[2]
USNWR ranking47th (2021)[3]
Bar pass rate79.9% (2018)[3]
ABA profileLSAC Official Guide 2018

In 2003, the law school moved into a new facility in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.[5] In 2011, the law school received a US$30 million donation from the W.P. Carey Foundation, the largest gift in the school's history. In response, the law school changed its name to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.[6]

The law school was ranked 36th by the U.S. News & World Report in 2008[7] and 47th as of the 2021 edition.[3] The 2021 edition also gave Maryland Law top standing in part-time programs (#5), health care law (#7), environmental law (#10), dispute resolution (#13), and clinical training (#6).[3]

Maryland Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and has a chapter of the Order of the Coif honor society.


Founded in 1816 as the Maryland Law Institute, with regular instruction beginning in 1824, it is the second-oldest law school in the United States, behind only William & Mary Law School.[citation needed] After the law school denied admission to black applicant Donald Gaines Murray on account of his race, in 1936 the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that the law school must admit him.[8]

Student bodyEdit

There are approximately 705 students enrolled at Maryland Law in the Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), and Master of Science in Law (M.S.L.) programs combined.[2] The racial makeup of students in the J.D. program is approximately 60% white, with about 35% identifying as a minority race (and the remainder are unknown or did not specify). Around 72% of J.D. students are under 25 years old.[9] There are more than 40 student organizations,[10] four specialized legal centers,[11] and five law journals.[12]

Costs and employmentEdit

Employment outcomesEdit

According to Maryland Law's official data reported to the American Bar Association, 91.1% of 2016 graduates were employed in some capacity nine months after graduation.[13] For those who chose private practice, the median starting salary was $132,500.[14] According to Maryland Law's Law School Transparency (LST) report, nine months after graduation, 57.6% of 2015 graduates had obtained full-time, long-term legal jobs and 19.6% were underemployed, meaning they were either unemployed, pursuing additional degrees, or working in nonprofessional, short-term, or part-time jobs.[15]


For the 2019-2020 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time J.D. students are $32,808 for Maryland residents and $48,426 for out-of-state students. For part-time J.D. students, tuition and fees are $21,538 for Maryland residents and $31,704 for out-of-state students. The estimated total cost of attendance for J.D. students, which includes tuition and fees, living expenses, transportation expenses, book expenses, and health insurance, is $61,745 for full-time students who are Maryland residents, $79,277 for full-time out-of-state students, $45,123 for part-time students who are Maryland residents, and $56,972 for part-time out-of-state students.[16]

During the 2017-18 academic year, 80% of students received a scholarship or grant from Maryland Law, including 83% of full-time students and 68% of part-time students.[17]




The core curriculum at Maryland Law for J.D. students includes courses in civil procedure, constitutional law, torts, property, contracts, and criminal law, as well as a two-semester sequence of courses focusing on legal skills of analysis, research, writing, and oral argument. After completing these initial courses, students are required to complete additional coursework in constitutional law, ethics, and legal research, and satisfy experiential and writing requirements.[18] This core curriculum forms the basis for more specialized study through more than 150 elective courses, seminars, independent studies, simulations, clinics, and externships.

The LL.M. degree program is designed for students who have earned a prior law degree, either a J.D. degree from a law school in the United States or a law degree from a school in another country. Students must complete coursework in a specialty field and may choose to write a thesis. LL.M. students who did not earn a prior law degree in an American law school must take a course on introductory American law, but otherwise, no specific courses are required for LL.M. students.[19]

Specialty programsEdit

Maryland Law is home to several specialty programs that enable students to explore areas of interest through experiential learning and a specialized curriculum. The main specialty areas include:[11]

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Law
  • Clinical Law
  • Cybersecurity and Crisis Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Women, Leadership, and Equality

Students can focus in other areas as well, such as criminal law, dispute resolution, family law/child advocacy, general practice, jurisprudence/legal history, labor/employment law, administrative law, property/real estate/decedent's estates law, public interest law/community development, and tax law.

Clinical law programEdit

Through the Cardin Requirement, named after Maryland Law alumnus U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, each full-time day student in the J.D. program must gain hands-on legal experience by representing actual clients who would otherwise lack access to justice. Most students fulfill the Cardin Requirement through the Clinical Law Program,[20] which provides free legal services to Maryland's poorest citizens each year.

More than 25 clinics[21] focus on a broad range of practice areas, including civil and criminal litigation, advice and counseling, and transactional work. Civil practice areas include environmental law, health, housing and community development, juvenile law and children, AIDS, and immigration. Criminal student attorneys often represent defendants in misdemeanor cases in Maryland's district courts, as well as work in the School of Law's community justice efforts. In addition to in-house clinical work, students may gain experience in public and private nonprofit externships in the Baltimore-Washington region.


In addition to formal specialty programs, the law school sponsors a variety of academic and public service initiatives. These initiatives enhance the educational and scholarly mission of the law school and also serve the community.[22]

  • Agriculture Law Education Initiative
  • Leadership, Ethics and Democracy (LEAD) Initiative: In spring 2008, the Fetzer Institute made a three-year $1.6 million funding commitment to the School of Law to help it respond to these challenges and create a Leadership, Ethics and Democracy program (LEAD).[23]
  • Legislation, politics, and public policy: The University of Maryland School of Law offers students an educational experience in the areas of legislation, public policy and public interest practice.[24]
  • Linking law and the arts: The University of Maryland School of Law, in conjunction with local arts organizations and as part of the "Linking Law and Arts" series, uses theater and art to help address complex legal, social, and public policy issues.[25] As part of their commitment to blending law and the arts, students and professors at Maryland Law produced a short film in 2010 about the handling of war tribunals at Guantanamo Bay titled "The Response" starring Aasif Mandvi.[26] UMD Carey Law is also one of fewer than 10 law schools in the United States to offer a course in Visual Legal Advocacy, teaching students how to and encouraging them to incorporate cinema into their advocacy work.[27]
  • The Moser Ethics in Action Initiative
  • Erin Levitas Initiative

Dual-degree programsEdit

The law school offers several dual-degree options:[28]


Maryland Law has a combined J.D./M.B.A. through:[28]

Public policyEdit

There are several dual-degree options in the field of public policy:[28]


Law and societyEdit

Complex and libraryEdit

Maryland Law, including the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, occupies a complex that supports the school's programs integrating classroom and experiential learning. The facility opened in 2002 and contains three courtrooms, including the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom, where state and federal trial and appellate courts regularly sit in session to hear cases.[29]

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library houses a collection of more than 495,000 volumes and equivalents accessible through the online catalog.[30] A staff of 23, including 11 librarians, provides customized reference and consulting services to faculty and students. In addition to LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law, the library offers a legal and non-legal Web-based electronic databases.

The library is named after Justice Thurgood Marshall. Despite growing up in Baltimore, he was unable to attend Maryland Law because, in the 1930s, the school denied all African Americans admission. Marshall attended Howard University School of Law.[31]


  • Maryland Law Review
  • Journal of Health Care Law & Policy
  • Journal of Business & Technology Law
  • Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class
  • Journal of International Law

Notable alumniEdit


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  17. ^ "University of Maryland Law School - 2018 Standard 509 Information Report" (PDF). January 2, 2019.
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  19. ^ "LL.M. Curriculum". University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "Maryland Law - Clinical Law". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "Maryland Carey Law - Course Catalog Search". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Initiatives". University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "Maryland Carey Law - About the Moser Initiative". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  24. ^ "Maryland Carey Law - Legislation, Politics, and Public Policy". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  25. ^ "Maryland Law - Linking Law & the Arts". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  26. ^ "The Response - About the Movie". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  27. ^ "UM Carey Law | Abstracts & Professional Biographies". Retrieved June 9, 2015.
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  31. ^ Folkenflik, David (August 20, 1995). "Marshall may not have tried to enroll in UM law school". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 18, 2019.

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