Academic Period

The School of Law’s academic year comprises 133 days on which classes are regularly scheduled, extending over nine calendar months. The academic year is divided into two semesters, fall and spring. The fall semester runs from late August into late November or early December, followed by a week-long final exam period. The spring semester runs from January through April, followed by a week-long final exam period. The School of Law offers a summer semester from late May through mid-July.

Students must successfully complete 85 credit hours to be eligible for graduation (among other requirements described at http://www.law.umaryland.edu/academics/program/curriculum/requirements.)  During fall and spring semesters, 2-credit courses meet for 110 minutes per week for 13 weeks, plus a final exam, and 3-credit courses meet for 165 minutes per week for 13 weeks, plus a final exam.  Courses that meet over a shorter number of weeks meet for a proportionately larger number of minutes each week. In order to adequately prepare for class, students are assigned advance reading and other work that would typically take 110 minutes of out-of-class preparation time for each 55 minutes of class time.