Public Service


Improving environmental regulation in Beijing. Advocating against genetic discrimination on Capitol Hill. Earning a Baltimore man’s release from an unjust life sentence. Faculty and students at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law are committed to ensuring and enhancing the quality of justice at home, and around the world.

This commitment is expressed in many ways. In the curriculum, our unique Cardin Requirement requires every students gain the real-life experience of providing legal services to people who are poor or otherwise lack access to justice.

Working alongside faculty, students provide 75,000 hours of free legal service annually to Maryland citizens in need, making our nationally ranked Clinical Law Program one of the region’s largest public interest law firms. For its commitment to the public welfare, the Clinic became the first law school program in the country to receive the John Minor Wisdom Award, the American Bar Association’s leading public service honor.

Our academic specialty programs and centers engage in legislative and public policy work on a wide range of topics from environmental enforcement to health care reform to tobacco control. A lively range of public conferences, lectures and events engage the broader public in dialogue on these important issues.

The law school’s commitment to public service ranges far beyond the curriculum. Institutional support extends to a wide range of student-run service initiatives. The Maryland Carey Law Katrina Project, providing legal services to those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, which funds stipends for students pursuing unpaid summer public interest employment, are just two of the many student activities.

Our faculty are deeply engaged in scholarly activity that increases access to justice. From their publications, to providing congressional testimony that helps improve federal legislation, to organizing conferences that further the pursuit of solutions to pressing societal problems, the law school’s faculty are leaders in public service.

As a result of its accomplishments, the School of Law and its faculty have received numerous awards from the nation’s leading public service and legal education entities.