UM Carey Law's programs are among the Top 10 nationally of nearly 200 law schools. Its Environmental Law Program is ranked 6th; its Clinical Law Program is ranked 8th. The excellence of both attracts students from around the world.
UM Carey Law's clinics provide more than 110,000 hours of free legal services every year to the people of Maryland. The program's 25 professors and 250 students work in everything from civil rights, health care, immigration, community development and mediation to business, tax, international, intellectual property, juvenile, education, criminal and disability law.
The 40-year old Clinical Law Program is funded overwhelmingly by student tuition and grants from private foundations.
The American Bar Association (ABA) requires all law schools to provide "substantial opportunities for live-client or other real-life practice experiences" in order to be accredited. (ABA Section on Legal Education Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, Standard 302(b)).
UM Carey Law's clinical program offers the full range of legal practice experiences, including trial and appellate advocacy, law reform, transactional, alternative dispute resolution, policy work and legislative and administrative agency advocacy.
Professors in each of the Law School's different clinics are bound by the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct in selecting cases They choose their cases based on a variety of factors including: (a) the substantive and practice expertise of its faculty; (b) the inability of the clients to otherwise secure counsel or gain access to the courts; (c) the diversity of matters and types of clients the clinic is involved with; and (d) the educational value of the legal problems presented and practical activities to be undertaken.
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