The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law won high marks for its specialty programs and experiential education in evaluations compiled by two periodicals, U.S. News & World Report and The National Jurist.
According to U.S. News & World Reportís guide to Best Graduate Schools in 2015, four UM Carey Law specialty programs won national recognition. The programs' rankings were based on votes from law school faculty across the country working in the relevant specialties.†
UM Carey Law programs with national rankings reported by U.S. News are:
#1††††††††† Health Law
#6†† ††††††† Environmental Law
#7†† ††††††† Part-time (Evening) JD program
#11 ††††††† Clinical Law
National Jurist, which covers trends in legal education, also recognized the school's strengths in public interest law, clinical law and practical education.
UM Carey Law was ranked 16 among the Top 25 schools for public interest law.† National Jurist considered three characteristics in compiling the list: curriculum (which included courses, clinical opportunities and faculty), cost of legal education (tuition, debt and loan repayment options) and placement (the percent of graduates who work in public interest and public service.)
UM Carey Law was eighth among the Top 25 law schools for practical training.† The magazine used law schools' reports to the American Bar Association about the number of simulations, faculty supervised clinics and field placement positions at their institutions.† National Jurist assigned a weight to each category, with clinics valued most highly followed by externships and simulations.† Bonus points were given for innovations, such as capstone projects or experiential requirements.