Each student will complete a capstone project relating to his or her specialty area. Under the guidance of a faculty member or practitioner advisor, students must demonstrate in their project that they are able to apply at least three of the Program’s core competencies to a practical challenge. The core competencies are:
Samples of the types of projects students may use as the basis for their capstone include researching and developing policies; conducting regulatory analysis; or working on legislative advocacy. Projects may relate to specific situations in the student’s own work setting; may be real-life projects submitted by external agencies or institutions to the administrators of the Program; or may be based on topics of particular interest to the student. Students will work with a capstone advisor in their specialty area to obtain approval for their project, develop the topic and the parameters for the project; and receive guidance throughout the process. Final work products may vary depending on the project but students should complete a final paper with research and recommendations of approximately 25-30 pages in length or an equivalent product appropriate to the project. The final product will be formally evaluated by a Maryland Carey Law faculty member with input from external supervisors if appropriate.