The Maryland J.D.

A Maryland law degree combines several key components.

  • A rigorous core curriculum: As at most law schools, first-year students take foundation courses in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Torts, Property and Criminal Law that form the basis for further specialized study.
  • Practice-based learning: Unique among law schools in the nation, Maryland requires its students to undertake an experiential learning opportunity of providing representation to real-life clients who lack access to justice. Additionally, our externship program enables students to learn, in supervised governmental and not-for-profit organization settings, about law and its practice.
  • Legal Writing: Students develop in-depth research techniques as they undertake writing assignments of increasing complexity, culminating in the completion of an original paper of publishable quality about a legal problem.
  • Specialty Programs: These programs are leaders in innovation and accomplishment in a wide range of legal fields, providing opportunities for in-depth scholarship and teaching.
  • Specialized elective course sequences: The School of Law's specialty programs offer overview introductory courses, supplemented by advanced courses and seminars that enable students to develop a deep understanding of subject areas. Maryland is one of few schools that allow students to begin taking electives in their first year, allowing them to pick and choose from a range of areas to experiment with their interests.
  • Hot topic seminars and courses: In-depth and interdisciplinary offerings on emerging areas of legal practice give students the opportunity to work with lawyers and other professionals on issues that transcend traditional boundaries.

Students may also augment their legal studies through study abroad or one of the many dual degree programs offered in partnership with other leading academic institutions in the region.


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