Graduation Requirements

Cardin Requirement

Fulfill the Cardin Requirement. This requirement applies only to students who first matriculated at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in the first year, full-time day program, and must be satisfied through coursework completed at the University of Maryland School of Law; it may not be satisfied through coursework completed at another law school. Students enrolling in the first year full-time day program must take and pass one of the designated Cardin Program courses. These courses:

  • provide students with an experience of how the law operates in practice;
  • give students direct professional contact with or substantial responsibility for providing legal assistance on behalf of persons who are poor, socially disadvantaged or otherwise lack access to justice in the legal system or to organizations acting on behalf of such persons;
  • include regular classes in which a member of the Law School faculty provides instruction that integrates that students’ practice experience in ways that will help them to understand, apply, and critique theory and practice;
  • require students to do substantial writing in connection with their practice; and
  • have a professional responsibility component.

In addition, certain externships that include these components may satisfy the Cardin requirement, provided that they are approved in advance by the Curriculum Committee. An example of such an externship would be the South Africa Externship.

[See also The Cardin Requirement. You may also browse currently scheduled courses that satisfy the Cardin Requirement]


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