Pass courses totaling at least 85 semester hours. At least 53 of the 85 credits required for graduation must be in courses or other credit programs offered by the School of Law. A student admitted with advanced standing or who otherwise is permitted to apply credits earned at another college or university toward degree requirements at Maryland, including credits earned through University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law cooperative programs with universities outside the United States, may not transfer more than 32 such credits (credits transfer, grades do not), and no more than 9 of these 32 credits may be graduate level non-law courses. Once a student has accumulated 85 credits, the student may not enroll in additional semesters, with the following exception: if a student has accumulated 85 credits, but is not eligible to graduate because the student has not fulfilled the Advanced Writing Requirement, the student may enroll in one course or seminar for the purpose of completing the Advanced Writing Requirement. After receiving the JD, graduates may enroll in additional coursework if admitted to the LL.M. program or if admitted as a guest student.
Day division students may enroll in a maximum of 17 credits each semester during the fall and spring semesters after the first year of law school. Evening division students may enroll in a maximum of 12 credits during the fall and spring semesters after the first four semesters of law school. During summer sessions, students may enroll in a maximum of 9 credits.
First year Day Division students are not permitted to work at all during the school year, except with permission from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Communications, on a case-by-case basis during the second semester only.
Earn at least 65 of the 85 credits required for graduation in courses other than Externships, Asper Fellowships, Practicums, student publications, elective Moot Court, Trial Team, Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, and graduate level non-law courses.
Complete degree requirements within no fewer than 24 months and no more than 84 months from initial enrollment in law school.
A student who returns to school after a period of absence may be subject to changes in the graduation requirements that apply to the class with which the student will graduate. The student must contact the Office of Registration and Enrollment to discuss requirements.