To be eligible to apply for admission to the Juris Doctor program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or expect to graduate during the current academic year. See below for information about eligibility to apply to our 3+3 Program.
So long as space remains in the first-year class, we will continue to process applications and to extend offers of admission. While we do not close our application process on a particular date, applications received late in the spring or during the summer may be disadvantaged in the admission process. The recommended application deadline for first-year JD applicants for fall admission is April 1. Applications received and completed by this date receive priority consideration.
The Admissions Committee at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law makes admission decisions on a rolling basis. The Committee evaluates the academic potential of applicants through a thorough assessment of each applicant's academic record, professional and educational experiences, and accomplishments. In addition, the Committee identifies candidates who will enhance the professional development of their peers and will contribute positively to the law school community as a whole.
The application fee is $70 and may be paid online by credit card through LSAC or by check or U.S. money order payable to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Application fees are non-refundable. All checks must be drawn on a bank that has a branch in the United States. We also accept American Express, Thomas Cook, and Barclay's traveler's checks. Postal money orders from other countries are not acceptable. Please do not send cash.
Applicants who are Maryland residents or have attended a college or university in the state of Maryland, and are certain that the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is their first-choice law school, may apply under our binding "Quick Decision" program. Learn more about the Maryland Connection Binding Quick Decision Program ».
This program is designed for students enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), who will have completed 90 credit hours (at least 30 credits at UMCP, including all University of Maryland general education requirements) by the time they would enroll in law school. These students are eligible to receive the Bachelor’s degree from UMCP after completion of 30 credits, or one year, at UM Carey Law. Students admitted under this program are eligible to receive the JD degree after successful completion of all graduation requirements at the UM Carey School of Law. Learn more about the 3+3 Dual Degree Program ».
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
A completed application for a first-year JD applicant consists of the following:
Please upload attachments through the "Attachments" tab. Attachments should include your personal statement, résumé or curriculum vitae, diversity statement (optional), information about a prior law school that you have attended, information in explanation of any character and fitness issue, and any other information relevant to your application.
Just as lawyers are held to high ethical standards, so are University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law students. One ethical duty is to fully and accurately disclose the information sought in our application. The failure to provide honest and accurate information in the application is a very serious matter and may result in a delay, rescission or denial of admission to the School of Law and/or a denial of admission to the bar. Applicants have a continuing duty throughout the application, admission and enrollment process to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information provided in the application to ensure that it remains complete and accurate.
Applicants are encouraged to read the rules of admission to the bar of the state where they intend to practice law. These rules will provide an understanding of the qualifications for admission to the bar, including those related to the character and fitness of applicants to practice law in that state. The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides information on each state's requirements regarding character, fitness and other qualifications.
FAILURE TO DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION IN A TIMELY MANNER MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION BY THE SCHOOL OF LAW AND COULD DELAY OR EVEN PREVENT YOUR ADMISSION TO THE BAR.
For any affirmative answer, please electronically attach a statement marked “Character and Fitness.” Your answer should include the date and location (city, town and state) of each incident, a description of the incident, and a full explanation of the circumstances surrounding – and the resolution of – each event. The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law reserves the right to request additional information from you, including further explanation concerning the incidents in question, court records, documents, or any other relevant information.
Applicants have a continuing duty throughout the application, admission, and enrollment process to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information provided in the application to ensure that it remains complete and accurate.
Because facility with written and spoken English is necessary in order to successfully participate in our academic experience, applicants for whom English is a second language or not their primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Request that scores be sent directly to LSAC: LSAC has arranged with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to receive your TOEFL Score. Please provide LSAC institution code (8395) when requesting that your score be sent to LSAC. LSAC has also arranged with IELTS to receive scores. LSAC will only accept scores from IELTS electronically. You must request that your score be forwarded to LSAC for electronic download.
Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
Request for Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS: If you believe that you are proficient in English and that the English Language Competency Exam requirement should be waived in your case, please submit a statement describing your English language instruction and proficiency. Upload attachment(s) when completing the application form.
The School's admissions policies fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations. Consistent with the School's commitment to diversity, the life experiences and backgrounds of applicants with disabilities may be viewed positively in admissions decisions. Applicants may use the personal statement or the diversity statement to emphasize these factors.
Please type your name, and date the application. By signing this application and transmitting it electronically, you certify that the information in this application is complete, accurate and honestly presented. You also certify that any information submitted on your behalf is authentic, including letters of recommendation, academic transcripts and certifications. You understand and agree that any inaccurate, misleading or omitted information will be cause for an investigation of misconduct in the admissions process, rescission of any offer of admission, or cause for disciplinary action, dismissal or revocation of degree if discovered at a later date. You further agree to abide by the rules, policies, and regulations of the University of Maryland if you are admitted as a student.
If you have questions about this application or about the admissions process, please contact the Office of Admissions at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law at (410) 706-3492 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to notify the Office of Admissions promptly of any change in your address as well as any new facts that may change the responses to any part of your application.
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Office of Admissions
500 West Baltimore Street, Suite 130
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 706-3492 (phone)
(410) 706-1793 (fax)
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, protected veteran's status, or age. The University is required by federal regulatory agencies to supply admissions and enrollment information by racial, ethnic and gender categories. Provision of the information is voluntary and will not be used to determine eligibility for admission.
No provision of this website shall be construed as a contract between any applicant or student and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The University and the School of Law reserve the right to make changes without prior notice in requirements for admission, curriculum, programs and their availability, standards for advancement and graduation, and rules and regulations. The University also reserves the right to make changes in the rates of tuition and fees. The University further reserves the right to ask a student to withdraw at any time when it is considered to be in the best interest of the University.