LL.M. Admission and Application Information


Eligibility

Applicants to the LL.M. program must hold a J.D. degree or the equivalent from a law school that, if in the United States, is accredited by the American Bar Association, or, if outside the United States, has comparable standing.

Application Deadline

We encourage applicants to submit their application materials no later than March 15th but will consider later applications so long as space is available in our program..

LL.M. Application Checklist

A completed application for a LL.M. applicant consists of the following:

  1. The application form, submitted online through the LSAC.
  2. The non-refundable $70 application fee, submitted online by credit card through LSAC.
  3. The following materials, submitted through LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS): (LSAC will compile these documents and will deliver them in the form of a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report to the law school):
    1. Two letters of recommendation. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation through the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Recommenders should include instructors under whom you have studied or with whom you have worked closely during college or graduate study. If you have not had recent contact with such individuals, you may submit letters of recommendation from employers who can attest to the applicant’s intellectual, analytical, writing and (if necessary) English language abilities. Please do not submit letters of recommendation from personal friends and relatives, as they will not be given weight in the admissions process.
    2. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Applicants must request undergraduate and graduate transcripts and have them submitted directly to LSAC.
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae. Submit a complete résumé or curriculum vitae detailing your education, employment, skills, honors, awards and accomplishments. Upload document as an attachment to the application form.
  5. Statement of scholarly intent. Applicants are required to submit a statement of scholarly intent. We recommend that you use the statement of scholarly intent to address why you are interested in obtaining an LL.M. degree, a detailed description of the area of legal study you intend to pursue, and the courses in which you have an interest. The personal statement should be no longer than 1000 words, double-spaced, and must be typed and not hand-written. Upload your personal statement as an attachment to the application form.
  6. TOEFL/IELTS score. 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). English Proficiency is proven by an official TOEFL score of at least 600 paper-based or 90 internet-based,  an official IELTS score of at least 7, previous attendance at a U.S. institution, or proof that English is the applicant’s native language. 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.
  7. Diversity Statement (Optional): The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is committed to promoting diversity in legal education and in the profession as a whole. Toward that end, the Admissions Committee invites you to submit a statement explaining how you would contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school. For example, your statement may address how characteristics such as, but not limited to, your geographic origin, age, culture and language, or your experience overcoming barriers presented by race, social status, economics or disability demonstrate your capacity to make a special contribution to our law school community. Limit the length of the statement to approximately 250 words. Upload the statement as an attachment to the application form.
  8. Free Application for Federal Student Aid: Please submit your FAFSA form as soon as possible after January 1st. Our FAFSA-priority deadline is March 1. Submit this form online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ , and enter the code for the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus: 002104. Our campus requires submission of the FAFSA for every student expecting to receive any form of financial aid (scholarships, grants, or loans).
  9. Application for In-State Status Classification (Maryland Residents Only): Applicants claiming Maryland residency must complete an application for In-State Status Classification. Please print, complete, sign and submit the form to the Office of Admissions by mail, fax or email.

Attachments

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.

Application Fees and Deposits

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. All fees and deposits 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.

Application for In-state Status Classification

If you are claiming Maryland residency you must submit an application for an In-State Status Classification as soon as possible after you complete your application. This application can be found on the "Forms" tab when completing the application form through LSAC or here.

Please print, complete, and submit this form to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible upon completing the application for admission. This form requires your signature and date. Please sign and date it before submitting it to the law school.

You may mail, fax or scan and then email the form directly to:
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Attn: Office of Admissions
500 West Baltimore Street, Suite 130
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 706-3492 (phone)
(410) 706-1793(fax)
admissions@law.umaryland.edu

Disclosure Policy: Character and Fitness for Bar Admission

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.

Responding to Character and Fitness Questions in the Application

Please carefully read and respond to the nine questions in the application that relate to your Character and Fitness for Admission to the Bar. The failure to provide honest and accurate answers to the questions on the application is very serious, often more significant than the act or event requiring disclosure.

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.

Applicants with Disabilities

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.

Signature and Date

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.

Contact Us

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 admissions@law.umaryland.edu. 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)
admissions@law.umaryland.edu

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Maryland School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, financial status or veterans status. 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.


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