Comprehensive information about graduation-related events and activities is being made available to prospective graduates in the form of a Graduation Packet. Prospective graduates may pick up a copy of the Graduation Packet from the Office of Student Affairs in Suite 280 after completing the Graduating Student Survey. Updates will be posted on this page and in e-mails sent to the "law-thirdyearday" and "law-fourthyearevening" distribution lists (i.e., 14d and 14e). Students who anticipate graduating must ensure that they are on one of these e-mail lists and are responsible for checking their law school e-mail accounts.
A summary of graduation-related information is below.
Reception for Graduates and Guests
Thursday, May 15, 2014 (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
The Carey School of Law hosts an annual reception to acknowledge each graduate’s successful completion of all degree requirements. Students will be asked to RSVP for the event. All graduates, their families and friends, together with the law faculty and administration, are invited to attend. Most graduates and their families plan to go out to dinner after this event.
Law School Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 16, 2014 (11:00 a.m.)
The Hooding Ceremony will be held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street. Graduates must arrive by 10:15 am; guests should arrive by 10:30 am in order to be seated in time for the start of the procession. Tickets are required. Each prospective graduate will receive a ticket-request form in late March and must return that form in order to receive tickets for distribution to their guests. If some graduates do not need all of their tickets, tickets will be re-distributed to those students who seek additional tickets.
Friday, May 16, 2014 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
University Commencement takes place at the Baltimore Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tickets are not required, and an unlimited number of guests may be invited. Students who plan to attend are asked to notify the law school. May 2014 graduates who attend will receive their diplomas at the conclusion of this ceremony. Additional information about University Commencement is available at http://www.umaryland.edu/commencement/.
Graduates selected for Order of the Coif, graduating Summa Cum Laude (top 5 students), Magna Cum Laude (top 10%) or Cum Laude (top 1/3) and the many other graduation prizes and awards will have their names identified in the Law School Hooding Ceremony program. Please note, selection for Order of the Coif, other honors recognition and final graduation class ranks combine day and evening graduates and graduates of the previous July and December with the May graduates.
Graduates receiving graduation awards will be recognized at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 15, approximately an hour before the reception for all graduates and their guests. Graduates receiving awards will be notified in advance of the awards ceremony and will be invited to attend that ceremony with their guests.
There are no formal ceremonies for July or December graduates. Students who graduate in July or December and wish to participate in the May 2014 commencement activities should alert Dean Krinsky and continue to read their law school e-mail for relevant information and deadlines. Announcements regarding graduation are sent only to the "law-thirdyearday" and "law-fourthyearevening" distribution lists (i.e., 14d and 14e). If you are not receiving graduation e-mails from OSA, please contact OSA at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the appropriate distribution list.
An Application For Diploma form (available on-line through SURFS) must be completed by all degree candidates no later than February 9, 2014. Students who miss the date for timely submission of an application must contact LuAnn Marshall in the Office of Registration and Enrollment (Suite 280). Students who do not graduate as planned must submit a new Application for Diploma for the semester in which they intend to graduate.
Graduation requirements can be found online.
General information about taking a bar exam.
For more information visit the Maryland Board of Law Examiners.
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The Carey School of Law does not complete the Certification as to College Education (Pre-Legal) form for the Maryland Bar or similar forms required by other states. That certification must be provided by your undergraduate degree -granting institution. You must contact your undergraduate institution directly.
The Carey School of Law will not complete the Maryland Bar Examination’s Certification of Law School Education Form until after graduation. Because many Character Committee members do not accept forms that are marked "the student is eligible to graduate," the forms will not be sent to the Character Committee's designee until after graduation. For more information contact: email@example.com
Students participating in the School of Law Hooding Ceremony and/or University Commencement must wear the appropriate academic regalia. For students who did not order regalia at the Graduation Fair, see http://www.umaryland.edu/commencement/Academic%20Regalia/ for an on-line rental form.
All prospective graduates must complete the Graduate Survey. A link to the on-line survey was sent to each prospective graduate through the 14d and 14e e-mail distribution lists. Spring graduates must remove locks and locker contents no later than August 1, 2014. Locks and contents remaining after that date will be removed and discarded. The law school will not be responsible for anything left in lockers after that date.
Graduates retain their University e-mail accounts for approximately one year after graduation.
The University requires graduating students who received financial aid to complete a financial aid exit interview. More information about scheduling these interviews will be provided.
All financial obligations must be taken care of in order to be eligible for graduation.
Please check this website often for additional information and updates. We will also send information about upcoming deadlines and other updates to the e-mail distribution lists for the 14d and 14e graduating classes.