Preparing for Law School
Character & Fitness Issues
Candor in law school and thereafter as a lawyer is very important. Your obligation to be candid begins with your law school application.
When you applied for admission, you answered several “character and fitness” questions. In addition, our application instructions explained that applicants “have a continuing duty throughout the application, admission and enrollment process to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information provided….” Please take the time now to review the disclosures you made on your application to ensure that those disclosures are accurate and up-to-date. Failure to be honest and candid in the application process can have serious consequences.
Also, please be aware that you have a continuing obligation to report in writing any citations, charges, summonses, or arrests that occur not only after you submitted your application, but throughout your time in law school. Failure to make these disclosures could delay or preclude your admission to practice law. Again, if you have any questions, please ask the Admissions Office. It is always best to err on the side of over-disclosure.
You may find when you apply to take a bar exam, that the bar application requires disclosure of specific types of misconduct not requested on your law school application. For that reason, once you are enrolled here, we will ask you to disclose even minor traffic violations, which you were not obligated to disclose on your law school application. You may wish to begin gathering that information now, as we will ask both for violations that took place prior to your enrollment and any that take place going forward.
First-year students enrolled in 13 or more credit hours 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.
Upper-level Day Division students taking more than 12 credits may be precluded from enrolling in a clinic if the student has an excessive competing workload in a given semester. Students with competing workloads (an externship or outside employment) must consult, prior to registration, with the faculty member who teaches the clinic in which they have an interest. The clinical faculty member can then determine whether the competing workloads will conflict with the required hours per week all students must devote to clinic work. The faculty member may disallow the student from enrolling in the clinic if the faculty member determines that the student has an excessive competing workload that will interfere with clinic work.
Where to Live
There are housing options that are located very close to school, and others that aren’t but that are accessible to reliable public transportation. Look also at www.housing.umaryland.edu for information about on-campus housing and advice about off-campus housing. Another useful resource is www.livebaltimore.com. Jonathan Glick, Assistant Director of Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org, is also an excellent source of advice on housing options so feel free to contact him with your questions.
Fall 2019 Orientation
Attendance at fall orientation for new students is mandatory. The orientation program will include sessions with faculty, administrators, alumni, and current students, all designed to introduce new students to various aspects of life as a law student at Maryland.
- Orientation for LLM and Exchange Students – August 2019 (Sessions held in the morning and afternoon at the School of Law in Baltimore). LLM students will also be invited to Wednesday and Thursday, attend portions of the JD orientation program the following week.
- Orientation for Day Division JD students – August 2019. (Sessions held in the morning and afternoon at the School of Law in Baltimore).
- Orientation for Evening Division JD students – August 2019. (Sessions held in the late afternoon and evening at the School of Law in Baltimore).
- Orientation for MSL students (not online) – August 2019. (Sessions held in the morning and afternoon at the University of Maryland, College Park in College Park, MD).
Transfer and Visiting JD students are required to attend the first day of orientation. They can attend sessions on the second day of orientation, but attendance is not required.
First-Year JD Class Schedule
First-year JD students will begin classes in mid-August. (The regular fall schedule for all classes begins the last week of August).
The initial first-year classes will follow a different schedule from the regular class schedule. Class schedules for the fall will be posted in early August. Please be sure to review both class schedules carefully so that you do not inadvertently miss any classes.