2021 Impact Report highlights scholarship support 

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has released its 2021 Impact Report. The report recognizes and thanks alumni, colleagues and friends who generously supported the law school, including with critical scholarship support, during the law school’s fiscal year—July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021.  

Over 80 percent of Maryland Carey Law students receive some form of financial assistance but still are faced with an average debt of $100,000 upon graduation. That is why scholarships are an essential priority. With less state funding and a competitive legal education market, a robust scholarship program allows the law school to support students as they pursue legal careers with less debt.  

“Donor support is important because law school is expensive. It helps ease the burden on students,” says alumna Lauren (Harrison) Williams ’17 (pictured, far right), now an associate at Venable LLP. At Maryland Carey Law, Williams served as honor board chair with the Student Bar Association, the official representative of the school student body, as well as secretary of the Business Law Society, which provides networking and career opportunities. Williams received a scholarship from DLA Piper, a global law firm with lawyers in more than 40 countries. “I believe you get places on the shoulders of other people,” she says, “and I plan to pay it forward.” Williams now supports the law school’s General Scholarship Fund.  

The 2021 report is the final one under Dean Donald Tobin who has chosen to step down at the end of the academic year. One of the hallmarks of his deanship has been a significant increase in scholarship spending, which has made law school more accessible and enabled Maryland Carey Law to recruit some of the most highly credentialed students in the law school’s history. 

In his Impact Report message, Tobin thanks the alumni community for its outpouring of support during his tenure as dean. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish together,” he writes. “Thank you for providing a strong foundation for our law school. You are essential to our continued success and help prepare us for our future.”   

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