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Fast Facts About Maryland Carey Law

The Law School

  • Maryland Carey Law was established in 1813 and began regular instruction in 1824.
  • David Hoffman, a prolific legal writer and commentator in Maryland, who came to be known as the father of American legal ethics, helped to formalize legal instruction by persuading the state legislature to establish the Law Institute at the University of Maryland.
  • Maryland Carey Law's facility, the Nathan Patz Law Center, is a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2002.
  • The law school has more than 170,000 square feet of space.
  • The school's Thurgood Marshall Library is the largest law library in the state.
  • The law school is home to an extensive experiential learning program and features approximately 17-20 clinics each year where students may have the opportunity to represent clients in all matter of proceedings, such as representing a criminal defendant in a bail hearing, an emerging business owner in patenting an invention and incorporating a business, a disabled person in obtaining Social Security benefits, an environmental group working to prevent a coal ash facility from contaminating a residential neighborhood, a person seeking protection from intimate partner violence, or a student fighting school disciplinary charges. 
  • Maryland offers specialty concentration certificates in Cybersecurity & Crisis Management, Environmental Law, and Health Care Law.  Maryland also offers track programs in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law.
  • The Law School is located in the bustling Baltimore-Washington corridor, the country’s second largest legal market, which allows students easy access to pursue externships not only in Baltimore, but also for federal agencies, Congress, nonprofits, NGOs, and trade associations in Washington, DC.
  • Maryland Carey Law has five student-run legal journals, moot court teams, and trial teams.
  • The 12:1 student to faculty ratio promotes a tight-knit community environment.
  • There are currently 37 student groups at Maryland Carey Law.
  • It is a member of the American Association of Law Schools, and has a chapter of the Order of the Coif.
  • It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 988-6738,
  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19104.


  • Maryland Law stands among seven professional schools on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.
  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore campus is located in downtown Baltimore
  • Students also have access to the University Campus Center – home to a gym, indoor pool, basketball courts, a café, and the bookstore.


  • The J.D. application opens on September 1st.
  • You can find information on how to apply here.
  • The priority application deadline for first-year JD applicants for fall admission is April 1, 2019
  • Maryland has a rolling admissions process.
  • Number of applications received for the Fall 2017 entering class: 1879

Tuition and Fees 

  • Tuition and mandatory fees for the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law are established and approved by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
  • For the most current rates, see Tuition and Fees on the University website.