Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Maryland Carey Law is a top 50 law school located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  Our approximately 6:1 student to faculty ratio provides students with a collegial and community-based atmosphere while providing them with the myriad of experiential learning opportunities in the second-largest legal market in the country.  While in law school, you will be a short walk away from three major courthouses, large national law firms, and government offices.

JD First-Year Application Checklist

A completed application for a first-year JD applicant consists of the following:

  1. The Application Form, submitted online through LSAC.

  2. Application Fees: The application fee is $70 and may be paid online by credit card through LSAC.  

  3. Standardized Test Score: A valid score from either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Test scores are valid for five years only.

  4. All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Applicants must request official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and have them submitted directly to LSAC. 

  5. Two letters of recommendation. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, but no more than four, through the 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. Please do not submit letters of recommendation from personal friends and relatives, as they will not be given weight in the admissions process.

  6. Credential Assembly Service. All applicants are required to register and submit the appropriate materials through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS), including their LSAT score(s) (if applicable), all official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and all other required components of the application. (LSAC will compile these documents and will deliver them in the form of a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report to the law school).

  7. Personal Statement: Applicants are required to submit a personal statement. We recommend that you use the personal statement to present to the Admissions Committee information and perspectives regarding your background, experience, special circumstances and interests that you believe will help the Committee understand your unique story. In addition, the statement should address why you are interested in obtaining a law degree and, more specifically, in attending the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. The personal statement should be no longer than 750 words, double-spaced, and must be typed and not hand-written. Upload your personal statement as an attachment to the application form.

  8. Résumé: Submit a résumé or curriculum vitae detailing your education, employment, skills, honors, awards, and accomplishments. Upload document as an attachment to the application form.

  9. 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.

  10. Admissions Interview: The admissions committee at Maryland Carey Law may request to interview applicants as part of the application review process and prior to issuing a decision.  Interview requests are made at the sole discretion of the admissions committee, and candidates are not able to request interviews.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid: The University of Maryland, Baltimore requires submission of the FAFSA for every student expecting to receive any form of financial aid, including those receiving merit-based aid only. The FAFSA becomes available on October 1, 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. Please submit your FAFSA form as soon as possible after it becomes available. The University has set a priority deadline of March 1 for receipt of the FAFSA. Submit this form online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, and enter the code for the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus: 002104.

Application for In-State Classification (Maryland Residents Only): The Office of the Registrar for the University of Maryland, Baltimore makes residency determinations. Applicants claiming Maryland residency must complete an Application for In-State Classification, and submit the application to the University’s Office of the Registrar. All applicants are considered non-residents for tuition purposes until the Application for In-State Classification has been submitted and approved. For more information about the in-state classification process and criteria, please see: https://www.umaryland.edu/registrar/residency/