MS in Law Checklist

Congratulations again on your admittance into the Master of Science in Law program. We are delighted that you will be joining us at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Below you will find next steps and more information about enrolling and preparing to start the program. Should you have questions not addressed here or require additional assistance, see the Who to Contact section below for more information on how to reach our staff.

If you applied using unofficial transcripts, you will need to request that official transcripts be sent directly to Maryland Carey Law from the issuing institution prior to enrollment. Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is to be eligible for admission to the MS in Law program. Visit the Apply page to learn more.

Setting up your UMID and password will also create your University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) email address and grant your access to all the resources you will need for your coursework (Blackboard, student accounting, etc.)Moving forward, school-related emails will only be sent to your official UMB email address. Be sure to complete this step as soon as possible so you do not miss any important assignments or information. 

Create your account using these instructions. Within two months prior to your term start date, you will receive a confirmation email stating that an Office 365 email account (with an “” e-mail address) has been created for you at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  

SURFS is the university’s hub for course registration, grades, billing, and financial aid information. Log in to SURFS using your UMID and password.

You can also access the SURFS login portal by visiting and selecting “Log in to SURFS” from the menu.

While logged in to SURFS, please update and confirm your contact and emergency contact information.

If you will need financial aid for the coming academic year, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit the FAFSA website to read the instructions and complete the form. When asked for a school code, use 00210400. Please direct any questions about need-based financial aid and the FAFSA to the law school’s financial aid coordinator, Marilyn Jones, at

*Graduate students must take a minimum of six credits each semester to obtain financial aid.

If you have been sent an email titled “Master of Science in Law Registration Process.”  Please follow the instructions on the email to select your schedule choice. Please refer to the schedule options below: 

Standard Schedule

Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law Standard and Alternate Schedules

Cybersecurity Law Standard and Alternate Schedules

*Alternative schedules are not available for the Health Care specialty

You may purchase books through any vendor you prefer. To see the list of required books for your first semester, visit the University's online bookstore. You will need the following first year course numbers to find your books:

  • LAW 626E - U. S. Law and the Legal System
  • LAW 627E - Legal Methods
  • LAW 628E - Legal Research

Your course numbers can also be found in SURFS

Review the Academic Calendar and make note of when your classes will begin.

If you wish to request accommodations and support services due to a documented disability, submit your request to UMB’s Office of Educational Support and Disability Services as soon as possible.

You may contact the office directly at or 410.706.5889.

The law school’s liaison to the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services is Erica Smith, Associate Dean of Student Services. You can contact Dean Smith at

Blackboard is the system that will be used to administer your MS in Law courses. There you will find a Student Orientation page with academic policies, technical information and support, best practices for online learning, book lists for your first semester classes, and more.

Use your UMID and password to log in to Blackboard. You can also access Blackboard by visiting, clicking the “Log In” link at the top of the page (if accessing by desktop computer), and selecting “Blackboard” from the list. If you have trouble accessing Blackboard or any of the content, please send an email to

Who to Contact

If your MS in Law question is not addressed here, or if you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact the appropriate Maryland Carey Law staff member:

Admissions & Next Steps
Gerald Magbulos, Associate Director of Admissions

Coursework & Scheduling
Crystal Edwards, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Tuition & Financial Aid
Marilyn Jones, Student Financial Planning Coordinator

Military & Veterans Affairs