University of Maryland Law School

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University of Maryland School of Law is a law school located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. It is part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Established in 1816, it opened in 1823 as the Maryland Law Institute, making it one of the oldest law schools in the country. In 2003, the law school moved into a new facility at 500 West Baltimore Street on the Westside of downtown near the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards. The dean of University of Maryland School of Law is Karen Rothenberg. The school was ranked number 36 in the 2008 edition of the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings.

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UM Law School Admissions

UM Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 54% of its applicants. Comparatively, Maryland is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 1953 1049 (53.71%) 204 (10.4%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.25 3.46 3.63
LSAT 154 157 160

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $30,177 $43,657
Part Time $23,175 $33,284

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $23,075
  • Living off-campus: $23,075
  • Living at home: $11,915

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/12
  • Application Fee: $70

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UM Law School Community

UM Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Maryland is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 47
  • Part Time: 93


  • # Female Faculty: 66
  • # Minority Faculty: 19


13.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

UM Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UM Law School 1L section size is 25% larger than law schools in Maryland and 50% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UM Law School: 266
Maryland Average: 199
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 935
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 231

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 188
  • Law Journals: 367
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 11.3%
  • Second Year: 0.0%
  • Third Year: 0.4%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UM Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UM Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 91% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 82.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 30.0%
  • Business: 18.0%
  • Government: 22.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • Maryland: 69%
  • District Of Columbia: 10%
  • Virginia: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 82.9%
  • First Time Takers: 280
  • Average School: 78.0%
  • Average State: 76.5%
  • Pass Difference: 1.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Maryland: 76.5%
  • Passed: 181 of 232 (78.0%)
  • State Average: 76.5%
  • Difference: 1.6%