Choosing a law school in Maryland is an either/or proposition. There are only two American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools to choose from, both located in Baltimore. The differences between the two schools are subtle but important, not unlike the difference between crab cakes and coddies. You'll have to look beyond the proverbial Bay Seasoning and consider your needs and goals to choose the right school. The following article provides an overview of Maryland law schools with the details you need to determine which school is right for you.
Maryland Law Schools
University of Baltimore School of Law -- The University of Baltimore School of Law is the larger of the two Maryland law schools and has produced many of the state's judges, state's attorneys, and public defenders. It is also former Vice President Spiro Agnew's Alma Mater.
Although the University of Maryland School of Law holds higher rankings overall, the University of Baltimore costs nearly half as much to attend, making it an excellent value. It is also somewhat more difficult to get admitted to the University of Maryland and admitted students have higher median LSAT scores and GPAs than those admitted at the University of Baltimore. Many University of Baltimore graduates remain in practice in Maryland and programs focused on criminal law and other areas of litigation suggest that the school is a good destination for someone looking to practice law in a courtroom.
University of Maryland School of Law -- The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is the second-oldest law school in the United States. The school's health care law, clinical training, and part-time programs are all highly regarded. It is also listed among the top 50 law schools in the country according to U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings. As a result, post-graduation employment figures for the University of Maryland School of Law are somewhat better than the University of Baltimore's.
It should be noted, however, that the difference in cost is significantly greater than the difference in post-graduation employment. The University of Maryland also offers a larger percentage of students financial aid than its competitor, but these grants are not typically enough to reduce tuition to an amount comparable to the University of Baltimore's. A significant number of the University of Maryland's graduates practice in neighboring Washington, D.C. and the school's many policy-focused programs and clinics suggest that the school is a good destination for someone interested in pursuing a career in politics or policy.
More Advice and Info for Law School Success
Once you've chosen the right Maryland law school for you, you'll need to move on to the next set of challenges in your journey to a successful career in the law. You'll want advice on how to get admitted, how to study for classes and exams, how to choose elective courses or specialization, and how to get an internship. There are articles and links to helpful information throughout the FindLaw Law Students section that can help you find the answer to these and other important questions.