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Top Rated School with Degrees in Legal Studies - Baltimore, MD

Students interested in studying legal studies in the Baltimore, Maryland, area have few schools to choose from. Read about the top schools' degree options, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

In the city of Baltimore, MD, students interested in pursuing a degree in legal studies, either in preparation for a law degree or for professional enhancement, have three schools to choose from. Based on program offerings, tuition, and degrees awarded, the schools are ranked as follows:

  • Winner: The University of Baltimore is ranked #134 among law schools nationwide and offers undergraduate and graduate liberal arts degree options in legal studies, as well as a professional master's degree offered through its law school.
  • Runner-Up #1: The University of Maryland Baltimore houses a highly ranked law school and offers a professional master's degree with multiple degree specializations.
  • Runner-Up #2: Stevenson University offers an undergraduate degree in paralegal studies that can prepare students for professional certification, as well as a master's degree with a legal concentration.

School Comparison Table

Category University of Baltimore University of Maryland Baltimore Stevenson University
Ranking #134 among U.S. graduate law schools (2013)* #41 among U.S. graduate law schools (2013)* #82 among regional universities in the East (2013)*
Location Baltimore, MD Baltimore. MD Stevenson, MD (12.6 miles from downtown Baltimore)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $7,646 (in-state, undergraduate),
$17,914 (out-of-state, undergraduate),
$12,560 (in-state, graduate),
$17,600 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$12,929 (in-state, graduate),
$26,345 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$25,310 (undergraduate),
$14,360 (graduate)**
Legal Studies Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees
Degrees Awarded (2011-2012) 81** 2 ** 101**
Most Popular Program (2011-2012) Master's in Legal Professions and Studies, Other (45 awarded)** Master's in Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General (2 awarded)** Master's degree in Legal Professions and Studies, Other (69 awarded)**
Graduation Rate (150% of Normal Program Time, 2006-2013) N/A N/A 64%**
Noteworthy Law school early entry option Six LL.M. specializations Student Chapter of the Lambda Epsilon Chi, the National Honor Society for Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

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Winner: University of Baltimore

  • Law students have access to multiple student groups, like American Bar Association/Law Student Division and American Constitution Society
  • ABA-approved law school
  • Ranked 23rd among top public schools in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2013

The University of Baltimore was founded as a private institution in 1925, offering business and law programs. Undergraduate students can pursue a BA in Jurisprudence through the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences. The program can be used as preparation for careers such as legal assistant, paralegal, advocate or city manager and includes courses covering administrative law, constitutional law and legal history. Students in this program may qualify for early entry into law school to pursue a professional law degree.

The college also offers a Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies. This 36-hour program offers a law school preparation path and a career enhancement path, and students complete courses in legal research, applied ethics and several other specific areas of law. Students holding a law degree can pursue a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation or Law of U.S. The School of Law is home to several student organizations, such as the ABA Law Student Division, a chapter of the Black Law Students Association and a chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Runner-Up #1: University of Maryland Baltimore

  • The Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland is the only public law, human services and public health university in Maryland
  • The Francis King Carey School of Law is the third oldest law school in the nation
  • Students have access to the Nathan Patz Law Center, a state-of-the-art law facility

The School of Law was founded in 1824 and is today named the Francis King Carey School of Law. In addition to the J.D. program, students can complete a Master of Laws degree in one of six specialty areas, including business law, clinical law, constitutional law, environmental law and health law, as well as international and comparative law.

The LL.M. program features a thesis requirement and courses that include advanced legal topics and interdisciplinary offerings in advancing areas of legal study. Law school students can participate in clinical practice and research through centers such as the Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy or the Women, Leadership and Equality Program.

Runner-Up #2: Stevenson University

  • ABA-approved paralegal program
  • Law clinic experience opportunity

Founded in 1947 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Stevenson University is a private Catholic institution. Through the Brown School of Business and Leadership, students can pursue the only ABA-approved 4-year paralegal studies program in the Baltimore area. The Bachelor of Science program includes courses on civil litigation, juvenile justice, estate administration and bankruptcy law. In addition to internship experience, students can also participate in the school's law clinic or the Lambda Epsilon Chi.

Stevenson University also offers a combined BS/Master of Science option for paralegal students to pursue graduate degrees in either business technology management or forensic science, as well as a master's degree in forensic studies with a legal track. The legal track examines fraud investigation, legal research and white-collar crimes.

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