Our graduates have a reputation as lawyers who "hit the ground running"—because UBalt prepares each student not only to think like a lawyer but also to act like one.
The School of Law's required and core courses provide the substantive and procedural knowledge that all attorneys must have. A comprehensive writing program, beginning the first year with the Introduction to Lawyering Skills courses and continuing throughout the curriculum, will hone your writing and language skills—a lawyer's primary tools.
The largely elective upper-class curriculum provides one of the most comprehensive sequences of lawyering-skills courses of any law school in the country. Simulation courses help students develop the full range of skills, including trial and appellate advocacy; pretrial litigation; interviewing, negotiating and counseling; mediation and alternative dispute resolution; and planning and drafting. You will then have opportunities to test your abilities in the "real world" by participating in the School of Law's award-winning clinics or externships.
Interested in focusing in certain areas of law? Our curriculum is designed to provide for nine upper-class concentrations that encourage students to explore an area of the law in depth before choosing a career path. This in-depth study, while not intended to produce a "specialist" in a particular area of the law, provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the area and with the complex lawyering skills that cannot be gained through a more general legal education.
Areas of Concentration
The world is increasingly complex. When it comes to the law, specialized knowledge can greatly enhance your success as a lawyer in this challenging yet rewarding marketplace.
You want to get—and keep—a competitive edge. The School of Law offers several academic concentrations that provide advanced training—it's just what you'll need to hit the ground running on the day you graduate, and well beyond.
Take a look at our list of concentrations. Each of these specializations has our faculty's seal of approval as the best way to complement and build on the school's curriculum. Each concentration requires you to participate in at least one experiential course where you'll apply what you've learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. You can also combine courses to build your own individualized curriculum.
Apply for recognition in an area of concentration during your last semester.
- Business Law
- Criminal Practice
- Estate Planning
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Law
- Litigation & Advocacy
- Public Service
- Real Estate Practice