The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Early Entry Law Program offers highly motivated undergraduate students at partner institutions an opportunity to enroll in law school after their undergraduate junior year. Early entry allows students to forego their senior year and earn two degrees in less time.
University of Baltimore
UBalt undergraduates admitted as early entry law have the unique benefit of paying undergraduate tuition for the first year of law school either as a part-time or a full-time law student. This benefit can save a student $20,000 or more over the course of law school. Learn more.
- Notre Dame of Maryland University
- Stevenson University
- Towson University
- University of Maryland College Park
How the Program Works
Students follow specific curriculum plans for early entry law at the partner undergraduate institution. Interested students are encouraged to contact the appropriate advisor early in their undergraduate careers. Students must obtain approval for early entry from their undergraduate institution prior to submitting a law application.
Students complete all application requirements for the school of law by April 1st of their junior year.
Applications will be reviewed under one of two application review processes.*
1. Early Automatic Admissions Process: Students who meet the Early Automatic Admission criteria will be automatically admitted to the University of Baltimore School of Law. The criteria are
Have a cumulative cross-institutional grade point average of 3.5 or better as computed by the Law School Admissions Council Credential Assembly Service and have an LSAT score of 150 or higher or,
Have a cumulative cross-institutional grade point average of 3.0 or better as computed by the Law School Admissions Council Credential Assembly Service and have an LSAT score of 154 or higher.
Any applicant with an affirmative answer to one of the character and fitness questions on the law school application will not receive automatic admissions. Instead, their application will be reviewed under the existing rolling admissions process.
2. Rolling Admissions Process: Students who do not meet the criteria for Early Automatic Admission will be reviewed by the School of Law in the same manner as any applicant applying for rolling admission.
*Criteria for Early Automatic Admissions are only effective for the current application year. Criteria are revised each year to ensure they are appropriate for admission and to assure they are aligned with current admission practices allowed under standards approved by the American Bar Association.
Admitted early entry students should take part in all admission activities for admitted applicants to learn more about what UBalt Law has to offer. This includes class visits, tours, and special events.
As with all new law students, early entry students will be required to submit two enrollment deposits at designated times. Early entry students will be enrolled in first semester classes by the school of law.
Early entry students must supply documentation from their undergraduate institution acknowledging that they have completed all undergraduate requirements necessary for participation in the early entry program. Documentation must be submitted by October 1st of the first year of law school. Per ABA policy, students who do not submit appropriate documentation will be withdrawn from law school.
Early entry students pay law school tuition rates except as noted above.
Upon successful completion of 30 law school credits, the credits earned will be counted towards the JD degree and the undergraduate degree. The JD credits will transfer back to the undergraduate institution. Students must request that a law school transcript be sent to their undergraduate institution. Students must also complete a graduation application for the undergraduate degree to be conferred. Students are then required to submit a transcript from the undergraduate institution indicating that a bachelor’s degree has been conferred.