Paul L. Caron

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Maryland Law School Offers 10% Tuition Discount To Federal Employees Pursuing MSL, LLM Degrees

Maryland (2016)Press Release, Office of Personnel Management, Maryland Carey Law form Federal Employee Education Alliance:

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law announced an agreement to offer a Federal Employee (FEDEM) grant equivalent to a 10% tuition discount to Federal employees and their spouses admitted to the Master of Science in Law (MSL) or the Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs.

The MSL program is a part-time, 30-credit, two-year, evening program developed for working professionals. After a semester of foundational courses, students choose a specialization in one of five areas: Crisis Management Law, Cybersecurity Law, Environmental Law, Health Care Law or Patent Law. The LL.M. program provides advanced legal education in the same and other specializations for students with a Juris Doctor degree or a law degree from another country. ...

“We are pleased to be the only law school to join OPM in offering outstanding educational opportunities to professionals in the Federal Government and their spouses,” said Donald B. Tobin, Dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. “Our alliance with OPM provides Federal employees and their spouses access to our MSL program, specifically designed for professionals who want, or need, to increase their knowledge of law, policy and regulations in their area of specialization. In addition, lawyers working in the Federal Government will also have access to our LL.M. program and may focus their academic work in the same or other areas of law.”

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Mr. ruralcounsel: There seem to be enough firm-sponsored lawyers to fill out the subscriptions to the mid-year meetings in Maui and St. Croix. As for federal lawyers at those events, the only ones there are the speakers, who are comped by the various bar associations. Yes, there is some ASLRP assistance available, but not enough to make a substantial difference. The program is very small and always underfunded.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 10, 2016 2:04:13 PM

Publius: You'll need to compare that tiny percentage of BigLaw lawyers sipping their boat drinks with the heads of DOJ departments for a fair comparison. As I'm sure you are aware, very few private sector attorneys are in that economic stratus. But why try to make a fair comparison, eh? Not when you can make cheap shots ...

And don't forget, the key point for the private sector, as you stated, is that they are paying their own way, unlike federal employee lawyers who are on the taxpayer dime.

Meanwhile, many government agencies provide student loan repayment assistance or newly hired attorneys get student loan forgiveness for going "public sector." Government attorneys get plenty of special benefits targeted just to them.

"The Department of Justice Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (ASLRP) is an agency recruitment and retention incentive program .

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Dec 9, 2016 4:44:06 AM

Mr. ruralcounsel: I doubt any federal lawyers will be signing up for the LLM program. After all, they're already busy attending mid-year bar meetings in the Caribbean, paid for by their firms. Whoops! I got those federal lawyers confused with the private sector lawyers! Never mind.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 8, 2016 10:27:59 AM

And let's give discounts to lottery winners as well. Another example of those already well-situated getting breaks that others not so well-situated are denied. Having a federal job is already a pretty sweet deal in the MD/VA/DC area - reasonable pay, good benefits. So they get a break on going to law school too? Small wonder the average citizen feels like they are getting cheated by government.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Dec 8, 2016 4:35:13 AM