Does anyone have further input about what it's like being a student there? How are they with $? Do you feel safe? Alumni network/ jobs?
I am a 1L at Maryland. As far as "how are they with $", I don't know what this poster was asking.
As far as "do you feel safe?", the answer is yes. It is similar to NY, Miami, and LA. It is not similar to small towns. Crime does happen, and pretty frequently. I feel safe because I have always been in big cities, and know not to do certain things that makes me a target like:
1: Jogging at night
2: Always lock car/house doors
3: Don't talk to random beggars on street
4: Walk with a purpose
5: Don't be a target, i.e., walk around with money in hands, or overly lavish jewelry.
6: Stay away from bad neighborhoods
7: Mind your own business
As far as Alumni Network/Jobs, this is really where University of Maryland shines. There are so many things going on at the law school to build your network and opportunities for success it is really pretty impressive. Now I am a first year student so I can't tell you about post-graduation jobs, but there are tons of opportunities for internships, externships, summer work programs, and so on.
If you have any other specific questions, just let me know. I am happy about my decision to attend Maryland. If you want to practice in Maryland it is the best school option there is. I came to the school under the assumption that it was going to carry only a regional rather than national reputation. I think this is pretty much correct, though there are exceptions (environmental law/health law). These exceptions are recognized nationally.