Why Maine Law?

Welcome to the web site of The University of Maine School of Law. Here you will have an opportunity to explore some of the attributes that make Maine Law such a special and distinctive place.

Community

Portland, Maine is a splendid community in which to study law. There is a remarkable sense of community at the University of Maine School of Law. Our size allows a close interaction with classmates, faculty and staff. The friends made during three years at this law school become personal and professional friends for a lifetime.

Law School Faculty

Our Faculty places teaching as its first priority. Our students regularly write strong teaching evaluations. Superb faculty mentoring and out-of-class contributions to student educational and professional development are as much a part of our curriculum as the actual classes themselves.

Members of our faculty participate in nationally and internationally recognized scholarship. Law faculty also act as consultants to the federal courts, to Maine's Supreme Judicial Court, to the Governor and various legislative committees, and to the national and state bar associations.

Diverse Student Backgrounds

Our students are diverse in their educational backgrounds and professional experiences prior to coming to law school. We attract graduates of the world's finest colleges and universities. Our average entering age of 26 indicates that the class is a mixture of recent college graduates and seasoned professionals. Each group contributes to the education of the other.

Areas of Educational Strengths

Maine Law prepares its graduates for a wide variety of careers in law, business, government and public service. Areas of special curricular strength include business and commercial law, marine law, trial advocacy and international law.

Respect for public service is especially strong at Maine. The need to serve the abused, impoverished, and accused of our society and to make government work is great. Although law may be an avenue to personal wealth for some, we believe that all law trained men and women, whatever their career choices, owe an obligation of public service. Emblematic of our respect is our principal Distinguished Lecture series, the Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, which in recent years had brought to the Law School inspiring public servants including Kurt Smoke, former U.S. Solicitor General Drew Days and former Labor Secretary, Robert Reich.

Other Activities While You Are at Law School

Finally, Maine is a school that gives you the chance to develop talents inside and outside the classroom. We offer a rich array of co-curricular activities—scholarly journals, trial and moot court competitions, student organizations, public interest causes. Our small size provides more students with a greater number of opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom.

As you visit our web site, perhaps as a prospective student, we hope that your visit will lead you to conclude, as we have, that the University of Maine School of Law is indeed a special and distinctive place, and that you will want to join us.