LL.M. Program

University of Maine School of Law Master of Laws Program

The University of Maine School of Law offers an LL.M. program, primarily intended for foreign students and practitioners who have earned a law degree outside the United States. Through a rigorous program of study, foreign students and practitioners will learn about many aspects of the U.S. legal system. Participants will design a curriculum suited to their individual needs and interests, and will be able to choose from advanced courses in specialized areas of law.

The LL.M. program normally will be completed in one academic year, which begins for all new students in late August. The program requires completion of 24 semester hours of credit. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded with the LL.M. degree.

All foreign students will be required to take a core course on the American legal system, and at least one course in the first year J.D. curriculum. Outside of those two requirements, students can choose among upper level courses and specialty areas. While no thesis is required, students have freedom to pursue a variety of writing projects and applied research projects or fieldwork, depending on their interests.


All applications must be made electronically and applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service at www.LSAC.org. The Credential Assembly Service provides a means of centralizing and standardizing academic records to simplify the admissions process. Once we receive your application and accompanying materials, we will request that LSAC send the Credential Assembly Service report to the law school, which includes; Letter(s) of recommendation and copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. There is a registration fee for the Credential Assembly Service as well as a fee for each law school report you request. For Credential Assembly Service registration and fee information go to www.LSAC.org. Please note it may take several weeks from the date of the request for us to receive your Credential Assembly Service Report.

Applicants for the Maine Law LL.M. program must have obtained a terminal professional law degree. The degree should be the equivalent of the J.D. or LL.B. degree. Candidates for whom English is not a native language must also have attained an adequate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or otherwise be able to demonstrate equivalent English language proficiency. Classes are taught solely in English.

Certification of finances also must be completed prior to acceptance. Applicants must show proof of financial capacity to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. Tuition is $22,290 for Maine residents or $33,360 for non-residents. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis. A $500 seat deposit is due by June 15 for September matriculation or November 15 for January matriculation.

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Portland, Maine, is the perfect base for your new journey. Home to state and federal courthouses, leading New England law firms, renowned cultural institutions and plenty of recreation options, Portland has all the amenities you'll need, but at a human scale. Boston is just 100 miles south, and Canada is easily accessible to the north.

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Charles Norchi: LL.M. Program Director

Professor Charles Norchi is an expert in international and comparative law.  At Maine Law, he teaches Public International Law, Oceans Law and Comparative Law as well as advanced seminars in those fields. His current research projects are in the areas of Law and Nation-building, International Maritime Boundary Delimitation, and Maritime Port Law. Professor Norchi has consulted in more than two dozen countries, primarily on behalf of United Nations agencies and other international organizations. He has extensive experience in Afghanistan and has recently worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Professor Norchi manages comparative marine law projects with the Center for Maritime and Ocean Law at the University of Nantes, France, through the Maine Law School French Law program; with the Hong Kong Centre for Maritime Law and Transport; and with the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta.

Professor Norchi holds a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has studied at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in France and the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland; holds a Masters of Law (LL.M.) and a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School.

For more information

Physical and mailing address:
University of Maine School of Law
LL.M. Program
246 Deering Ave., Portland, ME 04102
Telephone: 207-780-4355