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Bangor Daily News: Enrollment holds steady at Maine Law

Jan. 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – The Bangor Daily News published an article in December that examined enrollment figures at the University of Maine School of Law.

The verdict? Enrollment remains steady, and so does the high quality of matriculants, despite an overall drop in applicants that mirrors the national trend. This is good news for the law school, and something that we hope the entire state can be proud of. A steady flow of graduates from Maine’s public law school is critical for the future of the judiciary, local and state government and economic growth in Maine, as well as access to justice for the poor, children, elderly and other Mainers in need of legal aid.

Click here to read the full Bangor Daily News story. Here’s an excerpt:

The number of students entering law schools nationwide dropped below 40,000 this fall to its lowest level since 1975 — an 11 percent decrease from 2012.

That trend has not affected enrollment at the University of Maine School of Law, where class size has been relatively stable the past few years, according to law school officials. “The quality and size of Maine Law’s first-year classes have remained steady over the past three years despite a decrease in applicants that mirrors national trends,” Dean Peter Pitegoff said in a recent email. “Our law school has maintained the number of students in our entering class, while maintaining our high standards in terms of undergraduate academic performance, diverse backgrounds, experiences and standardized test scores.”

This fall’s nationwide law school enrollment of 39,675 represents a 24 percent decline from the all-time high in 2010 of 52,488 first-year students, according to an annual survey conducted by the American Bar Association. The size of the entering class at Maine Law has averaged 88 over the past 10 years, with 91, 87 and 86 students matriculating in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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