From the School

The University of Maine School of Law is the public and only law school in Maine, offering the J.D. degree and post-professional LL.M. (Master of Laws) and J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) degrees. Maine Law is committed to educational and scholarly excellence, to justice and the public interest, to professionalism, integrity, and high ethical standards, and to serving as a resource for the entire state and the nation. A rigorous core curriculum is augmented by Maine Law's strengths in oceans law, intellectual property and technology law, business and commercial law, international law, robust clinical programs, trial practice and advocacy, and more. Maine Law prepares graduates to succeed in a global economy and to excel in a wide variety of careers in private and public sectors in Maine and throughout the world.

By design, Maine Law is one of the smallest law schools in the country. The small size fosters a sense of community that is embraced by students, alumni, faculty and staff. It also gives Maine Law the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing legal profession and the new demands of the job market. Maine Law graduates are public and private sector leaders regionally and around the world.

As a public institution and law school of the University of Maine System, Maine Law takes seriously its responsibilities to the State of Maine and its citizens. Students and faculty advance the economic and social well-being of Maine through extensive research, policy development, clinical programs, internships, and public interest fellowships. Graduates hold prominent leadership positions in law, government, business, and civic society. Maine Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.

In addition to a strong core curriculum, Maine Law offers experiential learning opportunities; including externships, clinical programs and capstone courses. There is excellent access to externships, which offer students the opportunity to work alongside seasoned attorneys in corporate, judicial and governmental placements in Maine and around the country. The clinical programs at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic allow students to assume all the responsibilities of an attorney and to represent clients, including low-income individuals, juveniles, prisoners, and immigrants. It is one of the oldest clinical programs of its kind in the nation.

"We’re a very nimble law school," said Dean Peter Pitegoff, who highlighted the school's ability to tailor its curriculum to individual students. "We’re flexible enough to adapt to changes in the legal economy and job outlook."

Maine Law is situated in Portland, Maine, rated one of the most livable cities in the country. Portland's rich cultural community, thriving businesses and passionate leaders provide endless possibilities for success.

Contact us now to learn more about how you can be part of Maine Law's future.


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149 - 155

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Rolling Admissions

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Students Say

All too often, law school is viewed as a “stress inducing experience that breaks people.” University of Maine takes a decidedly softer approach. Students here love that the “school focuses on creating the best possible advocates for clients while emphasizing that self care matters.” And they promise that “you will not find a better place to get personal and professional mentorship.” After all, Maine Law “works with students to develop a program that reflects their personal and professional goals starting in the first year.”

When it comes to coursework, students are quick to tout the great “clinical offerings [in] juvenile justice, prisoner assistance, general practice [and] refugee and human rights.” They also note that “Maine Law is well known nationally and internationally in the field of privacy law, and has an excellent Information Privacy Program.” And the accolades don’t end there! University of Maine also boasts “a nationally recognized Moot Court Team and Legal Writing Program.”

Of course, the best aspect of UM might just be the “incredibly knowledgeable” and “invested” professors. Students have the opportunity to “work closely with some of the greatest legal minds in Maine.” And the “access to faculty is unparalleled.” Professors “take a huge interest in their students and provid[e] them with all the resources they could ever need.” Even better, they know how to make their courses endlessly interesting. We’ll let this impressed student explain. “I came into school knowing that I wanted to focus in juvenile justice but I left 1L year with a newfound respect for a range of subjects that I never cared about before. I am fascinated by property law now and could even manage to care a little bit about contracts (which is wild).”

Further, many professors “practice locally and help students make connections outside of school.” The university also does a great job of encouraging “relationships between students and local attorneys.” Additionally, “the First Circuit and the District Court for the District of Maine partner with the law school to provide opportunities exclusively to students at Maine Law.” And a number of people highlight the fact that the “vast majority of the Maine State Bar is comprised of Maine Law grads.” In other words, “If you’re interested in practicing law in Maine, Maine Law is pretty much the ONLY school worth attending.”

Career overview

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Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Maine law firms and businesses State and local government Maine courts (judicial clerkships) Local public interest/legal service

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Private Practice
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Graduates Employed by Region

New England
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Prominent Alumni

Hon. John A. Woodcock
District Judge, United States District Court of Maine

Hon. Leigh I. Saufley
Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Janet T. Mills
Attorney General of Maine

Hon. Michael Fagone
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Maine

Peter Carlisle
Agent to pro athletes, such as Michael Phelps


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94% are full time
6% are part time
53% female
47% male

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Students Say

Maine Law does an excellent job at fostering a “strong sense of community.” There’s certainly a “cooperative spirit among students” and they happily “support one another.” In fact, “during reading week leading up to finals, you’ll routinely see students working together and answering each other’s questions.” They do acknowledge, however, that ethnic diversity is lacking. As this student plainly states, “If you’re looking for diversity based on skin color, please note that Maine is the ‘whitest state in the union.’” Fortunately, “the school is very diverse with regards to age, background, political viewpoint, sexual preferences, etc.” Though a handful of people argue that the law school “is overwhelmingly liberal, and if you are conservative, you feel uncomfortable expressing any of your views.”

One point virtually all students agree on? The fact that Portland is a “beautiful city on the ocean.” Of course, if you come from a larger metropolitan area, it can feel like a “small town.” The upside is that “you always know where your friends and classmates are on the weekends.” Plus, Portland has a “nationally recognized foodie scene” and “lots of craft cocktail bars.” All in all, the city is “a great place to spend three years.”

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Admissions Office Contact

From The School

Caroline Wilshusen
Director of Admissions

246 Deering Ave
Portland, ME 04102