The University of Maine, School of Law is located in Portland, Maine. The small size of the class allows a close interaction with classmates, faculty, and staff. The 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 the curriculum as the actual classes themselves.
Members of the 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.
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.
The School offers a rich array of co-curricular activities-scholarly journals, trial and moot court competitions, student organizations, and public interest causes.
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. 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.
Joint Degree Programs
This program provides career opportunities in the areas of business and law and prepares you for careers in corporate law, tax law, contract law, bankruptcy law, and labour law among others. In addition, with the new Business & Sustainability track in the MBA program, a student could also consider a career in environmental law. Students may take both the LSAT and the GMAT or may request the MBA faculty to accept the LSAT score in lieu of the GMAT.
At the University of Maine School of Law, students have many opportunities to learn through hands-on experience working with real clients, cases, and problems. Each of the clinic and externship programs provides students intensive instruction and mentoring by supervisors who are both experienced practitioners and dedicated teachers. The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic , established in 1969, is one of the nation's oldest continuously-operating law school clinical programs and a highly-respected provider of legal services. Maine Law offers separate clinical courses through CLAC: General Practice Clinic, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Prisoner Assistance Clinic , and Refugee and Human Rights Clinic .
French Law Program
The Law School's French Law Program offers students the opportunity to study French law and the French legal system in depth, through courses, research and writing, semester-long study in France, and participation in the Program's annual Franco-American Legal Seminar. The Program also provides students with substantial exposure to European Law and Comparative Law more generally.
Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library
The Law Library contains over 3,35,000 volumes, entirely shelved in open stacks. It has a complete collection of federal and state statutes and law reports, as well as a comprehensive collection of Canadian and British Commonwealth law reports and statutes. The legal periodical collection of the Law Library is outstanding and features most American, Canadian, and British legal periodicals. As a U.S. Government publications depository, the Law Library receives federal publications which support law student and faculty research. As an official depository for the European Union, the Law Library receives essential European documents, as well.
Ocean and Coastal Law Journal
Located in the coastal city of Portland, Maine, the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal is dedicated to facilitating discourse on legal issues related to domestic and international use of the sea and seashores. It is published by second and third year students at the University of Maine School of Law in two volumes per year.
A formal moot court program is available to selected students based on an appellate competition which evaluates written and oral skills. Members of the second-year Moot Court Board assist in coaching first-year students in their moot court arguments, and sponsor such events as the Faculty Argument and the Prize Argument. In the third year, Moot Court teams represent the school in a number of inter-school competitions.
University of Maine School of Law
246 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
Ph: (207) 780 4355