- Academic Requirements
- Academic Calendar
- Curriculum - The three-year curriculum at the University of Maine School of Law is intensive and challenging. Offering courses in subjects as diverse as international business transactions and environmental law, as well as traditional core courses. The underlying purpose of the curriculum is to give students a solid foundation in legal analysis and practical lawyering skills that will serve them well in any field they choose to pursue. A list of courses offered at Maine Law is available here.
- Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library
- Maine Law Review - The Maine Law Review is published twice annually by the students of the University of Maine School of Law. The Law Review contains case notes and comments written by our students on current legal problems, as well as articles by judges, professors, and practitioners on a variety of legal issues.
- Ocean & Coastal Law Journal - 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. These volumes include articles by practitioners and scholars, as well as comments and case notes written by students addressing issues of marine resource regulation, coastal zone management, marine environmental protection, and other topics of importance in the field of ocean and coastal law. In addition, OCLJ publishes a brief synopsis of major recent developments in the field, which is produced by editors on the OCLJ staff.
- Clinical Programs & Externships
- Exchange Programs
Accreditation, Approvals & Memberships
The University of Maine School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). For additional information, please contact:
Office of the Consultant on Legal Education
/Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
The University of Maine School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). For additional information, please contact:
Association of American Law Schools
1201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
Enrollment/Employment/Bar Passage Data
- 2014 ABA Standard 509 Information Report
- Bar passage data, 2009 – 2014 (state of Maine)
- Class of 2016 Student Body Profile
- ABA Employment Summary Reports (2013, 2012, and 2011 graduates)
- Employment Statistics (NALP) – 2012, 2013
Maine Law faculty place teaching as their first priority. 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. Additional information on Maine Law’s faculty is available here.
The University of Maine School of Law is housed in the beautiful coastal city of Portland, Maine. Located on the edge of the University of Southern Maine campus, the Maine Law building is seven stories tall and houses all law school faculty offices, student services, administrative, and library staff offices. The Law building has three large classrooms as well as multiple seminar style classrooms all wired for laptop use. The law building houses the Donald Garbrecht Law Library which has over 500,000 volumes and offers students database access and trainings to HeinOnline, WestLaw, Lexis-Nexis, as well as many other electronic resources. Adjacent to the Law Building is the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic which houses the General Practice Clinic, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Prisoner Assistance Clinic. The Refugee and Human Rights Clinic is located in the law building on the 5th floor.
Additional information on our Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic and its commitment to public service, is available here.
Tuition rates vary according to the student’s residency and are determined at the time of acceptance. Maine resident tuition rates are lower than out-of-state tuition rates. A number of New England residents, from states that do not have a state law school, are granted New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) rates. Canadian citizens are granted a tuition rate similar to the NEBHE rate. For additional information on determining your residency status, please visit the residency section on USM’s Student Accounts Office web pages.
Tuition Charges 2014-2015
Maine Resident: $22,290
New England Regional Program & Canadian Citizens: $30,420
Non-Maine Resident: $33,360
In addition, full-time students pay approximately $1270 per year in mandatory fees.
Tuition Charges Per Credit Hour
For students registered for fewer than 12 credits
Maine Resident: $743
New England Regional Program: $1014
Non-Maine Resident: $1112
Additional information on tuition is available here.
Financial aid for students at the University of Maine School of Law is administered through the Financial Aid Office of the University of Southern Maine. The USM Financial Aid Office provides substantial need-based financial assistance to a majority of first-year law students in the form of Stafford Loans (Guaranteed Student Loans), Perkins Loans, and work-study employment. In addition, private loans (alternative loans) are also available.
Students are encouraged to apply for aid by February 15th. (Do not wait for an admissions decision to apply for financial aid!) This will enable the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility before the first non-refundable tuition deposit is due. Additional information on financial aid is available here.
All students admitted to the University of Maine School of Law are automatically considered for scholarships funded by the law school; a separate scholarship application is not required. No scholarships awarded by Maine Law are conditional; they require only that the student remain in good academic standing. The scholarship committee begins awarding scholarships in late January. Typically all recipients are notified by March 1st. Additional information on scholarships is available here.
The charges assessed to students who withdraw from all classes at the University are adjusted in accordance with the date the student officially withdraws from classes. Thus, the date the Registrar receives written notification of withdrawal is used when calculating refunds. A semester begins with the first day of scheduled Law School classes and includes weekends and holidays.
Failure to notify the Registrar promptly will increase financial liability. A student who feels the withdrawal was caused by reasons beyond his/her control (extended illness or military service obligations, for example) may petition for special consideration up to 90 days after the close of the semester/session for which the student is claiming a refund. Charges will not be reduced for voluntary absence from classes. Please contact the Registrar for additional information about this procedure.
- Transfer Students - A student who has been accepted for transfer to the University of Maine School of Law will be given credit for the number of hours accepted in transfer as determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Courses completed with a grade of “C” or above are eligible for transfer, and a maximum of 32 hours of course credit may be transferred. The prior grades of a transfer student will not be computed into the student’s grade point average.
- Visiting Students – We invite applications from students in good standing at other fully accredited ABA law schools to visit Maine Law for one or two semesters, subject to approval by their home school. The standards for admission and the application process for visiting students are the same as those for transfer students. In addition, students must also submit a letter of permission from their law school dean. Visiting students must comply with the academic procedures and standards of Maine Law.
- International Students - We welcome applications from international students to our three-year Juris Doctor program. To be eligible for admission a prospective student must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.