The University of Maine School of Law is committed to maintaining the diverse community that has been one of our strengths since our doors opened more than 40 years ago. We welcome all to our community, regardless of race, gender, religion or creed, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, economic status, or disability. We are an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity; our students come from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.
We believe that law schools and the legal profession have a special obligation to promote opportunities for members of economically and otherwise disadvantaged groups in society, who are underrepresented in the legal profession. Maine Law has provided an excellent legal education to many individuals from underrepresented groups. The faculty and staff are committed to creating an environment where all students thrive.
Maine Law has strong and active affinity groups. Numerous student groups—such as the Black Law Students Association, the Latino/a Law Students Association, the Native-American Law Student Association, and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Law Caucus—support students from underrepresented groups through cultural and social events and also through thought provoking forums. Our students also take advantage of the diversity initiatives available through the University of Southern Maine's Multicultural Center.
Maine Law seeks to attract into legal education larger numbers of men and women from such groups and are committed to assisting underrepresented minorities in their legal education. We also encourage applications from participants in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.
Students with disabilities should first contact the Assistant Dean, liaison to the Office of Support for Students with Disabilities (OSSD), which coordinates services for students with disabilities. Located in Room 242 Luther Bonney on the Portland Campus, (207) 780-4706, TTY (207) 780-4395, toll free TTY (866) 783-6461 or fax (207) 780-4403), OSSD office provides a variety of student support services such as, but not limited to:
- note takers
- test proctoring
- texts in alternative format
- physical accommodations
- assistive technology
In addition, OSSD makes referrals to educational evaluators for formal assessment of learning disabilities.
Students with Disabilities
Students are advised to request services early in the semester to ensure timely implementation of accommodations. Academic services are provided at no additional cost to any currently enrolled, qualified student. It is the responsibility of the students to seek available assistance at USM and to make their needs known. Students may be asked to provide documentation.
In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of pluralism, the University of Southern Maine (USM) does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability or veteran status and shall comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 in employment, education and all other areas of the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Discrimination inquires can be directed to the executive director, Office of Campus Diversity and Equity, (207) 780-5094, TTY (207) 780-5646, the Maine Human Rights Commission, (207) 624-6058, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), (617) 223-9662.
Further, It is the policy of the University of Maine School of Law not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation in its education program, admissions policies, employment policies, and other school-administered programs. Employers who discriminate in violation of the school's policy or who refuse to sign an acknowledgment of our policy are denied access to the Law School's Career Services Office. Anyone with information that any employer other than the U.S. Armed Services discriminates should contact the Director of Career Services or the Dean of the Law School. For more information about this policy and its application to the U.S. Military, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.