Academic Program

At the University of Maine School of Law you will receive an intense, rigorous legal education, but in a close-knit community that fosters collaboration. You will be supported by top-notch professors, adjuncts, visitors, as well as practicing lawyers and judges who engage in teaching and other service to the law school.

The three-year curriculum offers courses that range from the bedrock foundation of the Socratic method, to legal aid clinics where you will represent real clients in real Maine courts. 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. Maine Law also offers a growing Externship Program, where students are placed in law firms, companies and organizations, working alongside seasoned attorneys for academic credit.

The core J.D. program is complemented by our Joint/Dual Degree offerings and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) program.

The LL.M. program is primarily intended for foreign students and practitioners who have earned a law degree outside the United States. Through a rigorous program of study, foreign students and practitioners learn about many aspects of the U.S. legal system. Participants design a curriculum suited to their individual needs and interests, and choose from advanced courses in specialized areas of law.