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 our clinic and externship programs provides students intensive instruction and mentoring by supervisors who are both experienced practitioners and dedicated teachers. Students learn and apply practical skills in litigation, transactional, and alternative dispute resolution settings.
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. CLAC's clinical programs give law students opportunities to provide direct representation to low-income clients. Students are admitted to practice in court as "student attorneys" and are directly responsible for all aspects of their cases. Maine Law offers four separate clinical courses through CLAC: General Practice Clinic, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Prisoner Assistance Clinic, and Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. All students enrolled in these clinics also participate in the Protection from Abuse program.
Maine Law also provides students opportunities to work in a variety of advocacy, policy, regulatory, enforcement and transactional settings around the state through its varied and diverse Externship Program. Established in 1997, the program provides students opportunities to design and pursue their individual goals, work closely under the supervision of practicing attorneys, and gain in-depth legal experience. Placements include government agencies, legal services providers, nonprofit organizations, and judicial chambers.