Admissions FAQ

Admissions Criteria





Admissions Criteria

What are Maine Law's admission requirements?

Maine Law seeks an intellectually able and diverse student body that will make for a rigorous educational experience and result in thoughtful, dedicated Law School graduates. The admissions process is competitive. The applicant's undergraduate performance, as evidenced by success in a challenging course of study, good performance on the LSAT, Personal Statement and personal recommendations, is the primary determinant of admission.

The Admissions Committee considers each applicant upon an individual basis. Since many applicants have similar grades and LSAT scores, personal background, professional experience and achievement, academic background (college major and course selection, trend of undergraduate grades, etc.), writing ability (as demonstrated by the quality of the Personal Statement and LSAT Writing Sample(s)), and letters of recommendation distinguish an applicant.

How is graduate work evaluated in the admissions process?

Graduate work can be an important factor in the admissions process. In some cases, it may be viewed as a more significant predictor of success than undergraduate work, especially when the applicant has been out of undergraduate school for several years. Note: the undergraduate GPA is always considered as part of the review process as the ABA requires law schools to report only students' undergraduate GPA's.

What can I do to improve my chances for admission?

If you feel there is something important for the Admissions Committee to know about you, it should be detailed in your own words in your admission file. It is your responsibility to articulate your interests and background in your file.

Are my LSAT and/or GPA competitive with your pool of applicants?

The Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools, available at or at many bookstores, is an excellent source of information. You may also use the Student Body Profile as guidance.

If I call or email the Admissions Office and give my undergraduate GPA and LSAT score, can I get a picture of the chances of my being offered admission?

No. In addition to the undergraduate GPA and LSAT score, a number of other criteria are taken into account when reviewing an application. Factors considered by the Admissions Committee are described in the How to Apply section of our web site.

What does the Admissions Committee look at when reviewing undergraduate academic records?

The Admissions Committee reviews your transcript in its entirety. The GPA is looked at along with the courses taken and any grade trends (rising, falling, or erratic undergraduate record.) If there are circumstances that negatively impacted your GPA (i.e., illness, work schedule, change of major, etc.) please feel free to attach an addendum to your application or to include this information in your personal statement.


If I am admitted to this year, but cannot attend for some reason, can I defer my admission to next year's entering class?

You may request, in writing, a deferral for one year. However, we can give no assurance that your request will be granted. Each request will be considered on its own merits. Extensions of more than one year are rarely granted. All deferral requests must be received by July 1 at the latest.


How does an applicant determine his or her status as a resident or non-resident?

Generally, an applicant must reside and work in the state of Maine for a period of one year prior to acceptance as a student. For more information, see the University of Maine System's Residency Guidelines.

How does an applicant qualify for the NEBHE tuition status?

In cooperation with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the University offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study at reduced rates of tuition to qualified candidates from the New England states wherein a comparable publicly funded institution is not available. Currently individuals who are determined to be residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont may qualify for this tuition rate. Questions about the Law School's participation in the NEBHE program should be addressed to the Admissions Office.


Will you accept scores from the February LSAT?

For the regular admissions process, we will accept scores from the February LSAT provided all other application materials are submitted by the March 1 deadline. We encourage applicants, however, to take the LSAT in June, October, or December. For our Early Action Program, applicants must take the October (or earlier) LSAT so that their applications are complete by December 1. Maine Law will take your highest LSAT score.

I received a "low" LSAT score. Should I retake it?

This is a decision that each candidate has to make for him or herself. However, if your score was significantly different from your practice tests (and you are confident that you were accurately timing yourself), and if you can identify something in particular that might have negatively affected your score the first time (you were sick, there was an unavoidable mishap or other extenuating circumstance) you should seriously consider retaking the LSAT.

I have a learning disability. Should I apply for accommodation on the LSAT?

If you think you may be entitled to accommodation on the LSAT, you should apply to the LSAC; forms, along with a detailed FAQ on the subject of accommodated testing, are available on their web site. If you are granted test accommodations, please be assured that Maine Law treats all LSAT scores, whether accommodated or not, in the same way—as one element amongst several in making a decision.

If you apply for accommodation, but the LSAC does not grant it, we encourage you to provide us with any information that will allow us to more accurately gauge your score. For example, if you received accommodation at your undergraduate institution, or if you have a history of receiving low scores on standardized test and outperforming those indicators, let us know.

I took the LSAT a few years ago. Do I need to retake it to apply to Maine Law?

Applicants can take the LSAT at any time as long as it is within five years of the intended matriculating semester. For example, if the applicant intends to enroll for the Fall 2014 semester, the LSAT score must be no older than August 2009.


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The provisions of the Admissions portion of this web site are informational in character and ares neither a contract nor an offer of contract between the applicant or student and the School of Law. Fees, deadlines, academic requirements, courses, degree programs, and other matters described in these pages may change without notice. Not all courses are offered each academic year and faculty assignments may change.