Welcome from the Dean


Welcome to the University of Maine School of Law website and to our online community. I invite you to explore our site and discover what makes Maine Law such a special and distinctive place.

This is an exciting time at the University of Maine School of Law – a vibrant institution for teaching, research and public service. By design, Maine Law is one of the smallest law schools in the country. Our size fosters a supportive and close-knit environment embraced by students, faculty, staff, and alumni and gives us the flexibility to adapt to a changing legal profession. From day one, we work with students personally to custom-design their law school experience and career planning.

Today’s job market demands that law school graduates have the practical skills they need to hit the ground running. Maine Law emphasizes hands-on learning through internships, externships for credit, and fellowships in a wide range of practice and policy areas. Students value our clinical programs, which include General Practice, Juvenile Justice, Prisoner Assistance, Domestic Violence, and Refugee and Human Rights. Our faculty members apply a wide array of expertise to in-depth scholarship and to student-centered teaching. Maine Law, as the only law school in Maine, plays a pivotal role in public policy, economic development, and social justice and provides students with tremendous access to public and private sector leaders.

The success of our graduates reflects the quality of education at Maine Law. Some have built careers here in Maine, while others work around the nation and the world. They are judges, elected officials, advocates, CEOs, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and lawyers in a wide range of practice. They include former governors and attorneys general of Maine and several justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, including the current Chief Justice.

Portland, Maine, is a vibrant city on the coast of Maine and an ideal place to live and to study law. For outdoor enthusiasts, Maine is a four-season destination presenting endless adventures. And for the urban experience, Portland has the offerings of a much larger city. Just minutes from the law school are amazing restaurants, galleries, microbreweries, museums, theaters, and professional basketball, baseball and hockey. The city is home to a growing multicultural population, with more than 60 languages spoken by students in the Portland Public School District.

Maine Law is a special school in a special place. I urge you to visit us here in Portland. Explore the city. Attend some classes. Talk with our students. You will find that the University of Maine School of Law offers a robust intellectual community and a high quality education in a supportive atmosphere. Join us at Maine Law!

Peter Pitegoff
Dean & Professor