Bill Wahrer

Background

Class of 2018

Hometown: Scarborough, Maine

Undergrad: College of the Holy Cross

Major: Double Major in Political Science and Psychology

What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?

I worked and lived at Dismas House of Massachusetts for one year. (Dismas House is a nonprofit transitional housing and services organization for former prisoners.) Outside of grant writing and community outreach, I served as a live-in house manager for eleven residents at one of Dismas House’s three locations in Worcester.

Maine Law

Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?

I grew up in Maine and I knew I wanted to come back to Maine, so Maine Law was always my top choice for law school. My brother and sister-in-law also both attended and met at Maine Law. They both told me how much they loved the Law School and how well it prepared them as attorneys.

What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law student?

The professors. Every professor I have had at Maine Law is always working to improve their teaching method in whatever way they can to make sure students are learning as much as they can from their classes.

As a 3L, how would you describe your experience at Maine Law?

It has been informative and rewarding. Everyone comes into law school with preconceived notions about what law school and practicing the law are like generally. Maine Law really gives students a chance not only to learn about the law, but to also gain insight into what life as a practicing attorney will be like through various externship opportunities and great clinical programs. It has also been rewarding because the Law School places a large emphasis on giving back, whether it be helping out fellow students or people in the greater Portland community.

What is one thing that has surprised you about Maine Law?

Even though I was somewhat aware of the Maine legal community before going to Maine Law, I am still surprised by how strong the bond is with alumni to Maine Law. Every alum I have had the opportunity to meet with has had a memory to share about the Law School.  Attending Maine Law has also facilitated numerous networking opportunities given the small size of the Maine bar and the fact that Maine Law is the only law school in the state.

What are you looking to do after graduation, and how has Maine Law helped to facilitate that goal?

I recently accepted a federal clerkship position, which is something I knew I wanted to do after law school. Maine Law helped me with throughout the entire process. The Clerkship Committee did a great job explaining the application process and helping me prepare for interviews. The Committee also hosted presentations highlighting what a clerkship entails and was a great resource for questions I had while applying to positions.

Activities

Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?

I am currently the Head Teaching Fellow for the Academic Success Program and the Executive Editor for the Maine Law Review.

Portland

Portland has a reputation for its vast array of food options. Do you have any favorite restaurants or grocery stores?

There are so many good places to eat it’s hard to name only a few. Any of “the Rooms” restaurants like the Corner Room and the Grill Room are ones I go to a lot. Bayside American Cafe has an amazing brunch.

What are some things that have surprised you about Portland?

I grew up in the Portland area but I am still surprised with how quickly new things keep popping up. Whether it is a new restaurant or Bayside Bowl adding a rooftop bar, Portland is always adding stuff to do.

Advice

If you could tell a prospective student one thing about Maine Law, what would it be?

If you come to Maine Law the faculty and staff will be truly invested in seeing you succeed and will help you in any way that they can.