Colton Gross '17Background

Class of 2017

Hometown: Hermon, Maine

Undergrad: Western New England University

Majors/Minors: Business Management/Economics

Maine Law

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

I am from central Maine, and I want to practice in Maine. Maine Law has always been a part of my plan.

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

I have developed an expansive network of support not only through the Law School but also through family and members of the local community.

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

I am extremely busy! Maine Law has surpassed all of my expectations. I have known for a very long time that I wanted to attend Maine Law to return to the state I grew up in. It wasn’t until I had completed my first semester that I realized how special this community is.

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

I was surprised about how extensive Maine Law’s alumni network is! My work as the Advancement Fellow for the Law School truly opened my eyes to not only the size of the alumni network, but also how far-reaching it is.

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

I want to work in Government Affairs or Civil Litigation. My idea of the “ideal career” has changed several times during my tenure here. I was fortunate enough to work for a distinguished Maine Law alumnus for the past two-years. This sparked my interest in lobbying and litigation with a focus on insurance related matters.

Activities

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

I am involved with Maine Law Basketball. I am also a Student Ambassador for Admissions and an Advancement Fellow.

Portland

What do you like best about Portland?

I like the charming feel of a “little” big town and all of the other benefits that come with living anywhere in Maine.

What are some things that have surprised you about Portland?

There has been a lot of recent growth in the young professional cohort that is present here.

Advice

For someone who is considering attending Maine Law, how would you describe the student community here?

Words cannot describe the warmth of this community, it is something that must be experienced first-hand.

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

Get involved early! Law school can be extremely overwhelming yet rewarding at the same time – it is all about balance. As a Student Ambassador, I give all prospective law students the same bit of advice: do your best and do not allow law school to get in the way of your life.