Isaac McMahan '18Background

Class of 2018

Hometown: Sevierville, Tennessee

Undergrad: Carson-Newman University

Major: Education

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

I served in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. My service involved working with inner city youth to advance their educational opportunities. I also worked with non-profits in the community.

Maine Law

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

I chose to attend Maine Law because of the small class sizes and the sense of community. I also chose to attend because of the location. Portland is beautiful and there is ALWAYS something to do.

How would you describe your experience at Maine Law?

1L year was one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. I learned more than I ever could have imagined when I walked into the first class. My 1L experience in one word would be: Enlightening. I have not only learned the law, but I have also learned a lot about who I am as a person.

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

I aspire to specialize in Civil Rights and Education Law after graduation. Maine Law is providing me with the educational foundation to reach that goal.

Have you participated in an exchange program through the school?

I attended the Galway study abroad program in Ireland this summer. In this study abroad program I studied human trafficking, humanitarian law, and law of the sea.

Activities

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

I have worked with a state senator on an education bill for the state of Maine. I am involved in the Multicultural Law Society and the Black Law Student’s Association.

How would you describe the student community here?

Everyone hears the “horror stories” of law school and the vicious competition. The student body here is competitive, but in a healthy way. The students are not here to sabotage the successes of others. Students are motivated to better themselves.  We realize the best way to improve is through collaboration.

When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?

I prefer to spend my time outside. I enjoy running the Back Cove and the occasional bike ride. I also love to go to the gym.

Aside from working on my physical health, I like to eat at the restaurants in town. The city of Portland is filled with a wide array of restaurants and they are all fantastic.

Portland

What do you like best about living in Portland?

Portland is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever lived. There never seems to be a dull moment.

What are some things that have surprised you about living in Portland?

Portland is an easy to travel city. I was very surprised about how easy it is to walk from place to place.

Advice

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

I could have gone to another school, but I am thankful that I chose to come here. Maine Law would be my choice even if I could choose all over again.