John Fogarty '19Background

Class of 2019

Hometown: Ocean City, New Jersey

Undergrad: Villanova University (History)

Graduate: Long Island University-Brooklyn (M.S., Health and Exercise Science)

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

After undergrad, I received my M.S. in Health and Exercise Science at Long Island University-Brooklyn. After graduation, I worked at AtlantiCare Regional Health System in Southern New Jersey for two years.

Maine Law

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

I chose to attend Maine Law because I appreciated the sense of community at the school. Carrie Wilshusen ’07 and Heidi Gage in the Admissions Office made me feel like a part of the Maine Law community even before I made the decision to attend. They made it apparent that Maine Law was the place for me because of the quality of instruction from the professors and how much support I would have from the faculty, staff, and student body.

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

The Academic Success Program has been crucial in my transition into life as a law student. The Student Services Office has put together a program that provides 1L’s with all the support they could ever need. I cannot thank the teaching fellows, teaching assistants, and tutors enough for taking time out their busy lives to help make our year as 1L’s more manageable and enjoyable.

How would you describe your experience at Maine Law?

Law school is inevitably very stressful. You are thrown into a classroom full of bright minds and are expected to comprehend and discuss very complicated legal, historical, and social issues. At times, law school has been intimidating. Questions from incredibly intelligent professors are never easy. However, Maine Law has turned an overwhelming experience into one of the most rewarding of my life. The professors were able to empower me and my classmates to realize that we had the tools to be successful in tough and complex legal situations. Overcoming obstacles in my 1L year has given me a lot of confidence, and I have Maine Law specifically to thank for that.

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

I am not sure what type of law I want to practice when I graduate. This summer I will be working with The Sheetmetal Workers’ Union Local 19 in Philadelphia doing union-side labor law. This is an area of law that I have always been interested in and this summer will be a great experience. The Career Services Office at the Law School does a great job of notifying the student body of job opportunities throughout the country. Rachel Reeves ’01 informed me about the Peggy Browning Fund, a national organization that places law students in jobs within the labor law field. If it weren’t for the relentless work of the Career Services Office I may not have had this opportunity.

Activities

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

This year I served as a 1L Student Representative for the Student Bar Association (SBA). I recently joined the Admissions Office as an Admissions Fellow, and I am also part of Maine Law Basketball and Maine Law Soccer. My work with the SBA has allowed me to be involved with the student body and figure out how we can make the school even better. As I mentioned before, the Admissions Office was a major reason I decided to come to Maine Law, so when I heard there was an opportunity to join them as a fellow I was eager to apply. Working with the Admissions Office allows me to be an advocate for the school and give insight on what it means to be a student here.

Portland

What do you like best about Portland?

Portland gives you all of the benefits of a big city – great food, entertainment, shopping, employment opportunities – but without the unwanted congestion. After having lived in NYC for over a year I appreciate Portland’s small town feel complimented by its big city benefits.

Advice

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

The student community here is close-knit. We are a small school so the administration, faculty, and student body know your name and are  invested in your success. The classes ahead of you will make sure you are adjusting well to law school life and offer to help. There have been many times I have been at the Law School late at night struggling with a tough concept and a 2L or 3L has offered to help. This is the type of student community we have at Maine Law.