Michael Miller '18Background

Class of 2018

Hometown: Westbook, Maine

Undergrad: Grantham University

Major: Criminal Justice

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

I held the rank of Staff Sergeant and graduated from some of the military’s most mentally and physically challenging schools, such as, Ranger, Airborne, Pathfinder and Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course. I also completed many other promotion required leadership schools and training over a 12 year period.

Maine Law

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

I grew up in Maine and attended Westbrook High School. My roots are here and I always knew I would want to come back and have a career here. After weeks of researching different law schools in the Northeast, Maine Law was the obvious choice because of the strong networking opportunities available to students with their alumni.

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

The discipline the military taught me has been the most helpful. The military helped me to discover what I was capable of mentally and physically, under the most profound conditions. This knowledge about myself has helped get me through countless hours of reading, note taking, and preparing for class. Turns out, this is not that much different than preparing for a briefing in the military.

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

I have been surprised to learn that the professors actually care about the successes of their students. I imagined that law school would be similar to undergrad where we were all but a serial number on the factory line, getting a stamp of approval before being shipped off into the world. To my surprise, the faculty and staff have been nothing short of amazing. They have proven to care about each and every student. For example, I remember the Dean of Admissions welcoming me to Admitted Students Day seven months after meeting me for five minutes. She remembered my name and our brief meeting from several months before. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that the educators in your school truly care about the education you are receiving.

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

I am going to take the bar exam and become a prosecutor. Maine Law has helped me work towards this goal from day one. They set up a meet and greet with the District Attorney’s Office, helped me revamp my resume, arranged an interview, and ultimately helped me to secure an internship with Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.

Activities

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

I have been involved with Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL), because public interest law is where I know I want to spend my legal career. Additionally, I played for the Maine Law Soccer Team, helped with Maine Law Running, and will be on the Maine Law Softball Team this year.

Portland

What do you like best about Portland?

The heritage: I love the forts on the islands, the ocean, and cobblestone streets. Simply put, Portland gives me a sense of history and makes me feel like I am a part of it.

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?

I love walking around and enjoying the nightlife on a warm evening. There is always something fun going on downtown. Music, art walks, bars, sporting events, beer and wine tastings, boat rides, you name it and it’s probably happening at some point this week.

Advice

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

Don’t worry about a thing. There are so many people in similar situations who can help you handle any situation you may find yourself. We look out for each other.