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Scholarships and Grants for Students
Maine Law provides over $400k/annually to students for scholarships fellowships and tuition waivers. A substantial portion of the scholarship awards are from gifts to the Annual Fund and from endowments. Still, only 20% of the students receive financial assistance through Law School scholarships or grants. In order for Maine Law to gain a competitive edge, attract the best and brightest students, and develop a diverse student population, we must financially support Maine Law.
Career Placement Support for Students
Support of Public Fellowships and other career placement support for students such as internships and externships.
Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
Established in 1970, the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic (CLAC) is one of the nation's oldest continuously-operating law school clinical programs. The programs offered through CLAC provide third-year law students the opportunity to provide direct representation to low-income clients in need of legal assistance. The Clinic's mission is two-fold: educating law students through an intense, high-quality clinical experience and mentoring experience while providing pro bono legal services to indigent Maine citizens.
General Practice Clinic
In the General Practice Clinic, a six-credit course, students represent low-income clients in a broad range of cases, including criminal, divorce, probate, child support and custody matters, and administrative matters.
Juvenile Justice Clinic
In the Juvenile Justice Clinic provides students the opportunity to address the needs of troubled children in a number of diverse settings. Students represent juveniles in delinquency proceedings, and partner with numerous local agencies to assist our clients in meeting educational, mental health and housing needs.
Prisoner Assistance Clinic
Students in the Prisoner Assistance Clinic assist prisoners in the State correctional system on civil matters. Because of its large client base, and the varied legal problems faced by incarcerated individuals, the Prisoner Assistance Clinic provides student attorneys with a diverse and ever-changing legal practice and with a group of very appreciative clients.
Domestic Violence Program
All Student Attorneys enrolled in the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic courses also participate in the Domestic Violence Program. CLAC students represent victims of domestic violence in protection from abuse proceedings in Lewiston District Court.
Summer Intern Program
Each summer the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic hires four to five students who have completed their second year of law school to work as full-time interns.
Center for Oceans and Coastal Law
The Center for Oceans and Coastal Law is the research and public service component of the Ocean and Coastal Law Program and is the only law school-affiliated marine policy research program in the Northeast. COCL has dedicated its program of legal and policy research to the analysis of ocean and coastal resource issues for the express purpose of improving management practices and public understanding.
How Can I Give?
These gifts enable the Law School to direct financial support where it is most needed. Unrestricted funds contribute to special programs such as Loan Repayment, Public Interest Fellowships,and student scholarships.
Donors direct their gifts to funds or purposes that hold personal meaning for them. Please contact the Office of Advancement & External Affairs for a list of restricted funds.
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You can ensure a permanent legacy at Maine Law by making the University of Maine School of Law Foundation a beneficiary of your estate. Please contact the Office of Advancement & External Affairs for additional information.