Maine Law ranked #2 in nation for older students

October 23, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – The University of Maine School of Law is ranked #2 in the nation this year for law schools most chosen by older students, according to The Princeton Review.

The ranking was published in the 2014 edition of The Best 169 Law Schools. The Princeton Review based its findings on surveys of more than 18,000 students nationwide, plus data provided by the schools. The top ranked law school for older students was the University of the District of Columbia.

Maine Law has consistently earned high marks as a welcoming school for older students. In earlier publications from The Princeton Review, Maine Law ranked #4 in that category in 2010, #1 in 2007, and #3 in 2005.

The average age of first-year students at Maine Law was 27 this year, 28 in 2012, and 27 in 2011. Nationally, the average age of incoming law students has hovered around 25 in recent years, according to statistics from the American Bar Association.

“We are fortunate to have a diverse community of students, including diversity of age, experience and background,” said Peter Pitegoff, Dean at Maine Law.

“Many of our students have had successful careers before they decide to attend law school. Many of them are parents. They bring valued voices and perspectives and a certain maturity to our institutional culture,” Pitegoff said. “It is a tradition here – that vibrant mix of people at different phases in their lives.”


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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