Programs & Centers
We take our responsibility as a public institution very seriously. Our students benefit the public through service to low-income clients in the Law School's Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, through summer public interest fellowships with legal service agencies and government offices, and through individual volunteer projects. Our graduates bring a sense of public service into their careers, whether they pursue them in the private or public sectors. Our alumni include the President of the Maine Senate, the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, many of Maine's former Governors and Attorneys General, a current United States Attorney, and Chief Justices of the Maine Superior and Supreme Judicial Courts.
The faculty of the University of Maine School of Law has enacted a voluntary pro bono legal service standard, under which every student is encouraged to provide a minimum of 80 hours of pro bono legal service prior to the time of graduation. "Pro bono legal service" is defined as work involving the provision of legal services that is performed without either financial compensation or academic credit.
Examples include work for legal services providers, individual lawyers providing pro bono services, low income organizations, civil rights organizations, environmental organizations, consumer organizations, and governmental organizations providing service to individual members of the public who are disadvantaged.
The Career Services Office provides information to students about the range of pro bono opportunities available to students and provides a mechanism for students to report their pro bono hours. Students who meet the voluntary standard of 80 hours of public service will receive special recognition at graduation.