- Business Law Association
- Environmental Law Society
- Federalist Society
- Health Law Association
- International Law Society
- Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Law Caucus
- Maine Association for Construction & Real Estate Law
- Maine Association for Law & Innovation
- Maine Association for Public Interest Law
- Maine Law Basketball Association
- Maine Law Students for Reproductive Justice
- National Lawyers Guild
- Phi Alpha Delta
- Sports and Entertainment Law Society
- Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Women's Law Association
- Sample Organization Bylaws
Please note: These groups are driven by student participation. Depending upon student interest, some organizations are currently inactive. The groups may be brought back to active status by vote of the SBA.
Business Law Association
The Business Law Association of the University of Maine School of Law aims to provide a forum for law students interested in business and corporate law, information concerning business law courses, programs, and future careers in the field, and promote an understanding of current legal and corporate issues. To meet this mission, the objectives of the BLA shall be to (1) enhance the law student experience by creating a forum which allows students to explore issues related to business and corporate law as practiced in a variety of settings; (2) promote various educational and networking opportunities for students with interest in the various fields of business law; and (3) facilitate knowledge of and participation in a business curriculum.
Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Society seeks to increase awareness and promote the protection of the environment through the University of Maine System, the general public and local, state and national government. ELS works to achieve its goals through education, advocacy and legal action. ELS strives to put the skills and education of the law profession to constructive and meaningful use in the policy debate surrounding environmental issues. ELS activities represent the collective values and ideals of its participating membership.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
Health Law Association
This organization will provide speakers and activities in the area of health law, including such topics as medical-legal ethics, health care management, and the interrelationships of the legal system with the provision of medical services.
International Law Society
The ILS is an academic and social group interested in public international law (the law between nations and international organizations), law internationally (laws within different nations), and international affairs. On-campus events normally revolve around a guest speaker on an international law topic, but ILS also helps students learn about study abroad programs, assists newly arrived foreign law students, and sponsors needy children overseas.
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Law Caucus
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Law Caucus serves as an educational, political, and social group for the LGBT community at the University of Maine School of Law. The Law Caucus serves as a support system for the LGBT community and is dedicated to the inclusion of all people who are interested in furthering the goals of our community. We are committed to sponsoring an array of events to increase awareness of both the issues that impact LGBT people and the unique legal concerns of the LGBT community.
Maine Association for Construction & Real Estate Law
The Construction and Real Estate Law Association (CRELA) is an organization of Maine Law students interested in construction, real estate, land use, affordable housing and other fields of law commensurate with development and real estate investment. CRELA seeks to foster connections between students and professionals, provide networking opportunities, and encourage student engagement in related industries through scholarship, activism, and volunteerism.
Maine Association for Law & Innovation
This association brings together Maine Law students interested in intellectual property and emerging technologies. The Maine Association for Law & Innovation (MALI) has two main goals: first, to promote an understanding of and interest in intellectual property law and issues in emerging technologies; second, to facilitate interaction and networking between its members and professionals researching and practicing in these fields. MALI arranges on-campus presentations and identifies opportunities for members to attend related functions.
Maine Association for Public Interest Law
The Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) is a group affiliated with the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL). The organization has three goals. The first is to encourage students to engage in one of many diverse volunteer legal opportunities during the school year and summer. The second goal is to encourage students to pursue careers in the public arena by demonstrating that public interest work is a viable and desirable alternative to working in the private sector. Third, MAPIL promotes the ethic of pro bono work. MAPIL's annual activities include a trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Public Interest Law Fair, the Pledge Drive, and the Public Interest Auction. Money raised by MAPIL is awarded to students who engage in public interest work during the summer months.
Maine Law Basketball Association
The Maine Law Basketball Association was established in 2009, and has quickly become one of the largest and most active student groups at Maine Law.
While the group's membership cuts across all classes, genders and skill levels, there is one unifying attribute of its members: an emphasis on fun and comity. We are dedicated to helping students achieve a life/work balance while at school; fostering networking; and honing teamworking skills. We regularly play at the Sullivan Gym on the USM campus, but also often play outdoors when weather permits.
Please consider joining us during your tenure at Maine Law. We have jerseys!
Maine Law Students for Reproductive Justice seeks to educate, organize and support Maine Law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. As part of this purpose, MLSRJ hosts events for the student body such as forums, speakers, films, and panel discussions. MLSRJ is a chapter of the national-organization, Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Multicultural Association at Maine Law
The Multicultural Assocation at Maine Law seeks to promote diversity within the legal profession in Maine. The goals of MAML include: Promotion of diversity and cultural awareness within the legal profession in Maine; Provide both community and academic support for the diverse population at Maine Law; Provide networking opportunities for students with alumni, local law firms, and other members of the legal profession.
The National Lawyers Guild is an organization of attorneys, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers dedicated to progressive causes. The student group works closely with the local chapter on issues of mutual interest. Most recently, this has included legislative and educational activities addressing hate-violence, reproductive rights, capital punishment, diversity, and legal needs of the poor, among others. On the national level, the NLG is working on developing a job bank for progressively minded employers and attorneys, in addition to its work on a wide variety of national and international political causes.
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is a professional legal fraternity dedicated to the ideals of community service, its goal is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the bench and bar.
Maine Association for Sports and Entertainment Law
Founded in 1995, this organization seeks to present programs and provide information about the field of sports and entertainment.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
The purpose of this organization is to inform the law school community about current legal issues in animal rights and animal welfare law; host speakers and conferences; carry out search projects for lawyers and organizations involved in animal welfare/rights litigation; and conduct educational events.
Women's Law Association
The Women's Law Association has developed in response to the increased awareness of the impact of the law on women and the impact of the growing number of women attorneys on the law. Through its educational activities, the WLA encourages the development of a network among women at the law school, women practitioners in all branches of the legal field, women in the judiciary, and organizations in the state that are concerned with issues affecting women.