About Maine Law

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The University of Maine School of Law is a wonderful and distinctive place in which to study law. The state's only law school—public or private—is distinguished by the excellence of its students, faculty, and graduates. Situated in Portland, Maine the Law School is home to 260 individuals with at least one common characteristic: the desire to learn to be an excellent lawyer amongst a strong and supportive community. Students from a variety of backgrounds are educated through the Juris Doctor program, providing the public and private sectors with outstanding members of the legal profession.

Maine Law is, by design, one of the smallest law schools in the country. Our size allows for a rich educational atmosphere and remarkable sense of community. Close student/faculty interaction is fostered.

Students are challenged with a solid core curriculum taught by a first-rate faculty. They take advantage of the Law School's strengths in business and commercial law, environmental and marine law, intellectual property and technology law, international law, clinical programs, and trial advocacy. Students actively participate in the intellectual and social life of the school through scholarly journals, student organizations, trial and moot court competitions, and in the community at large through public service initiatives.

We take seriously our responsibility as a public institution. Students help to advance the economic and social well being of Maine through our extensive clinical programs, externships, and summer public interest fellowships. Hence, each Maine Law graduate brings a sense of public service into his/her career.

Maine Law is committed to:

  • educational and scholarly excellence;
  • justice and the public interest;
  • maintaining a strong core curriculum for students;
  • fostering a supportive, inclusive, and respectful academic community;
  • professionalism, integrity, and high ethical standards; and
  • serving as a resource for the entire state and the region.

We offer students the opportunity to study law in a humane and personalized environment, and to be prepared for success in today's global economy. Graduates excel in a wide variety of careers in both the private and public sectors; in the U.S. and abroad. The University of Maine School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.