The University of Maine School of Law’s three-year J.D. curriculum is intensive and challenging. It is designed to give students a solid foundation in legal analysis and practical lawyering skills that will serve them well in any pursuit. Students work closely with faculty, staff, and mentors to craft a legal education that is uniquely suited to their individual interests and goals.
Maine Law offers a wide variety of courses, as well as other opportunities for academic credit including fellowships, internships, and externships. Small class sizes foster a collaborative environment and encourage interaction between professors and students.
As part of the University of Maine School of Law’s commitment to providing students with a rigorous curriculum, the Law School faculty established the following learning outcomes, with the expectation that every student will have attained competence in each area by the time of graduation.
- Substantive and Procedural Law. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the conceptual frameworks, procedural rules, and key areas of substantive law.
- Communication. Demonstrate the ability to engage in effective written and oral communication in the legal context.
- Legal Analysis, Research, and Problem-Solving. Demonstrate competency in legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, and problem-solving.
- Lawyering Skills. Demonstrate competency in the lawyering skills needed to work effectively on behalf of clients in different practice settings.
- Ethics and Professional Identity. Cultivate the development of a professional identity and demonstrate the ability to exercise appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities to clients, the legal system, and the community at large.
- Inclusion and Justice. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of cross-cultural competency, the impact of bias and racism in the law, and the responsibility of lawyers to improve access to justice for all members of society.