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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

  1. Substantive and Procedural Law. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the conceptual frameworks, procedural rules, and key areas of substantive law.
  2. Communication. Demonstrate the ability to engage in effective written and oral communication in the legal context.
  3. Legal Analysis, Research, and Problem-Solving. Demonstrate competency in legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, and problem-solving.
  4. Lawyering Skills. Demonstrate competency in the lawyering skills needed to work effectively on behalf of clients in different practice settings.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.