The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, established in 1970, provides free legal aid to low-income individuals and families in Maine. One of the oldest clinics of its kind in the nation, the Clinic represents a defining program of Maine Law, providing practical skills training for students and helping fulfill the school’s long-standing commitment to social justice. The Clinic’s mission is two-fold. Law students receive intensive, hands-on experience as they represent real clients, and the community benefits from increased access to justice for all, regardless of wealth or status.
The centers at Maine Law – the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law, the Center for Law + Innovation, and the Center for Youth Policy and Law– help to drive research and public policy development in Maine and beyond. Scholars from around the world are engaged in a number of projects through the centers, in areas of law ranging from maritime security to data privacy.