Maine Law has one of the oldest and most established live-client clinical programs in the nation. The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, which was established in 1970 and houses four distinct clinical courses, is a defining program at Maine Law. The mission is two-fold. Law students receive intensive, hands-on experience as they represent real clients in real cases. The community benefits because hundreds of disadvantaged Mainers are afforded legal representation and access to justice.

The centers at Maine Law – the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law, the Center for Law + Innovation, and the Maine Center for Juvenile 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.

Some of the problems our students help solve are as intense and complex as at any law school, from helping immigrants seek political asylum, working on cutting-edge privacy policy, or representing indigent clients before Maine’s highest court.