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.