Maine Law has one of the oldest live-client clinical programs in the nation. Established in 1970, the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic houses four distinct clinical courses and is a defining program at the Law School. The mission is two-fold. Law students receive intensive, hands-on experience as they represent real clients in real cases, and 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.