The University of Maine School of Law is one of the most affordable law schools, for both tuition and cost of living, in the country. Tuition rates for J.D. students vary according to the student’s residency and are determined at the time of acceptance.

Maine Resident $23,190
New England Regional Program & Canadian Citizens* $31,650
Non-Maine Resident $34,680
LL.M. Student $35,000


*A number of New England residents, from states that do not have a state law school, are granted New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) rates. Canadian citizens are granted a tuition rate similar to the NEBHE rate.

Tuition Charges Per Credit Hour

For students registered for fewer than 12 credits:

Maine Resident $773
New England Regional Program & Canadian Citizens $1,055
Non-Maine Resident $1,156
LL.M. Student $1,459

New England Regional Program (NEBHE) Tuition Rates

Each year, by virtue of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Compact, a limited number of students from Rhode Island and Vermont are eligible to pay a special tuition rate equal to the in-state tuition rate plus 50%. Unless the NEBHE Compact changes and/or the University policy changes, a student who enters the Law School eligible for NEBHE rates will remain eligible for this consideration during the full three years he or she is enrolled.

All current members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces are eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of residency status. If you are a veteran or currently serving in the Armed Forces, please include a DD 2-14 and a Certificate of Eligibility with your application. If you are currently serving in the Armed Forces, you must also provide a copy of your military ID.
It is estimated that a single student will spend approximately $17,660 during the nine month academic year on fees, books, housing, travel, and other living expenses.

Application For Admission:

The University of Maine School of Law has waived its application fee for J.D. applicants.

Mandatory Fees:

Comprehensive Fee:

$950 per semester

This fee is charged each semester and covers fixed costs of providing educational and student services not already supported by tuition.

Transition and Orientation Fee:

$375 per semester – a mandatory fee for LL.M. students only.

Health Insurance

Visit the University of Southern Maine’s website to learn about Voluntary Student Health Insurance Options.


The Chancellor recommends tuition, fees, and room and board rates for approval by the Board of Trustees each year, and they become effective after the summer term. The Board may alter these rates at its discretion.