The concept of “community” resonates powerfully at the University of Maine School of Law, both in terms of the relationships that are built here, and in the way we engage with our city, our state, and the world beyond.
Community of Scholars
Maine Law is a small law school. One of the smallest in the nation, in fact. This fosters a close-knit environment that is embraced by students, alumni, and faculty. While there is plenty of healthy competition, students at Maine Law support one another and collaborate on a daily basis.
Civic engagement and public service have been at the core of a Maine Law education since Dean Godfrey and his colleagues first opened the doors in 1962. We believe it is our duty to give back to our communities and to help keep the doors of justice open for all.
Our students are encouraged to make a positive impact from the first semester all the way through commencement. For example, every year student attorneys in the Law School’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic learn essential lawyering skills while providing free legal and litigation services to more than 600 Mainers across the state.
This commitment to service carries over into career paths, both in the private and public sectors. The Maine Bar, which is heavily populated with our graduates, contributes a significantly higher number of pro bono hours annually, when compared against lawyers from other states. Our alumni include numerous past and present leaders within the state Legislature, the current Governor Janet Mills ’76, attorneys general, past U.S. Attorneys for the District of Maine, and many judges of the Maine District, Superior and Supreme Judicial Courts.