Admissions Fellow

Jimmy PucketteBackground

Class of 2021

Hometown: Villanova, PA

Undergrad: Northeastern University

Majors/Minors: Criminal Justice/Law and Public Policy

What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?

Believe it or not, I was actually a sailing coach! I taught 5 and 6 year olds how to sail and also coached some race teams.

Maine Law

Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?

When I was doing my undergrad in Boston, I would frequently visit some family that lived in Maine. I absolutely fell in love with the culture up here, and I knew I wanted to make it my home. When I came to visit Maine Law during my junior year of college, I was pleasantly surprised by how welcomed I felt. I knew after that visit that it was a perfect match.

What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law student?

Asking for help! Law school isn’t easy. But sometimes it just takes some good advice to gain some perspective or to help you to get back on track.

How would you describe your experience at Maine Law?

There is something really incredible about being surrounded by classmates and faculty that want nothing more than for you to succeed. It really is a “we’re all in this together” mentality.

What is one thing that has surprised you about Maine Law?

How involved the faculty is. I feel as if every law school preaches about open door policies and “if you need anything don’t hesitate to ask.” But at Maine Law, the professors and staff members are really there to help you during your law school journey. I think it comes down to the fact that they care whether you succeed or not.

Activities

Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?

Yes, I am one of the Admissions Fellows at Maine Law! I get to help the wonderful Admissions team put together events like Orientation and Admitted Students’ Day. The best part is I get to show prospective students what it is like to be a student here and help them to see if it is the right fit for them.

When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?

I have a golden retriever named Peach and so when I’m not at school I try to spend my time outside with her. Whether that is through camping, hiking, backpacking, ski trips, or canoe trips depends on the time of year.

Portland

What do you like best about Portland?

Boston was a tad overwhelming, and a little too busy for me. When I was first introduced to Portland, I was amazed at how it still had the fun city feel with an incredible restaurant scene, but with way less of the hustle and stress that comes with bigger cities.

Portland has a reputation for its vast array of food options. Do you have any favorite restaurants or grocery stores?

Timber and The Grill Room are both great steak places. The Porthole and Flatbread Company are fun places where you can bring your dog in the summertime. You really can’t go wrong with picking a restaurant in Portland.

Advice

For someone who is considering attending Maine Law, how would you describe the student community here?

A family. Because we are a small school, we look out for each other. There is none of the competitiveness that you find at other law schools.

If you could tell a prospective student one thing about Maine Law, what would it be?

Maine Law is a really unique place. We are a small school, and the only law school in Maine. Because of that, you get to know your fellow classmates and your professors to a better degree than you would at other law schools. You get to feel involved in the Maine legal community and get to have your voice heard. The friends you make here will be your close colleagues once you enter the workforce and there is something really cool about that! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the Admissions Office!