Karl Fischer '20Background

Class of 2020

Hometown: Portland, Maine

Undergrad: Bates College

Major/Minor: History/German

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

After graduating from Bates in 2014, I moved to Boston to work for three years as a paralegal at an immigration law firm. While in Boston, I volunteered as a teaching assistant at an organization that taught English language and helped immigrants transition to life in the U.S. I also studied German language at the Goethe Institute in Boston and Freiburg, Germany. Leading up to law school, I spent a month traveling through Europe and hiking around New England.

Maine Law

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

As a Portland native, I have always known about the Law School, in part because my mom, Cornelia Fuchs, graduated in the class of 1990. I learned, not just from my mom, but also from others in the community, that the University of Maine School of Law is a great institution and a great community that serves the State of Maine. When I was accepted, I was excited to move back home to continue my education.

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

The Academic Success Program offered through the Student Services Office has been hugely beneficial. The teaching fellows are awesome, and their instruction and guidance have been crucial in figuring out the best way to learn the material.

As a 1L, how would you describe your experience at Maine Law?

Although there is a lot of work, law school has been enjoyable. I think a large part of that has to do with the professors and my classmates. All of my classes are very engaging, and the professors challenge us to think differently and to exchange ideas. I also really enjoy the lunchtime lectures that are hosted by the many student groups or sponsored by the departments at the Law School. The lectures are really informative and they are an interesting way to learn about various practice areas. The Maine Law community as a whole is fantastic – I really enjoy being a part of it.

What are you hoping to do after graduation, and how is Maine Law helping you to facilitate that goal?

At this point, I am not sure what type of law I want to practice, but I would really like to utilize my German language skills. I will be working this summer as an intern in the legal department at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, ME. I am really excited about this opportunity because it will expose me to areas of the law that I am really interested in learning more about. I was made aware of this internship program though the Career Services Office. Rachel, Derek, and Jen in the Career Services Office are all incredibly helpful, and they do a great job promoting the many opportunities that are available to students.

Activities

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

I recently joined the Student Services Office as a Fellow, and I am a member of the International Law Society. I also attend a German group in Portland every Monday.

Portland

What do you like best about Portland?

Portland has changed a lot since I was a kid, and it is really cool to see a city and its population change over time. The pace of life here is great, and Portland has so much to offer. It is also well situated next to the ocean, the mountains, and the forest, and it is an easy commute to bigger cities like Boston, New York, and Montreal.

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?

I love walking through the neighborhoods and the Portland trail paths that are located throughout the city. Not to mention, all of the great microbrew options!

Advice

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

Maine Law is a great place to learn about the law and how to be an attorney. The school has brilliant professors, faculty, staff, and students, and each person wants to see the other succeed. Sit in on a class or two, talk to anyone in the building, and you will soon learn why Maine Law stands out from other law schools.