Vice President, Student Bar Association

Paige EgglestonBackground

Class of 2021

Hometown: Portland, ME

Undergrad: University of Maine

Majors/Minors: English major, Psychology minor, Honors College graduate

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

I graduated from UMaine in 2013, and then I spent five years working for U.S. Senator Susan Collins, first in her Bangor office and later in her D.C. office.

Maine Law

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

Honestly, Maine Law was the only school I applied to. I have wanted to be a lawyer for the last ten years, and I knew when I went to work in D.C. that I would eventually return home to Maine. So, heading home for law school was a perfect fit for me. Having had an amazing undergraduate experience in Orono, one with many opportunities and pathways to be involved and succeed, I was confident Maine Law would provide similar opportunities for students.

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

Apart from our wonderful faculty and 1L resources like teaching fellows, the most practical answer would be purchasing a bookstand!  I spent the first two months of law school hunched over large textbooks and the effect on my neck wasn’t great.  As funny as it sounds, the bookstand changed my life.

How would you describe your experience at Maine Law?

Engaging. There are plenty of ways to be actively involved, and it’s a great way to take a break from studying.

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

I was surprised by how much I have enjoyed law school. The curriculum is challenging, the hours of reading and studying and case briefing is certainly exhausting, but the work is ultimately fascinating. I also think it’s enjoyable because I have amazing colleagues to learn with and call my friends.

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

I’m thinking about work related to criminal law. I spent last summer in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and I’m currently working in the Cumberland County District Attorney’s office this summer and through my 3L year.

Activities

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

I immediately got involved with the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Women’s Law Association (WLA) during my first year. I was on the WLA Board as a 2L and I’m currently the SBA Vice President. I definitely recommend getting involved as soon as possible, because it’s a great way to meet other students in different class years and take an active part in the school community.

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

I love any and all opportunities to be by the ocean or try out a new restaurant in Portland.

Portland

What do you like best about Portland?

Having grown up in this area, it’s fun to explore Portland through a new set of eyes – particularly with some of my friends who are from other states. My favorite thing about Portland is the Eastern Prom. It’s a great spot to bring a book and read outside.

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

It’s a long list, but I love Pai Men Miyake, Baharat, Highroller Lobster Co., OTTO,  and Pom’s Thai Taste. I also find great joy in going to Trader Joe’s.

Advice

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

I am continually grateful for how supportive my classmates are. The Maine Law community is a small one, and you spend a lot of time with your class during 1L year.  Law school is inherently competitive with respect to grades and internships, especially in your first year.  So, the fact that we were all so supportive of each other speaks volumes to the collective character of our class.  It’s my understanding that the friendships you make in law school are ones that last for the rest of your life.  I believe that’s true.

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

Maine Law is close-knit and supportive. Our community is small enough that most of the faculty will know you are quickly, and that’s a great benefit because members of our faculty are so accessible and want to help students. You won’t be lost in the crowd.