Becca LaPierre '18Background

Class of 2018

Hometown: West Newbury, Massachusetts

Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Boston

Major: History

Grad School: University of Leicester (UK)

Major: International Human Rights and Global Ethics

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

After college I took some time off to travel, attended graduate school in the UK, and then worked as a Program Manager for Dress for Success San Jose in California.

Maine Law

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

I fell in love with Portland on a visit and decided to check out Maine Law. The smaller size and more casual atmosphere compared to the other law schools I was applying to really appealed to me. The clinical programs and high caliber faculty in particular made me want to attend.

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

The staff and faculty at Maine Law. Everyone who works at the school has been so supportive and welcoming since day one. They have truly made me feel like Maine Law is my home. I know whenever I have a question or even just need someone to chat with over a cup of tea I can turn to any faculty or staff member at the school to find exactly what I need.

As a 3L, how would you describe your experience at Maine Law?

3L has been a very busy year! I’ve tried to take advantage of as many opportunities as I can, which means being involved in a number of student groups, taking classes, and working as a student attorney at the General Practice Clinic. Next semester I’ll be working at the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. The clinical programs are easily the best part of 3L year. Working with clients and advocating for them in court has been incredibly fulfilling and educational, and it always keeps me on my toes.

Have you participated in an exchange program through the school?

Yes, during my 1L summer I studied in Geneva, Switzerland. Maine Law helped me to participate in a program run by Santa Clara Law School where I studied various areas of International Law. During the program, I had the opportunity to visit a number of international agencies such as the United Nations, International Labor Organization, IRCRC, WIPO, and WHO. I had an amazing summer in Europe and was able to transfer all of the credits I earned through the program to Maine Law with ease.

Activities

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

I am currently the President of Maine Law’s Student Bar Association (SBA), and have been involved with the SBA since I started law school. I began as a 1L class representative and then became the events chair, helping to organize events such as the annual Holiday Party and Barrister’s Ball. Last year I was elected President and will be completing my term at the end of this semester.  I have been a board member for MAPIL, American Constitution Society, and International Law Society and have participated in organizing various lunch programs, guest speakers, fundraisers, and social events.

One of my favorite things about Maine Law is that students have the ability to make their law school experience very personalized. For me, I wanted to take part in so many organizations and I’ve had the chance to take on leadership roles which enabled me to really engage with the Law School community. I am also currently the Online Editor of the Oceans and Coastal Law Journal. I am very appreciative of my experience working on the journal, which has made me a better legal researcher and writer.

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

I try to go to trivia night every week with some of my classmates, occasionally plan board game nights with friends, and take advantage of the amazing restaurant options in Portland. I’m also a big movie fanatic and TV buff, so I try to find time to unwind with a favorite show or film whenever I can.

I also love to travel, which is much harder to do while in law school, but have managed to squeeze in a number of trips since moving to Maine. The Law School has provided some opportunities for travel, including when I went to Washington D.C. during my 1L year with the Dean and fellow students to lobby our state representatives to uphold public interest loan forgiveness programs.

Portland

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

Too many to choose! I’d say my top three favorite restaurants are Silly’s (for their unique menu and delicious cake), Blue Rooster (for the best tater tots you can imagine), and Bayside Café (for yummy brunch)!

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?

When the sun is out I love to spread out with a blanket on the Eastern Promenade with some snacks and a good book. There are also tons of cool businesses in town that offer opportunities to try something new, which I’m always looking for. For example, I’ve been able to enter a cooking competition at Fyood Kitchen, go painting at Muse Paintbar, and check out a rooftop movie at Bayside Bowl.

Advice

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

The Maine Law student community is truly one of a kind. Students here support and encourage each other, and the faculty and staff really add to that as well. People seem to expect that law school will be overly competitive, and while students here are certainly hard working and ambitious, it is never at the expense of any of their classmates. With smaller class sizes we are able to get to know one another very well, and develop our shared interests and goals. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community and to have created so many strong relationships with my classmates and colleagues.