Fellowships for Incoming Students
If you are an incoming student interested in being considered for a Fellowship, please send a one page statement of interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority consideration will be given to those who apply prior to February 1st.
Fellowships for Current Students
The Fellowships listed below are for current students at the University of Maine School of Law. Unless otherwise noted, applications for these are managed by the Career Services Office.
In early 2020, augmenting its Ocean and Coastal program, Maine Law launched the innovative Arctic Law Fellowship program. This new program provides opportunities for students to study the intersections of law and science coupled (pre-pandemic) with field experiences at an Arctic location. Charles H. Norchi, the Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law at Maine Law, supervises the Arctic Law Fellows.
The Bernstein District Court Fellows Program gives first-year and second-year students at the Law School an opportunity to spend the summer working as clerks for participating Maine State District Court judges and occasionally on special projects for the court system. Up to four full-time or eight part-time fellowships (depending on the availability of funds) are awarded each year on the basis of academic performance, financial need, and demonstrated professionalism. Bernstein Fellows each receive a stipend of $5,000.
These fellowships are intended to encourage and assist first-year and second-year students who plan to enter nontraditional legal careers in business – particularly entrepreneurial endeavors that will build economic growth in Maine. The foundation that supports the fellowships is funded by a generous Maine Law alumnus. Students interested in applying for the fellowship must find an entrepreneurial business setting in Maine in which s/he would like to work and then submit a fellowship proposal. A stipend of up to $5,000 for 300 hours of work over an 8-10 week period during the summer is paid to successful applicants (a stipend for less than full-time work may be awarded on a prorated basis). Fellowship recipients in recent years have done such things as establish a record label and issue a CD of music, help with the expansion of a Portland-based wine importing and distribution business, serve as an intern at various local start-up businesses, and form a boutique consulting firm to assist small businesses expand their operations into international markets.
The Harvey Fellowship is named in honor and memory of the late “Chuck” Harvey, a preeminent Portland trial lawyer who graduated from Maine Law. It provides an intensive trial practice experience to a student during the summer following his/her second year at the Law School. The student selected for the fellowship works alongside experienced and skilled trial lawyers preparing for and conducting jury and bench trials of civil and criminal cases. Students ordinarily apply for the fellowship following their first-year. A committee of lawyers, judges, and law faculty select one Fellow each year, based on demonstrated interest, aptitude, and potential in becoming a trial lawyer. The Fellow’s summer schedule is managed by the Fellowship Coordinator (an experienced trial lawyer selected by the committee on a rotating basis). The fellowship comes with a stipend of $4,000.
The Cushman D. Anthony Fellowship gives a student an opportunity to work on child-based policy issues and to develop general practice litigation skills. It is named in honor of Cushman Anthony, Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
’s founder and first director. Students apply during the fall of their second-year. A committee of law faculty selects one Fellow each year, based on a commitment to public service, interest and aptitude in policy work, and a desire to develop trial skills. The Fellow spends time representing plaintiffs in Protection From Abuse
proceedings at the Lewiston District Court and juveniles in the capacity of “Lawyer of the Day” in Juvenile Court proceedings
at the Biddeford District Court. The other Fellowship hours are designated for policy work, and the Fellow assists Professor Christopher Northrop
with ongoing juvenile policy projects. In addition, the Fellow is encouraged to pursue a child focused project of his/her choosing. The Cushman D. Anthony Fellowship is awarded annually by the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.
The Horace Libby Fund was established in honor of Horace S. Libby, who served as Chief Counsel to the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for fourteen years. The Fund supports a student summer internship at the PUC. Interested first-year and second-year students apply for a summer internship position with the PUC through the Spring On-Campus Interview Program, and the fellowship is available to the student who is chosen by the PUC, subject to academic performance, financial need, and demonstrated professionalism. The stipend is $3,000.
The James M. Roux Fellowship was established by Arnie Macdonald and Liza Moore for the benefit of the Summer Intern Program at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. During their second year of law school, a Roux Fellow will be selected through a highly competitive process for work as a summer intern at the Clinic. Every year the Roux Fellow will have the opportunity to get invaluable experience representing clients in every phase of litigation. They will assist prisoners with civil issues, youth struggling in their communities and their schools, victims of domestic violence, and many others throughout Maine who likely would not have an advocate for their legal issues without the Clinic.
James M. Roux was a 1984 alumnus of Maine Law. After graduating, Jim served in the U.S. Army as Judge Advocate General with the 82d Airborne Division. He returned to private practice and became a preeminent trial lawyer. In the last years of his practice, Jim shifted his focus to plaintiffs’ work, championing underdogs who could not otherwise be heard. He also developed an interest in the plight of the Nepalese Sherpa people after his treks to Mount Everest Base Camp. He was headed back to Southeast Asia when killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Jim was a dedicated lawyer and proud Mainer.
The Law School’s Legislative Fellowship Program gives first-year and second-year students an opportunity to serve as summer interns with the legislative branch of Maine’s state government. The fellowships are funded by contributions from the Law Alumni Association and other organizations and donors. One or two part-time fellowships are awarded, and each carries a stipend of $2,500 for 150 hours of work during the summer months. Interested students usually contact one of the state legislative leadership offices and arrange to do an unpaid summer internship as the basis for the fellowship application. It is expected that work done by Legislative Fellows will be of a generally non-partisan nature.
This fellowship is offered by the Maine Women’s Policy Center (MWPC) in partnership with the Law School and the Justice For Women Lecture Series
, and supports a Maine Law student working full-time during the summer for the MWPC. It is named for a Maine Law graduate who played a key role in founding the MWPC and its affiliated organization, the Maine Women’s Lobby. The fellowship funds a $6,000 stipend and is open to first-year or second-year students with strong academic skills and a commitment to equity for women. The Fellow provides research, analysis, and public policy development on issues related to women and girls. The application process is administered by the Law School.
The Law School’s MAPIL (Maine Association for Public Interest Law) Fellowship Program enables a small number of first-year and second-year students to serve as summer interns with various public interest organizations and agencies that would otherwise be unable to afford the interns’ services. The stipend is $5,000 for 300 hours of work over an 8-10 week period during the summer months (full-time) or $2,500 for 150 hours over the same period (part-time). The number of fellowships awarded depends on the availability of funding. These fellowships are funded by MAPIL and the Law School community’s support at the spring MAPIL auction, as well as by contributions from the Law Alumni Association and other organizations and donors. The number of Fellowships awarded each year depends on the level of funding and the quality of the applications. The fellowships are available for summer internships at: (1) nonprofit organizations that provide direct legal services to indigent individuals; (2) other nonprofit organizations, including social service agencies, civil rights organizations, environmental groups, consumer organizations, and the like that provide direct legal assistance and expertise to traditionally unrepresented or under-represented persons and interests; and (3) governmental agencies in connection with projects that provide direct legal services to individual members of the public who are disadvantaged. Host organizations can be located in Maine or elsewhere (including abroad), and students are encouraged to expand their exploration of internship opportunities beyond the Portland metropolitan area.
The Roger A. Putnam Fellowship gives a student an opportunity to gain experience in important dimensions of lawyering, including: client counseling, ethics, investigation, pre-trial practice, oral and written advocacy, case strategy, negotiation, document drafting, conducting trials, and appellate practice. The Putnam Fellow is selected in his or her second-year of law school through a competitive process and receives a modest stipend for work as a summer intern at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
. The Clinic provides legal assistance to low-income residents of Maine. Its mission reflects the lifelong work of Roger Putnam, who has delighted in mentoring young lawyers in the art and skill of trial advocacy and who devoted a significant portion of his career to ensuring that all Mainers have access to our system of justice. Roger A. Putnam is a beloved leader in the Maine Bar and community and Senior Counsel and former Senior Partner at the law firm of Verrill Dana, which he joined in 1958. The Putnam Fellowship is awarded annually by the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.
The Rural Law Fellowship pairs students with rural lawyers who serve as mentors, and provides students with direct exposure to rural practice to inspire them to consider pursuing careers in these communities. It is the result of a collaboration between the Law School, the Maine Justice Foundation, the Maine State Bar Association, and the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. The three-year pilot funding for these fellowships was provided by the Maine Justice Foundation. The funding to continue the program for the next three years is being provided through a grant from the Betterment Fund.
Beginning in the summer of 2017, Maine Law received funding from the Maine Justice Foundation to place two rising 2L students with rural practitioners. Students selected for the fellowship work in the summers under the guidance of practitioners on legal research and drafting, dispute resolution, general practice case management, real estate transactions, trial practice, and ethics. Fellows are also encouraged to perform volunteer work for legal aid providers in the area where they are serving as fellows.
Students work full-time for 10 weeks over the summer. Rising 2L students are paid a $6,000 stipend and rising 3L students are paid a $7,500 stipend.
Departmental Fellowships for Current Students