The University of Maine School of Law demands a lot from its students. The academic program is rigorous. Sometimes you might think the Law Library is your second home.
But a legal education is not just about hitting the books. It’s also about making lifelong friends, participating in enriching student organizations, and taking time to care for your wellness. As a Maine Law student, you have access to a variety of activities and services to help you maintain your wellbeing.
Our Student Bar Association provides opportunities to serve as a leader in our student government. Maine Law students lead many student organizations centered on a wide range of interests including public interest law, international law, juvenile law, and LGBT+ law. Students also run sports associations for basketball and soccer. These student organizations provide excellent support networks and valuable information within areas that matter to you. Throughout the year, these organizations host a variety of events from speaker and panel presentations to the popular annual Barrister’s Ball.
Students routinely organize gatherings in and around Portland. The city boosts an impressive amount of restaurants and was named “2018 Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon Appetit Magazine. Portland is also home to a big craft beer scene and several kombucha and cider breweries. Coffee shops with local roasts and farmers’ markets with local produce are other ways to recharge and connect with community life. The Greater Portland area has many other attractions including artisanal shops filled with local handmade crafts, pristine sandy beaches, lighthouses, forests, mountains, lakes, and parks, and countless outdoor activities including kayaking, canoeing, hiking, skiing, and snow-shoeing.
Maine Law students have access to health and counseling services, a small fitness complex, and technology support through our partnership with the University of Southern Maine, with whom we share a campus. Within the Law School building, you can visit our friendly staff for academic advising and student support at the Office of Student Affairs or job planning at the Career Services Office.