Student organizations are an important piece of the student experience at the University of Maine School of Law. The active student organizations are listed below:
The American Constitution Society (ACS) works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media. ACS strives to make a difference in the constitutional, legal, and public policy debates that shape our democracy. Learn more about ACS at www.acslaw.org.
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students to effectuate change in the legal community. BLSA works to influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community.
The Business Law Association (BLA) aims to provide a forum for law students interested in business and corporate law, information concerning business law courses, programs, and future careers in the field, and promote an understanding of current legal and corporate issues.
The Environmental and Energy Law Society (EELS) provides law students a forum to discuss, understand, and gain access to the fields of not only environmental and energy law, but also to the Maine lawyers and employers active in these and related fields. Environmental and energy law are remarkably broad and include areas often viewed separately. Such areas include land use, real estate, torts, state and local government, administrative law, food and animal law, climate change, ocean and coastal law, and marine law. EELS, in coordination with E2Tech, organizes fundraising opportunities, educational panel discussions, and community events to promote engagement.
The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles: that the state exists to preserve freedom; that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and; that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. Learn more at www.fed-soc.org.
The Finch Society focuses on connecting law students with rural and small town practitioners to provide a place for students to learn more about what rural and small town legal practice is like. The Finch Society’s goals are to encourage law students to pursue careers in rural and small town Maine. Access to legal resources is vital for all Americans and all Mainers, and the Finch Society hopes to increase this access by providing information and resources to students so that they feel confident practicing the law in rural, regional, and small town Maine.
The Improv Society is an organization that provides a creative outlet for student expression and free thought. The therapeutic and stress reducing elements of improv is beneficial for the mental health of students. By providing students with a safe setting to unwind, the Improv Society is great for students to grow as orators, analysts, and creative actors.
The International Law Society (ILS) is an academic and social group interested in public international law (the law between nations and international organizations), law internationally (laws within different nations), and international affairs. On-campus events normally revolve around a guest speaker on an international law topic, but ILS also helps students learn about study abroad programs, assists newly arrived foreign law students, and sponsors needy children overseas.
The LGBT Law & Policy Group serves as an educational, political, and social group for the LGBT community at Maine Law and is dedicated to the inclusion of all people who are interested in furthering the goals of the LGBT community. We sponsor an array of events that increase awareness of both the issues that impact LGBT people and the unique legal concerns of the LGBT community.
The Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) focuses on the interactions that occur between juveniles and the legal system. Through facilitating group discussions on, and educating other students about, the overall juvenile justice system, MJLS works to raise awareness about relevant concerns as well as benefits that could come with having a separate system for juveniles. The MJLS achieves these goals through community meetings featuring professors, students, and local attorneys.
The Maine Juvenile Law Society (MJLS) focuses on the interactions that occur between juveniles and the legal system. Through facilitating group discussions on, and educating other students about, the overall juvenile justice system, MJLS works to raise awareness about relevant concerns as well as benefits that could come with having a separate system for juveniles. The MJLS achieves these goals through community meetings featuring professors, students, and local attorneys.
The Maine Law Democrats (MLD) encourage Democrat, progressive, and liberal law students and lawyers to be active in local and national Democratic and progressive politics and elections, to mobilize and organize them when urgent and immediate action is needed, to provide law students with an opportunity to participate in intelligent discussion and debate, to advocate for the inclusion of liberal and progressive values throughout the Law School, and to collaborate and network with the Maine political and legal community at large.
The Maine Law Policy Group (MLPG) is a non-partisan student group that provides students with an opportunity to gain real experience in the world of lobbying, public policy, and government affairs. The group conducts research, generates legislative and administrative proposals, meets with legislators and professionals, and engages in communications work – all with the goal of implementing real policy changes.
The Maine Law Running is a group of students (and sometimes faculty and staff!) who get together on a regular basis throughout the school year to go on group runs along nearby trails and tracks, and to run local road races together. Our culminating event each year is the Rock Lobster Relay, a 200-mile relay which begins in beautiful Bar Harbor and ends here in Portland. In order to fund our activities, we hold giant, delicious bake sales and extend fundraising into the Greater Portland community. We love new faces and welcome anyone to join! Whether you’re a life-long runner, or just want to check out a short run every once in awhile, we’d love to welcome you on board!
The Multicultural Law Society (MLS) focuses on issues impacting underrepresented ethnic groups, including Maine’s refugee population. We are passionate about equal rights and fair treatment for everyone. We seek to create a forum for the community to address legal barriers affecting multicultural groups; educate ourselves and our classmates on the disproportionate impact of the current legal practices on communities of color; engage with community leaders to help meet the needs of the under-represented; and inspire current college and high school students to consider a career in law.
The purpose of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is to inform the law school community about current legal issues in animal rights and animal welfare law. We also seek to educate and carry out projects for organizations involved in animal welfare/rights.
The Women’s’ Law Association (WLA) was developed in response to the increased awareness of the impact of the law on women and the impact of the growing number of women attorneys on the law. Through its educational activities, the WLA encourages the development of a network among women at Maine Law; women practitioners in all branches of the legal field; women in the judiciary; and organizations in the state that are concerned with the issues affecting women.