2013-14 Catalogs

University of Maine School of Law

Dean: Peter Pitegoff

Juris Doctor

Professors: Burke, Cluchey, Friedman, Galbraith, Heimes, Knott, Lupica, Maine, Norchi, Northrop, Pitegoff, Rogoff, Smith, Wanderer, Ward, Wriggins, Zarr; Associate and Assistant Professors: Arey, Bam, Ghachem, Owen, Schindler, Welch; Emeritus Professors: Delogu, Khoury, Reiser

The University of Maine School of Law offers high-quality legal education to a carefully selected student body. With a fine faculty, excellent library resources, and a nationally oriented curriculum strong in basic legal courses, the Law School takes pride in educating students who become capable and motivated attorneys.

The academic program is rigorous and demanding. Thanks to the School's size, its students have the benefit of small classes, frequent and informal contact with the faculty, and a supportive atmosphere. These factors do much to ease the strains attendant upon entry to an exacting profession.

The School averages less than 300 students, making it one of the smallest law schools in the country. The student body is remarkably varied in age, professional and academic experience, and background.

The School's 22 full-time faculty members, along with part-time instructors drawn from practicing attorneys and the judiciary, represent a diversity of backgrounds, expertise, and interests.

The School is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Established in Portland in 1962, it is the law school of the University of Maine System and an administrative unit of the University of Southern Maine. The School's location is accessible for students with disabilities and provides facilities for classroom and seminar discussion, library research, moot court participation, clinical practice, legal publications, and student activities. The Law School publishes two student-edited journals: The Maine Law Review and the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal.

For more information on the Law School, contact the Admissions Office, University of Maine School of Law, 246 Deering Avenue, Portland, ME 04102, (207) 780-4341, or visit the Law School web site at http://www.mainelaw.maine.edu.

Center for Law and Innovation

The Center for Law and Innovation was established in 1999 in recognition of the role of law in economic development based on investments in science and technology. The Center offers educational opportunities in intellectual property and technology-related law to students, practicing attorneys, and Maine's technology sectors through courses, conferences, seminars, and a clinical program. The Center also engages in research projects that support Maine's investment in science and technology R&D. As home to the Maine Patent Program and the Intellectual Property Law Clinic, the Center offers education and assistance in patent, trademark, and copyright law to companies, inventors, and entrepreneurs around the state of Maine and enables students to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic

The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, established in 1969, is one of the nation's oldest continuously operating law school clinical programs and a highly respected provider of legal services. CLAC's clinical programs give third-year law students opportunities to provide direct representation to low-income clients. Students are admitted to practice in court as "student attorneys" and are directly responsible for all aspects of their cases. Maine Law offers four separate clinical courses through CLAC: General Practice Clinic, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, and Prisoner Assistance Clinic, along with legal work in domestic violence matters

Center for Oceans and Coastal Law

The Center for Oceans and Coastal Law is devoted to research and education in ocean law and policy. It supports the marine law curriculum and the student-edited Ocean and Coastal Law Journal. The Center's current research areas include law of the sea, maritime security, comparative marine law, international maritime boundary delimitation, maritime ports, ocean and coastal resources and their management, and the marine environment of the Gulf of Maine. The Center for Oceans and Coastal Law has active ties and research collaborations with leading universities and maritime institutes around the world.