2015-16 Catalogs

University of Maine School of Law

University of Maine School of Law

Dean: Danielle Conway

Juris Doctor

Fulltime professors: Arey, Bam, Burke, Chen, Davik, Lupica, Maine, Norchi, Northrop, Owen, Pitegoff, Rogoff, Schindler, Smith, Welch, Wolff, Wriggins, Zarr, Zillman; Visiting professors: Haines, Thaler; Emeritus Professors:Cluchey, Delogu, Khoury, Reiser, Wanderer, Ward.

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 and leaders in a range of other fields.

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. This sense of collaboration is embraced by students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Maine Law 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 Law School's 20 full-time faculty members, along with part-time instructors drawn from practicing attorneys and the judiciary, represent a diversity of backgrounds, expertise, and interests. Maine Law 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 it shares a campus with the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Maine Law’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.

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; visit the Law School web site at http://www.mainelaw.maine.edu; or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/umainelaw.


Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic

The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic is one of the oldest clinical programs of its kind in the nation. Established in 1970, the Clinic provides free legal aid to more than 600 low-income individuals and families every year. It is a defining program of Maine Law, providing practical skills training for students, and helping to fulfill the school’s commitment to social justice. All legal services are provided by law students who are enrolled in one of four clinical courses: General Practice, Prisoner Assistance, Juvenile Justice, and Refugee and Human Rights. Students represent real clients in real cases. From intake meetings to filing court documents to standing up before a judge, student attorneys handle all aspects of client relations and case management, under the close supervision of faculty who are leaders in their fields.


Externship Program

In the Externship Program, students work for a semester in a government agency, business or nonprofit organization for academic credit. This program gives students an opportunity to develop essential professional skills while making valuable contacts throughout Maine and, in some cases, around the country. Students can be placed in externship positions that are offered regularly, such as with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Conservation Law Foundation and many others. Or they can “make their own” externships at any number of agencies or institutions. Students have worked alongside seasoned lawyers in cities and towns throughout Maine, as well as distant locales such as Washington, D.C., and Alaska.


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 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.