University of Maine School of Law
Mission Statement: The University of Maine School of Law is the state’s public and only law school, a vital resource serving our local, regional, national, and global community. Maine Law is an institutional public servant committed to providing an accessible and affordable student-focused program of legal education and achieving the highest standards of ethical behavior. Our rigorous doctrinal and experiential curriculum, influential scholarship, and signature programming prepare students to practice law, promote respect for the rule of law, and advance justice for all members of society.
Dean: Leigh Saufley
Juris Doctor (JD), Masters of Law (LL.M.), Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD)
Faculty: Arey, Bam, Davik, Elias, Iaconeta, Johnson, Lupica, Maine, Norchi, Northrop, Pitegoff, Schindler, Smith, Welch, Wolff, Wriggins, Zillman; Visiting professors: Guffin, Kaufman, Moffa, Thaler; Emeritus Professors: Cluchey, Delogu, Friedman, Khoury, Reiser, Rogoff, Wanderer, Ward, Zarr.
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.
The Law School's 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.
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 website at http://www.mainelaw.maine.edu
Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic is one of the oldest law school clinical programs 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 Law 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 enrolled in each of these courses also participate in the Clinic’s Protection from Abuse program, in which student attorneys assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking seeking civil protection orders. Student attorneys represent real clients in real cases. From intake meetings to filing court documents and standing up before a judge, students handle all aspects of client relations and case management, under the close supervision of faculty who are leaders in their fields.
Maine Law’s Externship Program allows students to work alongside seasoned attorneys and judges for academic credit. Depending on the placement, students in the Externship Program handle advocacy, policy, regulatory enforcement, and transactional legal matters, and may have the opportunity to practice as a student attorney during their third year of law school. Students in the Externship Program receive valuable feedback and mentoring from their placement supervisors – who are experienced judges and lawyers – and also from the Externship Professor and Director.
Certificate in Environmental and Oceans Law
The Certificate in Environmental and Oceans Law is designed to prepare students for careers in important fields like environmental law and policy, energy law, global warming and renewable energy, oceans and coastal law, and many other related areas.
The program is open to current JD students and consists of four components: Core coursework, writing on an environmental or oceans law-related topic, experiential learning, and participation in a relevant professional/scholarly activity.
Certificate in Information Privacy Law
The Certificate in Information Privacy Law is designed to prepare students for careers in the fast-growing fields of information privacy and cybersecurity. This is one of only a few Information Privacy Law Certificates currently being offered in the U.S.The program is open to current JD students and consists of four components: Experiential Learning, Course Work, Writing Project on a Privacy Related Topic, and Certification from the IAPP.
Center for Oceans and Coastal Law
The Center for Oceans and Coastal Law is a teaching and interdisciplinary research center devoted to law and policy of the oceans. Center activities embrace a broad range of teaching and research, seeking to enhance the skills of lawyers and policy scientists as applied to oceans problems from the Gulf of Maine to the seas of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Professor Charles H. Norchi serves as director of the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law.
Through its program of conferences, lectures, and publications (including the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal), the Center builds on a longstanding Maine maritime tradition.