Office of International Programs

Incoming Law Exchange

Students who will be attending the University of Maine School of Law as part of an exchange program with their home school can complete a simplified application.


Important Deadlines:

May 1st for Fall/September Admission
October 15th for Spring/January Admission


The process is as follows:

1. Complete an International Exchange Law Student Application

2. Submit the International Exchange Law Student Application to the USM International Programs office and be sure to include the following: 

  • A brief essay  (300-500 words) stating your reasons for wanting to study at the University of Maine School of Law. How will this period of study contribute to your current academic program?  Please include any areas of interest or special skills.
  • A statement from your home school supporting your program of study at the University of Maine School of Law.
  • If English is not your first language you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. (The minimum TOEFL score required is a 79 ibt/ 213 computer or 550 paper. The minimum IELTS score is a 6.5). 
  • Academic transcript from your college or university listing the courses that you have taken prior to your enrollment at Maine Law.
  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport.

3. Submit proof of sufficient funding to cover your expenses during your year or semester at USM.     

  • Students coming on exchange pay tuition and fees to their home school. However, immigration requires that you document that you have sufficient funding for your expenses that will be paid in the US.
  • Students coming from Cergy, Le Mans, City University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua, Dalhousie, Galway,  Rennes, Buckingham, Reykjavik or the University of New Brunswick must  document $17,000 for one academic year or $8500 for one semester.

The cost breakdown for 1 year is as follows:

  • $10,500.00 for room, board and meals during vacation periods
  • $  2,250.00 for books and supplies
  • $  2,000.00 for medical insurance and health care in the US
  • $  2,250.00 for personal expenses
  • This totals $17,000 for the academic year
  • In order to document sufficient funding students should complete a Declaration of Finances form and submit the appropriate back up documentation.

Fall 2021

  • New International Student Orientation..........Late August (final dates TBD)
  • Classes Begin...............................................Monday, August 30, 2021
  • Labor Day......................................................Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day...............................Monday, October 11, 2021   
  • Thanksgiving Break Begins...........................Wednesday, November 24, 2021
  • Classes Resume........................................... Monday, November 29, 2021
  • Last Day of Classes.......................................Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Final Exams Begin........................................Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • Final Exams End...........................................Monday, December 20, 2021

 Spring 2022

  • Classes Begin ................................................Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • President's Day ..............................................Monday, February 21, 2022
  • Spring Break Begins........................................Monday, March 14, 2022
  • Classes Resume..............................................Monday, March 19, 2022
  • Last Day of Classes.........................................Tuesday, April 26, 2022
  • Final Exams Begin ..........................................Monday, May 2, 2022
  • Final Exams End..............................................Wednesday, May 11, 2022