Overview

Applicants
572
Acceptance Rate
54%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.48
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
91

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
151 - 158

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
4:1
Total Faculty
70

42.8
Female
5.7
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

All too often, law school is viewed as a “stress inducing experience that breaks people.” University of Maine takes a decidedly softer approach. Students here love that the “school focuses on creating the best possible advocates for clients while emphasizing that self care matters.” And they promise that “you will not find a better place to get personal and professional mentorship.” After all, Maine Law “works with students to develop a program that reflects their personal and professional goals starting in the first year.”

When it comes to coursework, students are quick to tout the great “clinical offerings [in] juvenile justice, prisoner assistance, general practice [and] refugee and human rights.” They also note that “Maine Law is well known nationally and internationally in the field of privacy law, and has an excellent Information Privacy Program.” And the accolades don’t end there! University of Maine also boasts “a nationally recognized Moot Court Team and Legal Writing Program.”

Of course, the best aspect of UM might just be the “incredibly knowledgeable” and “invested” professors. Students have the opportunity to “work closely with some of the greatest legal minds in Maine.” And the “access to faculty is unparalleled.” Professors “take a huge interest in their students and provid[e] them with all the resources they could ever need.” Even better, they know how to make their courses endlessly interesting. We’ll let this impressed student explain. “I came into school knowing that I wanted to focus in juvenile justice but I left 1L year with a newfound respect for a range of subjects that I never cared about before. I am fascinated by property law now and could even manage to care a little bit about contracts (which is wild).”

Further, many professors “practice locally and help students make connections outside of school.” The university also does a great job of encouraging “relationships between students and local attorneys.” Additionally, “the First Circuit and the District Court for the District of Maine partner with the law school to provide opportunities exclusively to students at Maine Law.” And a number of people highlight the fact that the “vast majority of the Maine State Bar is comprised of Maine Law grads.” In other words, “If you’re interested in practicing law in Maine, Maine Law is pretty much the ONLY school worth attending.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
59%
Median Starting Salary
$52,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
83%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
68%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
30

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Maine law firms and businesses State and local government Maine courts (judicial clerkships) Local public interest/legal service

Graduates Employed by Area

36%
Private Practice
16%
Judicial Clerkships
13%
Business/Industry
12%
Government
4%
Public Interes

Graduates Employed by Region

81%
New England
9%
South
4%
Pacific
3%
MidWest
3%
South West

Prominent Alumni

Hon. John A. Woodcock
District Judge, United States District Court of Maine

Leigh I. Saufley
Dean of University of Maine School of Law, formerChief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Janet T. Mills
Governor of Maine

Hon. Michael Fagone
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Maine

Peter Carlisle
Agent to pro athletes, such as Michael Phelps

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 15

Financial Aid Statistics


Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$23,190
Out-Of-State Tuition
$34,680
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$9,956
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$9,956
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$2,000
Fees
$1,405

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
253

Average Age at Entry
28

Demographics

9.50%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
52% female
48% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Maine Law does an excellent job at fostering a “strong sense of community.” There’s certainly a “cooperative spirit among students” and they happily “support one another.” In fact, “during reading week leading up to finals, you’ll routinely see students working together and answering each other’s questions.” They do acknowledge, however, that ethnic diversity is lacking. As this student plainly states, “If you’re looking for diversity based on skin color, please note that Maine is the ‘whitest state in the union.’” Fortunately, “the school is very diverse with regards to age, background, political viewpoint, sexual preferences, etc.” Though a handful of people argue that the law school “is overwhelmingly liberal, and if you are conservative, you feel uncomfortable expressing any of your views.”

One point virtually all students agree on? The fact that Portland is a “beautiful city on the ocean.” Of course, if you come from a larger metropolitan area, it can feel like a “small town.” The upside is that “you always know where your friends and classmates are on the weekends.” Plus, Portland has a “nationally recognized foodie scene” and “lots of craft cocktail bars.” All in all, the city is “a great place to spend three years.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Caroline Wilshusen
Director of Admissions

Address
246 Deering Ave
Portland, ME 04102

Phone
207-780-4341

Email
lawadmissions@maine.edu