University of Maine School of Law

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University of Maine School of Law
University of Maine Law School Logo.png
Type Public
Established 1962
Dean Danielle Conway
Students 254
Location Portland, Maine, USA
Campus Urban

The University of Maine School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Portland, Maine. It is Maine's only law school and is a part of the University of Maine System. The law school's current Dean is Danielle Conway, who assumed the post in 2015.[1]

Many of Maine's judges, legal scholars, politicians, and community leaders are graduates of the law school. Notable alumni include the Chief Justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Leigh Saufley and Daniel Wathen, several former governors, state Attorney General Janet Mills, Libby Mitchell, and U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock, to name just a few. According to Maine's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 62.7% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, Bar Passage Required/JD Advantage employment ten months after graduation.[2]


University of Maine School of Law was established in 1962 and is a public institution. The campus is in an urban area in Portland. The law school’s primary mission is to educate students to serve the public and private sectors with distinction; to contribute to the advancement of the law through scholarly and professional research and writing; and to engage in public services aimed at improving the legal system. Students have access to federal, state, county, city, and local agencies, courts, correctional facilities, law firms, and legal aid organizations in the Portland area. Portland is the major urban and legal center in the state. Facilities of special interest to law students are the Cumberland County Superior Court, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and the Federal District Court. Housing for students is available in university dorms, but most students prefer to find housing in and around Portland. All law school facilities are accessible to the physically disabled.[3]


Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; the maximum number of credits varies and must be approved. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./M.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in public policy and management), J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Business Administration), J.D./M.C.P. (Juris Doctor/Master in Community Planning and Development), and J.D./M.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in health policy and management). The School of Law also offers LL.M. and J.S.D. programs, primarily intended for foreign students and practitioners who have earned a law degree outside the United States. Dual and Joint Degree programs are also available with the University of Maine campus in Orono, Maine.

Maine Law offers an Integrated Clinical Education Program to third-year and LLM students and includes civil practice and criminal defense under the auspices of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. This clinic includes the General Practice Clinic, Prisoner Assistance Clinic (civil matters), and Criminal Law and Family practicums. Students interested in intellectual property law benefit from a unique Intellectual Property Clinic in which they may prepare and file patent or trademark applications on behalf of local inventors and entrepreneurs.[4] Maine Law’s IP Clinic is one of only four nationally certified clinics under the patent portion of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinical Certification Pilot, and one of only sixteen schools certified under the Pilot’s trademark division.[5]

Students can gain academic credit for work at many nonprofit and government agencies through an extensive externship program. Seminars in commercial law, consumer law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, and international law are open to second, third-year and LLM students.

The Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service is held annually, along with the Godfrey Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and the Deans Distinguished Lecture Series.

The Student Bar Association and other student organizations also offer guest lectures.

There is a 1-semester option at Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the University of New Brunswick, Canada; University College, Galway, Ireland; and the University of Buckingham, England.[3]


The school is home to the Maine Law Review and the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal.


Maine Law is home to the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, a free clinic for people of low income in the area, as well as to the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, Center for Oceans and Coastal Law, Maine Patent Program and the Center for Law and Innovation.[6]

Rankings, admission and employment statistics[edit]

During Spring 2018, U.S. News in its 2019 Best Graduate Schools publication ranked the University of Maine School of Law 106th on its list of Best Law Schools.[7]

According to the law professor blog The Faculty Lounge, 42.5% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission, ranking 164th out of 197 law schools.[8][9]

According to the 2014 statistics from U.S. News, 34.5% of students are employed at graduation; graduates' median starting salary is $56,000.[7] In 2012, Business Insider ranked the University of Maine School of Law 6th on its list of 11 Law Schools With The Worst Employment Rates, with only 42% of its graduates able to find a job requiring bar admission.[10] According to Law School Numbers -The University of Maine School of Law class of 2012 had an employment rate of 72%, with only 36% of graduates finding law firm employment.[11]

In 2009, Maine Law was ranked in the Top 100 Law Schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report.

Applications were up 62% for the class of 2013.[12] The overall increase in applications nationwide was 7.4%.

Approximately 37% of applicants are admitted, with 60% coming from Maine. The median LSAT score is 156, and the average GPA is 3.4. Roughly 52% of students are female, and 48% are male. Approximately 7% of this year's first year class are members of a racial minority group.[13]

The University of Maine School of Law currently has a student/faculty ratio of 15.3:1.

The school emphasizes hands-on training through internships, externships, and varied clinical programs such as the Juvenile Justice Clinic, the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, and the Intellectual Property Law Clinic.


According to Maine's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 38.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[14] Maine's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 35.4%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[15]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Maine for the 2013-2014 academic year is $39,350 for residents and $50,320 for non-residents.[16] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $147,813 for residents and $189,176 for nonresidents.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Frank Fellows (politician) 1911 U.S. Representative from Maine, 1941-1951
Charles Bayley Adams 1913 Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, 1949-1961
John P. Connarn 1951 Vermont Attorney General, 1965-1967 [18]
Kenneth M. Curtis 1959 68th Governor of Maine 1967-1975 [19]
Joseph E. Brennan 1963 70th Governor of Maine 1979-1987 [20]
Daniel Wathen 1965 Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 1992-2001 [21]
Thomas E. Delahanty II 1970 United States Attorney for the District of Maine, 2010–present
Joseph Jabar 1971 Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2009–present [22]
Gary Thorne 1973 Announcer for ESPN and ABC [23]
John R. McKernan, Jr. 1974 71st Governor of Maine 1987-1995
James Tierney (politician) 1974 51st Maine Attorney General 1981-1991, Professor at Columbia Law School 1991–present
John A. Woodcock Jr. 1976 Chief Justice of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, 2009–present
Paula D. Silsby 1976 United States Attorney for the District of Maine, 2001-2010
Janet T. Mills 1976 55th and 57th Maine Attorney General, 2009-2011; 2013–present
Leigh Saufley 1980 First Female Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2001–present
Robert Murray (Maine politician) 1985 Maine State Senator, 1996-2000
Nancy A. Henry 1986 American Poet
G. Steven Rowe 1987 54th Maine Attorney General, 2001-2009
David Lemoine 1988 State Treasurer of Maine, 2005-2010
Julia Spencer-Fleming 1990 American novelist of Mystery fiction [24]
Mark Lawrence (politician) 1990 President of the Maine Senate, 1997-2000 [25]
Dana Hanley 1990 Member of the Maine Senate, 1992-1996 [26]
Steve Abbott (politician) 1991 Athletic director at the University of Maine, 2010–present
William Schneider (politician) 1993 56th Maine Attorney General
Kenneth Fredette 1994 Minority Leader of the Maine House of Representatives, 2012–present
Libby Mitchell 2004 President of the Maine Senate, 2008-2010 [27]
Seth Goodall 2005 Maine State Senator from the 19th District, 2008-2013
Jeremy Fischer 2008 Maine State Representative, 2000-2006


Order Name Position(s) Term Began Term Ended Alumnus/na? Reference
1 Edward S. Godfrey III President, Professor Emeritus 1962 1973 no [28][29]
2 L. Kinvin Wroth President 1978 1990 no [30]
3 Donald Zillman President 1992 1998 no [30]
4 Colleen Khoury President 1998 2005 no [30]
5 Peter Pitegoff President 2005 2015 no [31][32]
6 Danielle Conway President 2015 active no [1]


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