University of Maine School of Law University of Southern Maine

University of Maine School of Law University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
April 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The multiple programs of the only law school in Maine

The University of Maine School of Law is a public law school, the only law school in Maine, offering the JD degree and post-professional LLM (Master of Laws) and JSD (Doctor of the Science of Law) degrees. Maine Law is committed to educational and scholarly excellence, to justice and the public interest, to professionalism, integrity, and high ethical standards, and to serving as a resource for the entire state and the nation. A rigorous core curriculum is augmented by Maine Law's strengths in oceans law, intellectual property and technology law, business and commercial law, international law, robust clinical programs, trial practice and advocacy, and more. Maine Law prepares graduates to succeed in a global economy and to excel in a wide variety of careers in private and public sectors in Maine and throughout the world.

By design, Maine Law is one of the smallest law schools in the country. The small size fosters a sense of community that is embraced by students, alumni, faculty members, and staff members. It also gives Maine Law the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing legal profession and the new demands of the job market. Maine Law graduates are public and private sector leaders regionally and around the world.

As a public institution and law school of the University of Maine System, Maine Law takes seriously its responsibilities to the State of Maine and its citizens. Students and faculty members advance the economic and social well-being of Maine through extensive research, policy development, clinical programs, internships, and public interest fellowships. Graduates hold prominent leadership positions in law, government, business, and civic society. Maine Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.

In addition to a strong core curriculum, Maine Law offers experiential learning opportunities; including externships, clinical programs and capstone courses. There is excellent access to externships, which offer students the opportunity to work alongside seasoned attorneys in corporate, judicial and governmental placements in Maine and around the country. The clinical programs at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic allow students to assume all the responsibilities of an attorney and to represent clients, including low-income individuals, juveniles, prisoners, and immigrants. It is one of the oldest clinical programs of its kind in the nation.

"We're a very nimble law school," said Dean Peter Pitegoff, who highlighted the school's ability to tailor its curriculum to individual students. "We're flexible enough to adapt to changes in the legal economy and job outlook."

Maine Law is situated in Portland, Maine, rated one of the most livable cities in the country. Portland's rich cultural community, thriving businesses and passionate leaders provide endless possibilities for success.

Interested students can contact Maine Law now to learn more about how they can be part of Maine Law's future.

Location & Contact

University of Maine School of Law

University of Southern Maine

246 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
United States

Danielle Conway


Phone: 207-780-4344
Fax: 207-780-4239

Caroline Wilshusen

Director of Admissions

Phone: 207-780-4341
Fax: 207-780-4239

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Law Juris Doctor (JD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees 96
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


55% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 635
    • Accepted 355
    • Acceptance Rate 55
    • Enrolled 85
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 15th March 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesLSAT
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students259
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students259
    • Part-time Percentage4%
    • Full-time Percentage96%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian89%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty39
    • Full-time Percentage54%
    • Part-time Percentage46%
    • Female Percentage41%
    • Male Percentage59%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCommercial law aspects of intellectual property; domestic violence; race, gender, and law; environmental and land use law; bankruptcy and predatory lending
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported