The School of Law at University of Maine

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions David Pallozzi
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Maine

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 48.0% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 48.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.16-3.57
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. University of Southern Maine
J.D./M.A. Public Policy & Mgt USM
J.D./M.C.P. Community Planning & Mgt USM
J.D./M.S. Health Policy & Mgt USM
J.D./M.B.A .- University of Maine
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Clinic students represent clients in civil, criminal, juvenile, domestic violence, family law, & patent law matters. The Center for Oceans & Coastal Law & Maine Patent Program provide service & research opportunities for students. Maine Law’s location enhances study in environmental, ocean, & coastal law. Externships, bridge courses, & fellowships link theory & practice. www.mainelaw.maine.edu
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 69
Seminars 29
Positions available in seminars 442
Positions available in simulation courses 142
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 60
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Maine Law journals: Maine Law Review; Ocean and Coastal Law Journal. Students join in internal and external moot court competitions. Student organizations are very active. The groups support public interest work, philanthropy, advocacy, lectures, & social events. Employment opportunities are available for students to serve as research or teaching assistants. www.mainelaw.maine.edu

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 96
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 51
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 351
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 136
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 57
Full-time students involved in field placements 61
Full-time students involved in law journals 50
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 22
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 88

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 0
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 0
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 0
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 0
Part-time students involved in field placements 0
Part-time students involved in law journals 0
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 0
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 0

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.3:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 29
Full-time minority faculty N/A
Part-time minority faculty N/A
Total faculty 36
Total faculty (men) 66.7%
Total faculty (women) 33.3%
Total faculty (minorities) N/A

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#119 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#102 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 36
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.3
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.7
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.16-3.57
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-158
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155
Acceptance rate 48.0% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 14.3:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.5% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 85.0% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar ME
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.6%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 280

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 270

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 10

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 5.3%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.1%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.0%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.3%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Keith DuBois
Financial aid phone (207) 780-5250
Financial aid application deadline February 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $22,986 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $33,906 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $10,908
Books $1,934
Miscellaneous expenses $3,780
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 30.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.4%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.5%
Median grant amount $4,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,000–$7,000
Full-time students receiving grants 32.2%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants 0.0%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $93,887
Proportion who borrowed 88.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 48,902
Microform titles 39,757
Electronic titles 67,323
Other non-book titles 198
Total titles 156,180
Volumes (excluding microforms) 163,454
Volume equivalent microforms 138,833
Total volumes and volume equivalents 302,287
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 97
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 48
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 47
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 48
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 61
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 42
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 18
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 43
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 5

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 1
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 32,800
Total seats available for library users 226
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Maine Law’s library contains rich print and electronic collections, computer labs, and study space. Professional librarians provide reference, teaching and other services to students and faculty. The Law School’s clinic is housed in an adjacent building, and provides a variety of legal services to the community. www.mainelaw.maine.edu

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar ME
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 85.0% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 82
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 14.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.2%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $45,000
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $78,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 31%
Median public service starting salary $44,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 25.8%
Percent employed in government 9.1%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 12.1%
Percent employed in law firms 47.0%
Percent employed in public interest 6.1%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 69%
Graduates employed out-of-state 29.2%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 72.3%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 9.2%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 7.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 3.1%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 3.1%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.1%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Maine Law connects students to jobs regionally, nationally, & globally with extensive information & program links to the bench & bar. Graduates practice with firms, businesses, public agencies, and nonprofits in DC, NY, Boston, Seattle, & other cities, or remain in northern New England because of its natural beauty, historical & cultural attractions, & high quality of life. www.mainelaw.maine.edu

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 65.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 93.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 15.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 80.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 11.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 9.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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