Any Maine students/graduates here?

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sequence
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Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby sequence » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:07 am

Looking for some truthful information regarding Maine Law. Appreciate any help.

What are the job prospects like? Do many local firms hold interviews, or is there not enough to go around?

Any idea what the average starting salary is? I've found a lot of conflicting information online.

Thank you!

sequence
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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby sequence » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:32 pm

Bump...*fingers crossed*

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KMaine
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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby KMaine » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:36 pm

From Maine, currently @ Cornell. Would have gone to Maine, but wanted more of a chance @ Boston. Top Maine firms start at 80K or so but seem to offer a good work/life balance (Portland is a great little city). Maine firms do hire many Maine grads (though they are not exceptionally large firms), and to some extent they seem to prefer them. Sorry I cannot be more helpful. Good luck.

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby sequence » Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:18 am

KMaine wrote:From Maine, currently @ Cornell. Would have gone to Maine, but wanted more of a chance @ Boston. Top Maine firms start at 80K or so but seem to offer a good work/life balance (Portland is a great little city). Maine firms do hire many Maine grads (though they are not exceptionally large firms), and to some extent they seem to prefer them. Sorry I cannot be more helpful. Good luck.


That was very helpful! I appreciate it, thanks. :D

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby maine08080 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:43 pm

Not sure if you want admissions specs, but the school tends to be splitter friendly and looks at softs fairly well. Unlikely to take LSATs below 150 no matter GPA however. This is the general impression I get.

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby sequence » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:25 pm

maine08080 wrote:Not sure if you want admissions specs, but the school tends to be splitter friendly and looks at softs fairly well. Unlikely to take LSATs below 150 no matter GPA however. This is the general impression I get.


Yeah, school was very splitter friendly. Boyfriend got in with a 167/2.4. (They view it as a 165, I suppose, because his first score was a 163 and they average.)

Anyone else have any comments on salaries, quality of life, etc.?

Thank you!

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:28 pm

Keep your eyes peeled for a TLS expanded profile on Maine...should "go live" within the next few days.

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby CmonSD » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:30 pm

I really liked the school but I read somewhere ~60inches of snow... :shock: Is that true?? I am from Southern CA so EEK! If you can handle that though, it seems like a great place to be.

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby sequence » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:43 pm

CmonSD wrote:I really liked the school but I read somewhere ~60inches of snow... :shock: Is that true?? I am from Southern CA so EEK! If you can handle that though, it seems like a great place to be.


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More like 70. Sounds wonderful if you like to board, though. :D

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby sequence » Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:10 pm

Tangerine Gleam wrote:Keep your eyes peeled for a TLS expanded profile on Maine...should "go live" within the next few days.


Are you talking about the one currently posted?

http://www.top-law-schools.com/universi ... e-law.html

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CmonSD
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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby CmonSD » Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:41 pm

sequence wrote:
CmonSD wrote:I really liked the school but I read somewhere ~60inches of snow... :shock: Is that true?? I am from Southern CA so EEK! If you can handle that though, it seems like a great place to be.


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More like 70. Sounds wonderful if you like to board, though. :D


I do love to snowboard, but I don't want to be digging my car out of a mound of snow in the morning. Just withdrew...

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby sequence » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:41 pm

/Bump...anyone visited the school and know what their facilities look like?

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby swilson215 » Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:13 am

Bump. I'd like to get some info from current/former Maine students.

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Re: Any Maine students/graduates here?

Postby akcorps » Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:34 pm

I am from Maine originally, but I am not a student there. Take my info for what its worth.

First of all, the state of Maine is not for everyone. The quality of life is awesome, if you like a slow, friendly, and outdoorsy way of life.

Secondly, Maine is poor. You will not make a lot of money to start, but things are pretty cheap overall, so you will relatively wealthy making 80K. But, beware that only the of the class will make at graduation. There are not many law firms in the state.

Thirdly, Portland is a really cool city, especially for its size. There is a lot to do, more than you would think at first.

The facilities are widely known to be awful at Maine Law. USM has been in decline for years and the budgets are really tight. Additionally, you will dig yourself out of snow in the winter, and it will be cold. If you don't like unpredictable, cold weather, this is not the place for you. Also, I would neglectful if I didn't mention that Maine is somewhat unfriendly to people "from away." This means that most of your classmates will probably be from Maine, want to work in Maine, and the firms in Maine will want to hire people from the state law school before looking to other schools. If you like being a part of a small, friendly community with arts, restaurants, access to the outdoors, and a much more reasonable live-work situation than a big city this may be the place for you. On the other hand, you are probably not going to get rich there.




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