University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

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University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby 2LT_CPG » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:42 pm

Just got accepted today from the wait list and saw only old threads on Maine Law. Any current students or Mainers want to chime in?

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby Sherlock1708 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:59 pm

I was accepted on 1/27. It will take a lot of scholarship money for me to seriously consider Maine, especially given that I don't qualify for in-state tuition. I like what I've heard about the school, but all of my legal ties are in the mid-atlantic region. Still waiting on many decisions.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby dallaslawgurl » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:01 pm

I applied... I'm waiting waiting waiting :)

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby Asleep » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:05 am

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby wightjm » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:55 pm

Accepted 2/3

157/ 3.5

OOS

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby cminthepm » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:00 pm

Also accepted. Applied because they gave me a fee waiver and wasn't too serious, because I'm OOS, but the more I think about it the more I think I might want to go. Interested in environmental/coastal law, and their program seems pretty solid, and it seems like it could be a very fun, pleasant place to spend 3 years or maybe more. Law school culture there seems pretty healthy too. What is the deal with scholarships (when do we find out), and do they offer tuition equalization for OOS? I'm from Georgia so even though I'd love to go, it might take some $$$ to sway me away from cheaper options. Also, does anyone know how easy it is to qualify for instate after 1L? Well maybe I'll meet you guys at an admitted students weekend or something! Good luck and congrats to all!

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby Sherlock1708 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:17 pm

cminthepm wrote:Also accepted. Applied because they gave me a fee waiver and wasn't too serious, because I'm OOS, but the more I think about it the more I think I might want to go. Interested in environmental/coastal law, and their program seems pretty solid, and it seems like it could be a very fun, pleasant place to spend 3 years or maybe more. Law school culture there seems pretty healthy too. What is the deal with scholarships (when do we find out), and do they offer tuition equalization for OOS? I'm from Georgia so even though I'd love to go, it might take some $$$ to sway me away from cheaper options. Also, does anyone know how easy it is to qualify for instate after 1L? Well maybe I'll meet you guys at an admitted students weekend or something! Good luck and congrats to all!


I have been e-mailing with a 2L student who said it's very difficult to establish residency. You basically need to live in Maine for a year prior to matriculation. I also like the idea of Maine, but am scared about job prospects. All of my legal connections are in the mid-atlantic region. I love New England though and LLBean rocks!

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby cminthepm » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:10 am

If that's the case then I'll be crossing my fingers for some money then. Most of their scholarships seem like they're for Maine residents so we'll just see what happens. I'm looking at some other state schools where residency is difficult/impossible to establish (Oregon) so it's all going to come down to money. Being from GA, GSU is super cheap but I'd rather be in NY/NE or West Coast, so we'll just have to see.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby cminthepm » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:13 am

I'm also going to be fresh out of college (senior now) so I don't have connections everywhere, but I'm from a small and very tight knit liberal arts college that has produced a lot of lawyers so I hope/think that network will pull through regardless.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby stillwater » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:57 am

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby tajudad » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:45 pm

Accepted 2/10.

3.5 undergrad/3.95 Masters/165

I have family there and would move to live there for 20+ years, but I would need to have a chance of low debt to make it worth it to move.

I would love to live in Maine, though, and have some legal connections there already.

We'll see. My first acceptance, though. Woot!

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby 2LT_CPG » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:42 pm

Asleep wrote:I grew up in Portland. I'm happy to answer any questions about the city if you PM me.

So what's Maine/Portland like?

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby Sherlock1708 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:11 pm

cminthepm wrote:Also accepted. Applied because they gave me a fee waiver and wasn't too serious, because I'm OOS, but the more I think about it the more I think I might want to go. Interested in environmental/coastal law, and their program seems pretty solid, and it seems like it could be a very fun, pleasant place to spend 3 years or maybe more. Law school culture there seems pretty healthy too. What is the deal with scholarships (when do we find out), and do they offer tuition equalization for OOS? I'm from Georgia so even though I'd love to go, it might take some $$$ to sway me away from cheaper options. Also, does anyone know how easy it is to qualify for instate after 1L? Well maybe I'll meet you guys at an admitted students weekend or something! Good luck and congrats to all!


Keep checking your application status because I just checked mine and it says that a scholarship letter was mailed to me yesterday. (I was accepted on 1/27, acceptance letter was mailed 1/31)

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby bt53 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:31 pm

Does anyone have a feel for employment prospects? I was wondering what the private sector prospects are like in Portland, assuming that most grads will end up there.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby superhands » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:28 am

The Class of 2010 (based on 100% reporting, 9 months after graduation):
Employment Status of Graduates

52.4% Bar Passage Required
12.2% J.D. Preferred
8.5% Other Professional
7.3% Non-professional
14.6% Unemployed - Seeking
1.2% Unemployed - Not Seeking
4.5% Pursuing Further Degree (Full-time)

http://mainelaw.maine.edu/student-servi ... dents.html

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby superhands » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:31 am

Areas of Employment

48.5% Private Practice (87.1% Full-time; 12.9% part-time)
24.2% Government (100% Full-time)
7.6% Judicial Clerkship (100% Full-time)
12.1% Business and Industry (58.8% Full-time; 41.2% Part-time)
6.1% Public Interest (100% Full-time)
1.5% Other

Assuming that this is true. I have a hard time trusting job placement statistics that are compiled by any law school.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby 2LT_CPG » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:13 pm

Can anybody comment on the facilities? I've creeped on the building via Google Maps' street view - it looks like one of the towers in Lord of the Rings. :P

Or just general Portland information. My mom refers to it as the Seattle of the northeast. Close?

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby Sherlock1708 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:09 am

Does anyone know if $12,000 (renewable 2nd and 3rd years with 2.0 gpa) is considered a hefty merit scholarship from Maine? I'm out of state, so this basically brings my tuition down to in-state. After calculating added fees and COL, I'll still have to pay around $38,000 a year to attend. I'm thinking about trying to negotiate for more money, however I've read that Maine usually doesn't give out much money.

Also, at this point, is anyone else seriously considering Maine? I'm trying to arrange for a visit in March. Admitted students day is April 13, but seat deposits are due April 15 so I'd like a bit more time to decide.

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Postby wfudeacons2005 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:30 am

I was seriously considering it until I heard how difficult it was for out of staters to establish residency and get in-state tuition, even after a year. It went from being a bargain to just another seemingly overpriced option for me.

And for those wondering about the campus/city...I have been so I can comment on that. To be completely honest, the building is rough on both the inside and outside. And, furthermore, it shares its campus with USM, a largely unattractive 3rd tier state school. But, in my opinion, much of this is made up by the fact that Portland is an AWESOME little city with plenty going on.

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Postby KMaine » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:57 am

Sherlock1708 wrote:Does anyone know if $12,000 (renewable 2nd and 3rd years with 2.0 gpa) is considered a hefty merit scholarship from Maine? I'm out of state, so this basically brings my tuition down to in-state. After calculating added fees and COL, I'll still have to pay around $38,000 a year to attend. I'm thinking about trying to negotiate for more money, however I've read that Maine usually doesn't give out much money.

Also, at this point, is anyone else seriously considering Maine? I'm trying to arrange for a visit in March. Admitted students day is April 13, but seat deposits are due April 15 so I'd like a bit more time to decide.


I think this is a really good offer. Maine doesn't have a huge endowment. I was instate, got into 3 t-14s and that was what they offered me.

I am from Southern Maine and think that Portland is a really cool place to live/work/study. Great food, people, atmosphere. I have been in the Law Building once, smaller offices and classrooms in a circular building with library/lecture rooms in the middle. Kind of a strange building, but I suppose you would get used to it.

Portland firms really do seem to like Maine Law grads, but there are not too many summer associates each year (maybe 15 or so in the city). Boston firms would be a stretch. As for public sector, smaller firms, I am not really sure.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby 2LT_CPG » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:19 pm

Sherlock1708 wrote:Does anyone know if $12,000 (renewable 2nd and 3rd years with 2.0 gpa) is considered a hefty merit scholarship from Maine? I'm out of state, so this basically brings my tuition down to in-state. After calculating added fees and COL, I'll still have to pay around $38,000 a year to attend. I'm thinking about trying to negotiate for more money, however I've read that Maine usually doesn't give out much money.

Also, at this point, is anyone else seriously considering Maine? I'm trying to arrange for a visit in March. Admitted students day is April 13, but seat deposits are due April 15 so I'd like a bit more time to decide.

I'm treating it as a viable option, but I haven't visited and won't be able to visit before it's time to make a deposit. Everything I read about it makes it seem great, but it'd be awesome to get current students' perspectives. Portland is a place I could see myself settling, and I have no delusions about Boston or New York, so I'd be fine with that given the school's reputation in the state.

But like I said in the OP, I was admitted from the waitlist, albeit after only maybe a week, but still. I doubt I'll get any money because of that. I could probably establish residency quickly by transferring to the Maine National Guard (I'm currently in the NYARNG), which makes it more appealing. I emailed admissions two weeks ago asking about their residency policy for Maine guardsmen, but haven't gotten a response.

Anybody know how they do with PI, prosecution, and/or public defense in Maine?

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby aray379 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:39 am

Accepted w/$8,000 scholarship. I grew up in Maine my entire life though and moved to Florida for college. If anybody has any questions about life in Maine I can answer them. The school has a good reputation in the state though.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby ProBrono » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:50 pm

aray379 wrote:Accepted w/$8,000 scholarship. I grew up in Maine my entire life though and moved to Florida for college. If anybody has any questions about life in Maine I can answer them. The school has a good reputation in the state though.


I work at a small law firm in Maine (litigation paralegal, attending law school this fall), and I have a limited, but not totally uninformed, idea of how Maine Law grads fare. Yes, within the state, Maine Law is fine. But you compete against BU, BC, and other New England law grads coming up for a stint in Vacationland... which doesn't have such a robust legal market as to be constantly creating new positions every year. As for Maine grads going to Boston (e.g. Biglaw, if that's what you want), that is more rare, unless you are summa cum laude and also a little bit lucky. Anecdotally, I know someone who went from UMaine to Ropes and Gray, but again, her situation is uncommon. (And it had more to do with a judicial clerkship she landed after graduation, rather than an opportunity that was created purely by her merits as a top student at UMaine.)

If you want to go to UMaine, be ready to spend a long time up here, and also be ready to fight for the few available jobs in Portland. Or worse, be prepared to fight for a job in Augusta.

**That said, most of Maine is gorgeous (albeit not the law school itself), so you would not be insane to find that appealing.

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby 2LT_CPG » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:55 pm

ProBrono wrote:
aray379 wrote:Accepted w/$8,000 scholarship. I grew up in Maine my entire life though and moved to Florida for college. If anybody has any questions about life in Maine I can answer them. The school has a good reputation in the state though.


I work at a small law firm in Maine (litigation paralegal, attending law school this fall), and I have a limited, but not totally uninformed, idea of how Maine Law grads fare. Yes, within the state, Maine Law is fine. But you compete against BU, BC, and other New England law grads coming up for a stint in Vacationland... which doesn't have such a robust legal market as to be constantly creating new positions every year. As for Maine grads going to Boston (e.g. Biglaw, if that's what you want), that is more rare, unless you are summa cum laude and also a little bit lucky. Anecdotally, I know someone who went from UMaine to Ropes and Gray, but again, her situation is uncommon. (And it had more to do with a judicial clerkship she landed after graduation, rather than an opportunity that was created purely by her merits as a top student at UMaine.)

If you want to go to UMaine, be ready to spend a long time up here, and also be ready to fight for the few available jobs in Portland. Or worse, be prepared to fight for a job in Augusta.

**That said, most of Maine is gorgeous (albeit not the law school itself), so you would not be insane to find that appealing.

Can you speak to PI job market in Maine and how Maine Law grads fare?

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Re: University of Maine c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby 2LT_CPG » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:55 am

aray379 wrote:Accepted w/$8,000 scholarship. I grew up in Maine my entire life though and moved to Florida for college. If anybody has any questions about life in Maine I can answer them. The school has a good reputation in the state though.

How vastly different are winters/summers in Portland?

Anyone seriously considering Maine Law?




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