JD, LLM, JSD

Three levels of legal education grounded in legal analysis, ethical context, and practical lawyering.

Dual Degree

Combine a JD with another graduate degree to build a unique skillset.

Certificate

Gain the specific skills you need through a more focused program option.

The University of Maine School of Law is a partner program in the Maine Center academic consortium. This webpage presents an overview of the programs offered by the school and links to additional detail on the Maine Law website.

About the School

 

The University of Maine School of Law is the state’s public and only law school. Located in Portland, Maine Law takes pride in providing the personal attention that few schools can match, a focus on hands-on learning, and a world-class faculty drawn to its incredible setting on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Maine Law has a long-standing commitment to public service, demonstrated by its 50-year old Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic which focuses on general practice, prisoner assistance, juvenile justice, protection from abuse, and refugee and human rights. The school also offers specialized training in environmental law, compliance law, transactional law, and information privacy law. You can learn more about the school here.

GRADUATE DEGREES

 

JURIS DOCTORATE (JD)

The JD is a three-year foundation in legal analysis, ethical context, and practical lawyering skills.

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MASTER OF LAWS (LLM)

The LLM degree is designed for students and practitioners who have earned a law degree or equivalent qualifications.

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DOCTOR OF THE SCIENCE OF LAW (JSD)

The JSD prepares students for careers in academia, international and maritime law, and public service including international organizations. Combines advanced coursework, research, development of specialized expertise, teaching, and a dissertation.

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Dual Degrees

 

JD/MBA

Combines the JD with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) to equip students with the skills they need to navigate complex legal and business challenges.

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JD/MPPM

Combines the JD with a Masters of Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) to develop the expertise needed to address complex legal, policy, and planning challenges.

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JD/MPH

Combines the JD with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) to develop interdisciplinary expertise for the growing fields of regulatory compliance and public health policy.

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

 

INFORMATION PRIVACY LAW

Open to current JD students, this certificate builds expertise and skills in a highly sought-after niche of the legal realm — one of only two such JD programs nationwide. Practicing attorneys and current JD students can also participate in Maine Law’s annual Information Privacy Summer Institute.

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Environmental and Oceans Law

Open to current JD students, this certificate prepares students for careers in environmental law and policy, energy law, global warming and renewable energy, and oceans and coastal law.

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COMPLIANCE

Designed for non-lawyers, this certificate enables Maine’s business, not-for-profit, and government sectors to navigate the modern regulatory landscape and enhance their prospects for success.

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Featured Faculty

 

 

Anthony Moffa joined the University of Maine School of Law as a visiting associate professor in the fall of 2016. In 2019, he assumed his current role as an associate professor of law.  Professor Moffa’s research and writing focuses on the legal tools available to combat the policy challenge of global climate change, drawing on the fields of environmental law, administrative law, criminal law, property law, and international law. Professor Moffa oversees the Environmental and Oceans Law Certificate Program at Maine Law. In recognition of his teaching, he received the Professor of the Year Award in 2018.

Alumni Voices

 

 

“Maine Law is unique place where you have the opportunity to develop genuine relationships with every single one of your classmates, professors, and staff. I graduated Maine Law with lifelong friends and professors who are now mentors.”

 

Joann Bautista, JD '18

Deputy Secretary of State, State of Maine

“I certainly found the clinics to be Maine Law’s strength. You can take all the classes you want, but you really get a head start when you learn how to work with clients and with other colleagues. My time at the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic (RHRC) was the gateway into a career that I did not previously know existed – an international resettlement consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Every day with UNHCR I used the interviewing and writing skills that I learned in the RHRC.”

 

Katie Narbus, JD '14

Asylum Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Boston

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