Congratulations on your interest in applying to law school. This web site is designed to assist you with learning about the field of law and provide you with the resources necessary to apply to law school.
A law career may provide you with intellectual challenge, emotional and financial rewards and may also be very demanding. With this in mind, one should not take the decision to attend law school lightly. So take some time to learn about the field of law, understand what you need to do at the University of Maine in order to be a competitive applicant and develop a plan to move you toward your goal.
The Career Center can assist you with:
- Exploring your options
- Developing an application strategy
- Selecting potential law schools
- Reviewing application materials
- Connecting you with current practitioners
To get started, you should contact the Career Center
- Chelsea Stanhope
- Room 300, Memorial Union
What is “pre-law” at UMaine?
The University of Maine offers nearly 90 baccalaureate degree programs. The excellence of these programs will provide University of Maine students with the necessary skills to succeed and gain admission to any law school in the country.
As a pre-law student, you can major in anything that you choose. Your major should be interesting to you, provide you with a rigorous course load and assist you with developing the skills needed to be a successful lawyer.
Many pre-law students will choose to declare a Legal Studies Minor. This program consists of six (18 credits) courses. The Department of Political Science will sign and process the necessary paperwork for students interested in this minor.
All pre-law announcements are posted in the Pre-Law folder located within the Career Center folder on First Class.
Suggested Courses for Pre-law Students
No particular courses are required of students entering law school. However, it is suggested that students take courses that better prepares them for law school. These include but are not limited to courses that focus on reading comprehension, analytical thinking and written and oral expression. Although not mentioned below, courses in Economics, Math, and Sciences are invaluable in developing rigorous analytical reasoning. Finally, mastering a foreign language and computer skills are increasingly necessary to serve a diversed community.
|Eng 205||Introduction to Creative Writing|
|Eng 206||Descriptive and Narrative Writing|
|Eng 212||Persuasive and Analytical Writing|
|Eng 301||Advanced Composition|
|Eng 307||Writing Fiction|
|Eng317||Business and Technical Writing|
|PHI 103||Methods of Reasoning|
|PHI 250||Formal Logic|
|Com 257||Business and Professional Communication|
|Com 347||Argument and Critical Thinking|
|Com 403||Persuasion and Social Influence|
Concerning the Law
|POS 282||Introduction to American Law|
|POS 359||Special Topic: Development of American Law|
|PHI 244||Philosophy of Law|
|SOC 214||Crime and Criminal Justice|
|SOC 314||Law and Society|
|POS 377||International Law|
|POS 383||American Constitutional Law|
|POS 384||American Civil Liberties|
|PAA 410||Local Government Regulation|
|PAA 405||The Regulatory Process|
|JMC 375||Mass Media Law and Regulation|
|BUA 220||The Legal Environment of Business|
|EES 324||Environmental Protection Law and Policy|
Applying to Law School LSAT
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test that is required for admission to all American Bar Association member law schools. Next to GPA, your score on the LSAT, is the most important factor in determining what law schools will accept you. Thus it is important, to do well on the exam. Because of its importance in determining law school admissions, it is not an exam that one should take lightly or simply because you are interested in seeing how you do without extensive study. Once the test is taken, the score becomes permanent for the next five years. This is true even if you take the test a second time. The law school will receive both scores, and then it is up to the law school to decide whether they will take the higher score, the latter score, or average them. LSAT prep materials: Please contact the Health and Professions Office for information on discounted review courses.
You can register for the LSAT online
Law School Application Checklist (source: Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors Handbook, 4th edition)
When applying to law school, you must register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). This is a central clearinghouse for gathering and dispersing information to law schools.
Selecting a Law School
The two most basic criteria for admitting students to law school are your LSAT score and your GPA. Many students have found the NAPLA Law School Locator to be of assistance when identifying which schools you should consider including on your law school list. This matrix, developed by Boston College, will help you to identify which schools fall within your range.
Financing Law School
With an average debt is $80,000 nationally (for those who borrowed federal and private loans) financing law school is an important consideration. There are many loan programs available to assist you with financing your education. In addition, many law schools will offer institutional aid as well. For those interested in working in public service or in the public sector, there are loan forgiveness and repayment options.
The following websites will help you get the answers to your financial aid questions. However, your intended law school is the best source for financial aid information.
- Association of American Law School
- U.S. Department of Education
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
- National Association for Law Placement
- National Association for Public Interest Law
- LSAC’s Online Video Collection
- Law School Podcaster
- Equal Justice Works – For information on public service loan forgiveness
- Life of a Pre-Law Student
- Facebook – Law School Podcasts
- Applying to Law School
- Thinking about Law School?
- Law School Interactive
- What Makes A Good Law School Personal Statement