Our Pre-Law program regularly brings to campus UMF alumni who have gone on to law school. They enjoy returning to their alma mater to describe their experiences to UMF Pre-Law students and talk about what law school is like and how to prepare and apply to law school. Recent UMF alumni participants have included Mike Burian (UMaine Law School grad) and Katie Boucher (J.D. / MBA graduate from Quinnipiac Univ.). The UMF Pre-Law program has also hosted a presentation by UMaine School of Law Asst. Dean for Admissions, David Palozzi.
In 2010, UMF's Pre-Law advisor, Assoc. Professor Jim Melcher, presented his 4th annual "Supreme Court Preview and Review" to commemorate national Constitution Day. The informative and entertaining presentation (which again played to a full-house) featured Jim's review of recent and upcoming cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. These annual presentations have proven so popular, the most recent one was broadcast on local television and Assoc. Professor Melcher was invited to the Univ. Maine at Augusta to reprise his presentation there.
In 2008, Director of the Maine Law and Legislative Reference Library John Barden gave a guest lecture on the resources available to UMF Pre-Law students at the Legislative Reference Library.
At UMF, Pre-Law students see the law in action -- just minutes from campus. The town of Farmington happens to be the seat of Franklin County government. This means the Franklin Country District Court and Franklin Country Superior Court are both just a 3-minute walk from campus and many UMF students who have an interest in pursuing a law degree choose to sit in on public court proceedings, criminal cases, civil cases and more, to see the legal system in up close and personal (often discovering it's not exactly what they've seen on television or in the movies).
In addition, some of our long-time adjunct faculty, distinguished practicing attorneys in the town of Farmington, mentor our students and regularly invite them to their law offices to show them how their offices function and operate- again, just a short walk from campus in downtown Farmington.
Prominent local attorney Woody Hanstein teaches courses at UMF each semester and helps advise students who aspire to law school.
UMF's Pre-Law program has a Facebook page (Lexis Caster Farmingonius) which has helped link UMF Pre-Law students with recent University of Maine at Farmington alumni who are currently attending law school.
Here at UMF, you can actively participate in a variety of political, activist, and advocacy groups. We have student organizations that focus on a "green" environment; sweatshop-free clothes; social issues pertaining to drugs, women's issues and cultural and religious diversity; as well as the political standard bearers, the UMF College Republicans club and UMF College Democrats club. We also have the Political Science Club and a campus chapter of Amnesty International. Each organization touches on various aspects of the national and state legal system, further enhancing your involvement in and understanding of Constitutional and legal issues at the grassroots level.
For additional information about Pre-Law offerings at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the UMF Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994