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Schools Offering Law Programs in Maine

Each year, roughly 1.4% of Maine students graduate with degrees in law. That means an estimated 386 law professionals graduate from Maine's 12 law schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Maine with a law program is Saint Joseph's College of Maine, which is located in Standish. In 2010, it was ranked 42nd nationwide. In 2010, 11 students graduated from Saint Joseph's College of Maine's law program. Students at Saint Joseph's College of Maine paid $27,345 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Maine that has a law program is University of Southern Maine. University of Southern Maine, which was ranked 45th in the country in 2010, is located in Portland. 83 students graduated with degree in law from University of Southern Maine in 2010. Students at University of Southern Maine paid $8,538 per year in tuition fees.

Husson University, which is located in Bangor, is the third-ranked school in Maine that has a law program. It received a ranking of 50th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 54 students graduated from Husson University law program. Tuition at Husson University was $13,450 per year.


Law schools in Maine, charge students an average tuition of $10,839 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $27,345 per year, or as little as $3,180 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Maine law schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Saint Joseph's College of Maine - located in Standish, students are charged $27,345 per year
  2. Unity College - located in Unity, students are charged $22,500 per year
  3. Thomas College - located in Waterville, students are charged $21,680 per year

The following Maine law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. York County Community College - located in Wells, students are charged $3,180 per year
  2. Southern Maine Community College - located in South Portland, students are charged $3,395 per year
  3. Central Maine Community College - located in Auburn, students are charged $3,510 per year

A law degree from a Maine school... what next?

Many Maine law graduates become a law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal. In 2010, there were 8,250 law professional working in Maine, including 1,840 lawyers, 40 law clerks, and 130 administrative judges. The Maine counties with the largest populations of law professional are:

  1. Cumberland County - 5,290 law professionals
  2. Aroostook County - 930 law professionals
  3. Penobscot County - 750 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of law professionals in Maine will grow by 6%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 10,050 law professionals working in Maine. The greatest growth for law professional is predicted to be amongst Probation Officers, who are expected to increase by 12% by 2018.


On average, law professionals earn a salary of $53,670 per year in Maine state. But, salaries for law professional can vary. In 2010, law professional made as little as less than $18,450 per year or as much as more than $154,260 per year in Maine. Law professionals in the following Maine counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Androscoggin County - $49,988 per year
  2. Penobscot County - $48,563 per year
  3. Cumberland County - $48,139 per year

The following counties in Maine have the lowest average salaries for law professional:

  1. Aroostook County - $43,974 per year
  2. Cumberland County - $48,139 per year
  3. Penobscot County - $48,563 per year

On average, the highest paid law professionals in Maine were:

  1. Judge - $104,500 per year
  2. Lawyer - $97,550 per year
  3. Police Detective - $62,090 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in Maine were:

  1. Court Clerk - $30,570 per year
  2. Bailiff - $30,380 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in Maine and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in Maine
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Maine
  • Master's Degree in Law in Maine
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Maine
  • Certificate in Law in Maine

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1,990 $39,910 11.8%
Lawyers 1,840 $97,550 0.5%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1,060 $42,720 30.9%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 1,050 $30,570 19.3%
Legal Secretaries 810 $37,500 -40.4%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 560 $62,090 133.3%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 460 $39,260
Fish and Game Wardens 140 $42,060 0.0%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 130 $60,220 0.0%
Bailiffs 90 $30,380
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 80 $104,500 0.0%
Judicial Law Clerks 40 $57,280

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