News and Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, Feb. 3 from 1-5 pm. Bates, Bowdoin and Colby are presenting the second annual Policy Day. If you are interested in law school, or a policy career, you’ll want to attend this afternoon at the Maine State House. Featuring alumni panelists working in energy/climate change and healthcare, you will hear from those in the executive and legislative branches of state government, as well as those in the lobbying/advocacy community. Here’s your chance to learn how policy is shaped and influenced. Transportation is available and registration is required as space is limited. Contact Nancy Gibson at if interested.

Ongoing:  Fridays when court is in session: The University of Maine Law School’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic invites Bates students to observe third-year law students handling cases in Protection from Abuse cases for their clients. At Lewiston District Court, 71 Lisbon Street, Lewiston. The courthouse is about a mile from campus.  These cases involve petitioners seeking an order of protection in domestic violence cases.  If the petitioner does not have a lawyer, the law student will represent him or her free of charge.  Bates students are able to shadow some student attorneys and their clients through the hearing process. Contact Nancy Gibson at if interested.

The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program aims to increase diversity in law schools by subsidizing the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of talented, diverse college students who may have difficulty paying the expenses associated with applying to law school. For eligibility requirements, an outline of the program and how to apply, please visit You must be a college junior or a senior graduating from college no later than June 30, 2018, or be a very recent graduate of a college and demonstrate financial need. Must matriculate to law school in Fall 2019.

Snell & Wilmer offers two FAR (Fellowship for Advancement and Resources) Fellowships which cover test prep course tuition, assistance with law school application fees, mentoring and advising through the application and admission process and assistance with the cost of law school books. Applications are usually due by June 1 of the year BEFORE the student intends to apply to law school (so, June 2017 if you will apply in fall 2018 to start law school in fall 2019). Contact Ms. Kara Blakey at for information.

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