Early College Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy Program

July 10-22, 2016

Earn 3 college credits
Open to high school students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2016

Experience college life on the Maine coast this summer in UNE's new Early College Pre-Law Program.

  • Are you looking for a challenging program that will give you valuable college experience? 
  • Does spending two weeks living and learning on a college campus sound exciting?   

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, UNE Early College is the program for you.

"What will I do in the Early College Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy Program?"

You will be introduced to the American legal system and study various legal subjects, such as Contract Law, Tort Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law while gaining an understanding of how the court system operates. You will also take trips to the Biddeford District or Alfred Superior court to watch a trial (trial schedules permitting).

After studying the American legal system and case law for background, you will be placed on a mock trial team where you and your teammates will take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses. During the course, teams will learn the basics regarding the rules of evidence, when objections are appropriate, how to direct and cross-examine a witness, and how to prepare opening and closing statements. The course will conclude with each team presenting its case in front of real attorneys.

You will live in a dorm, enjoy UNE’s many recreational facilities and explore the scenic coast of Maine. Through the program, you have the opportunity to take exciting trips, meet new people and make lasting friendships. You emerge ready to begin your college career. 

Field Trips & Events may include

  • Join a whale watching boat out of Kennebunkport
  • Visit local beaches and landmarks
  • Go to a Portland Seadogs baseball game
  • Browse the Portland Waterfront and historic Old Port

Dorms and UNE Life

Our dorms are close to classes and to the dining hall. Your two weeks on campus will be a good opportunity for you to experience dorm life and living with a roommate. Rooms include two desks and two beds. A dorm counselor/teaching assistant will be in residence with you. Much of your weekday evenings will be spent with homework and working on projects, but there will be plenty of opportunities to socialize and explore the area. You will have access to UNE's sports and recreational facilities, including our six-lane pool, basketball and volleyball courts, and sandy beach! Other leisure activities include movies, campfires and cookouts.

Tuition and Related Fees


  • $1380

Room and board:

  • Housing and Meals: $800
  • Optional Linen Package: $10
  • Commuter Lunches ONLY: $180 

Merit Scholarships

A limited number of highly competitive merit scholarships are available for qualifying students. You should note on your application that you wish to be considered for a partial merit scholarship, and may add a short statement explaining your need for support, but awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and achievement.

Notifications will be made by May 6, 2016.

How Do I Apply to the Program?

Students entering their junior or senior year in high school in Fall 2016 may apply to the Pre-Law Program, as well as those entering their freshman year of college in the fall. Fill out the UNE Early College application, and mail it by May 1, 2016, with the $25 non-refundable application fee to:

Attn: UNE Early College Program
University of New England, Decary 144 
11 Hills Beach Road Biddeford, ME 04005 
Phone: (207) 602-2050 Fax: (207) 602-5909