About the Program

The UNE Marine Affairs – Maine Law 3+3 Pathways Program allows you complete your undergraduate and law degrees in a total of six years.

As a qualified UNE undergraduate, this track enables you to obtain the J.D. degree by substituting the courses taken during the first year of law school for the final year of the Marine Affairs degree. This joint program will allow you to eliminate one academic year of undergraduate education, save one year's worth of UNE tuition, and enter your chosen profession one year early.

Student Spotlight

To be the first to experience [the 3+3 program] and work toward being a lawyer while still being an undergraduate student feels like an incredible accomplishment.” — Isabella Dube (Marine Affairs, ’24)

Undergraduate Program Requirements

In order to be eligible for graduation from UNE under this joint program, you must:

  • Meet with the Marine Affairs academic advisor during your second year and continue to meet with this advisor every semester of the program.
  • Submit the application for the Marine Affairs – Maine Law 3+3 Law Pathways Program by June 1 of your second year
    • The application form is available online and from the Marine Affairs academic advisor. Acceptance into the program requires a 3.5 G.P.A. in the Marine Affairs major and a letter of support from a faculty member.
  • Successfully complete all required courses of the B.A. in Marine Affairs at the University of New England (except for general elective requirements) by the end of your junior year. A sample pathway through the Marine Affairs major is available from the Marine Affairs academic advisor.
  • Maintain an undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.5.
  • Be accepted into and attend the University of Maine Law School directly after your junior year
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the 1L curriculum (please refer to the Maine Law website to find the 1L curriculum).
  • Transfer the courses back to the University of New England

Acceptance into the Marine Affairs – Maine Law 3+3 Law Pathways Program does not guarantee acceptance into the University of Maine Law School.

Marine Affairs Curriculum

CAS Core Requirements* Credits
Total 42–46
Program Requirements Credits
MAR 105/105L – Introduction to Ecology/Evolution of Marine Organisms with Lab Credits Included in Core Requirements
MAR 106/106L – Introduction to Cellular/Molecular of Marine Organisms with Lab 4
MAR 150/150L – Discovering the Ocean Environment with Lab or MAR 270/270L – Oceanography with Lab 4
MAR 250/250L – Marine Biology with Lab or MAR 350/350L – Marine Ecology with Lab 4
MAR 316 – Science in Society 3
MAF 200 – Introduction to Marine Pollution 3
MAF 210 – Introduction to U.S. Ocean Governance 3
MAF 310 – Ocean and Coastal Law 3
MAF 320 – Internship 3–12
MAF 400 – Marine Affairs Capstone 3
Total Program Required Credits 30–139
Program Required Cognate Courses Credits
CHE 110/110L – General Chemistry I with Lab or CHE 130/130L – Principles of Chemistry with Lab 4
PSC 125 – Understanding Law or PSC 210 – Constitutional Law 3
MAT 150 – Statistics for Life Sciences or MAT 170 – Applications of Functions Credits Included in Core Requirements
GIS 161 – Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3
BUEC 390 – Environmental Economics or BUEC 395 – Ecological Economics 3
Total Program Required Cognate Credits 13
Choose One (1) Communication and Outreach Courses Credits
SPC 100 – Effective Public Speaking 3
CMM 210 – Understanding Media 3
CMM 240 – Social Media: Theory and Practice 3
CMM 305 – Public Relations in the Digital Age 3
ENV 321 – Environmental Communications 3
EDU 202 – Curriculum Theory and Design 3
WRT 233 – Professional and Technical Writing 3
WRT 317 – Proposal and Grant Writing 3
Total Communication and Outreach Credits 3
Choose One (1) Organization Management Courses Credits
BUMG 301 – Organizational Behavior 3
BUMG 303 – Management of Non-profit Organizations 3
BUMG 311 – Business and Society Relations 3
BUMK 200 – Marketing 3
BUMK 310 – Advertising 3
ORM 335 – Outdoor Recreation Planning and Policy 3
SOC 226 – Environmental Sociology 3
Total Organization Management Credits 3
Open Electives as Needed to Reach 120 Credits Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

*Must take MAR 105/105L as Lab Science Course and MAT 150 or MAT 170 as Math Course

Graduation Requirements

A 2.00 cumulative average in sciences is a requirement for graduation in any of the programs in the School of Marine and Environmental Programs.

Program Completion Timeline

Students have a maximum of seven (7) years to complete the graduation requirements

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.