Carson Phillips-Spotts


Name: Carson Phillips-Spotts
Class of 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
Colby College
Latin American Studies

What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?

I worked as a paralegal in the Immigration Services Department of the Latin American Association in Atlanta, Georgia. The Latin American Association is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to low-income Latino families in the greater Atlanta area. My experience there really fostered my interest in pursuing a career in law.

 Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?

The size of the school was a big draw for me. Law school, and in particular the first year of law school, can be very hectic. Having a small, collaborative student body really helps to reduce that stress.

 What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law Student?

The availability of the faculty, staff, TA’s and upperclassmen has been a huge help. There is an abundance of resources at your disposal as a 1L. If you have questions about anything from housing options to a difficult concept in a certain class, there is always someone willing and able to help.

 What is one thing that has surprised you about Maine Law?

The wide array of interests of my classmates.  Getting to know members of the 1L class has really opened up my eyes to the breadth of the career goals that they have.  From public interest law, to personal injury law, the career interests of my classmates run the gamut.

 When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?

I played football in both high school and college, so I like to try and remain competitive. Maine Law Basketball has some good pick-up games on Tuesday and Thursday nights that are pretty fun.

 Portland has a reputation for its vast array of food options. Do you have any favorite restaurants or grocery stores?

Nosh Kitchen Bar on Congress Street is one of my favorites.  Nosh has phenomenal sandwiches and wraps and great lunch specials. I would definitely recommend it.

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?

Besides studying? Hanging out with friends. Although Portland isn’t a huge city, it offers a lot in terms of dining/entertaining options.  Because this is my first year living here, I am still discovering places on a daily basis.

 For someone who is considering attending Maine Law, how would you describe the student community here?

In a word, I would describe the student body as collegial. I think members of the 1L class understand and embrace the newness of the experience that is law school, and they take a “we’re in the same boat” approach to dealing with new challenges. The upperclassmen, having gone through what we are going through now, are very empathetic to our situation and are always willing to offer guidance and advice.