I am assuming your school doesn't offer a course in this area or else you wouldn't have posted this. Are there any other law schools nearby that offer a class in this area? Even if you are graduating this year, and therefore couldn't take the course, you could speak with the professor of that class. I would talk to professors at your school - maybe there is a professor there who has experience in this area and you just don't know it, or maybe a professor knows of an attorney practicing in this area whom you can contact. Look on Martindale-Hubbell and search under maritime law in your location. Contact the attorneys listed, see if you can schedule an informational interview with them. Go to bar association meetings and network. Contact career services at your school and see if they can help. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think my contracts professor mentioned that maritime law involves a lot of contract issues. If this is so, see if your contracts prof. has any suggestions. If all else fails, maybe someone at the maritime university you mentioned knows of someone you can contact. Can't hurt to ask.