ORIENTATION 2019

GENERAL INFORMATION

Orientation is your first opportunity to build connections with your colleagues that will last your entire professional life.  We look forward to three great days of activities and workshops that will set you up for success in your 1L year and beyond.  All incoming first year students in both the American and Canadian & American JD programs are expected to attend all parts of orientation, as described below.

Orientation for all incoming students is August 19 - 21, 2019. Dual JD students will participate in additional mandatory activities on Thursday, August 15 and Thursday, August 22. 

SCHEDULE FOR ALL STUDENTS

ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE FOR STUDENTS IN THE CANADIAN & AMERICAN DUAL JD PROGRAM

LOCAL LUNCH OPTIONS NEAR DETROIT MERCY LAW

Preparing for Orientation

ONLINE LEARNING MODULES AND ASSESSMENTS

All students are required to complete online learning modules and assessments prior to the first day of orientation. These modules will introduce you to fundamental study skills, concepts of law, and expectations for law students.  View the module, read any accompanying assignment, and complete the assessment.  Your participation is tracked, and our expectation is that you'll complete all modules prior to Monday, August 19. The work we do in orientation will build upon the information presented in the modules, which you can go back and access at any time.  

Materials for Online Learning Modules

How to Read a Legal Opinion

How to Brief a Case

Case Brief Form

Gideon v. Wainwright

Detroit Mercy Law Student Handbook

REQUIRED READING

You will be required to purchase and read The Color of Law before the start of new student orientation on Monday, August 19, 2019. A link to purchase the book from Amazon can be found here. The book price ranges from $8 to $12.

Dual JD Immersion

Dual JD students are required to complete readings for their mandatory Immersion classes on August 15 and August 22, 2019.
The readings for each section are available below.

Professor Catherine Archibald (Section 1)
Professor Cara Cunningham-Warren (Section 2)
Professor Julie St. John (Section 3)

TITLE IX TRAINING MODULE

As many of you are likely familiar, Title IX refers to the Federal regulation written to prevent and ameliorate the effects of sex and gender-based discrimination. The University requires incoming professional students to complete an online training module entitled Voices for Change-GRAD which is provided and sent to you by our vendor, Get Inclusive.

Please note that you will receive link to Voices for Change-GRAD training on August 12, 2019. The training takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and focuses primarily on sexual misconduct prevention. You may complete it on your phone or tablet, laptop, or computer. It is appreciated if you complete the training within two weeks of receipt.

FAMILY WELCOME EVENT

Detroit Mercy Law invites new students and their family members to our Family Welcome Event on Wednesday, August 21 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Students may invite up to two family members / friends to this event.  Please register online.

Family members and friends will attend a panel of current law students, who will share their perspective on how families can be most supportive and helpful to students in their first year of law school. If you are curious as to what your law student will go through in their first year of legal education, this is a great panel to attend!

Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Students and guests are welcome to explore the law school at this time.  The bookstore will also be open.