HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

  • * A legal writing program that starts in the first year and continues through the upper level courses.
  • * A clinical program that entitles every student to the opportunity to represent a live client.
  • * A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • * Committed to developing lawyers who serve the public good
  • * Committed to serving the Detroit community
  • * Founded on Jesuit and Mercy principles of service and the success of each individual

Study Internationally

Study Internationally

  • * Dual degree program with the University of Windsor
  • * Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • * Established relationship with Universite d"Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • * Downtown Detroit Location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • * Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting UDM graduates
  • * ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law

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Top Intern: Manpreet Gill ’15 Selected for Highly Competitive U.S. Immigration Court Position

Manpreet ("Moni") Gill '15 recently secured a position as a legal intern at the U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit. The position is a year-long commitment and the selection process is extremely competitive. As a legal intern, Ms. Gill will assist the Immigration Court with research and writing of opinions. It is a highly-prized placement, because it allows students to gain excellent writing skills and also to see the inner workings of a very busy court.

Ms. Gill is serving this summer as the research assistant for our Immigration Law Clinic, and this month represented a client seeking asylum in the U.S. before the Asylum Office in Chicago. She represented her client extremely well, and there was not a dry eye in the interview – even the Asylum Officer and the interpreter were in tears as the client narrated what happened to her and her family in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

These are the kinds of experiences that set UDM Law apart: students receive invaluable training and directly represent clients. Moni's is just one of hundreds of stories about UDM students who give back to their community and advance their education at the same time.

About UDM's Unique Immigration Law Program

UDM's Immigration Law Program is unique. UDM is the first law school in the U.S. to offer a Concentration in Immigration Law to students who excel in a rigorous and comprehensive series of doctrinal classes and practice-based experiential courses. UDM is a national leader in the education of immigration attorneys and offers more immigration law-related courses than any law school in the U.S.

UDM offers the standard Immigration Law survey course but ours is taught, in alternating terms, by Immigration Judge Marsha Nettles, an alumna and frequent mentor of UDM students, and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic, Professor David Koelsch.

UDM's Immigration Law Clinic provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the practice of immigration law through live-client representation of immigrants seeking a variety of relief and benefits, including family sponsorship, Violence against Women Act Petitions, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Students represent clients in trials before the U.S. Immigration Court for clients seeking protection from persecution in their home country (asylum). The Clinic also participates in hearings before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and students write briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The classroom component has substantive instruction in interviewing, litigation, and appellate advocacy skills, as well as attorney-client relations, ethics, and case strategy.

UDM also offers the Immigration Law Firm Program, which is taught by three partners at Fragomen, the world's largest and preeminent immigration law firm, in which students work under close supervision of the instructors on simulated cases drawn from actual practice. UDM is also the only law school to offer a course in U.S. and Canadian immigration law, which Professor Koelsch teaches in alternating terms.

EVENTS


January 17, 2015 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

Time of event to be determined. 

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty and current students.  


January 21, 2015 - Walk-in Wednesday - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Join us for Walk-in Wednesdays. The Admissions Office extends its office hours for students who are interested in learning more about the UDM Law advantage, the application process, and law school in general. No appointment is necessary.


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in room 226 of the School of Law, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

 

NEWS

  • ALUMNI FROM CLASSES OF '49 THROUGH '14 RETURN TO CAMPUS FOR 2014 REUNION - CHECK OUT THE ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY

    UDM Law alumni from classes as far back as 1949 through 2014 returned to campus on November 15 for the annual Reunion.  They were accompanied by many current students who wanted to join the party.  The atrium was transformed into "Club D" Lounge aglow with specialty lights and unique features, and the menu featured many of Detroit's favorite foods and beverages.  

    Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) of the Michigan Supreme Court was recognized as the 2014 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award Honoree.  Dean Phyllis L. Crocker presented him with an exclusive UDM Law hockey team jersey and other School of Law gear to commemorate the night. 

    View the Reunion Photo Gallery

  • ASST. DEAN MARKEISHA MINER PROVIDES ADVICE FOR EMPLOYER BACKGROUND RESEARCH IN THE ABA’S STUDENT LAWYER MAGAZINE

    In the December issue of the American Bar Association Law Student Division's Student Lawyer magazine, UDM Law Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach Markeisha Miner provides advice to law students who are beginning their job search and are interested in a certain practice area but do not know how to go about finding prospective employers in their preferred locations.

    Her article, "Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research," gives valuable information on how to gather facts; invest time wisely by conducting informational interviews of attorneys in that practice area and attending bar association functions; be informed through traditional and social media; and how to meet employers in your chosen field by working through your personal network.

    Read ABA Student Lawyer Article, Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research

    Another article of interest:

    Getting to Know You – How Law Firms Handle the On-Campus Interview, Oct. 27, 2014, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (quoting Assistant Dean Markeisha Miner)

  • UDM Law Steps Up to the Challenge to Assist Immigrants

    President Obama recently announced sweeping changes to the immigration system in the U.S. affecting millions of immigrants and their families. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is a national leader in the area of Immigration Law and is stepping up to help immigrants who may qualify for relief.

    UDM Law offers free immigration consultations at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, located at 2826 Bagley, Detroit, MI 48216 on Thursdays from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. UDM Law also offers regular consultations at various sites in Oakland County through a grant from the Oakland County Bar Foundation.

    Related articles:

    Experts: Parts of Obama immigration plan good for business; may fall short for tech workers, Nov. 23, 2014, Crain's Detroit Business (quoting Professor David Koelsch and Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe)

    Obama’s immigration reform will benefit U.S. corporations and economy, Nov. 21, 2014, Oakland Press (written by Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe)

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  • PRO BONO PROJECT AT THE U.S. IMMIGRATION COURT– UDM is the only law school in the country to take the lead on such a project

    The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved a project sponsored by UDM's Immigration Law Clinic to provide rights presentations and relief screenings to Central American women and their minor children who entered the U.S. during the recent "surge" in such persons fleeing their home countries. UDM's partners in the project are the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), and the American Bar Association (ABA). UDM is the only law school in the country to take the lead on such a project.

    In addition to helping women and children navigate the complexities of the Immigration Court process, the project will help participants in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program and UDM's clinic students hone their interviewing and advising skills. Specifically, they will advise, counsel, refer, and, in certain cases, represent women and their children. UDM will also conduct a series of regular trainings for AILA members regarding forms of relief, best practices for representation, and issues unique to women and children respondents.

     

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  • UDM LAW SHINES AT NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITIONS

    The School of Law congratulates the Moot Court Board of Advocates, whose three teams placed high in national competitions over the weekend. The teams' briefs finished at or near the top of competitions in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.

    The National Veteran's Law Moot Court team of Jennifer Richards and Christopher Ferlito, coached by Professor Peggy Costello, won the award for Best Respondent Brief at the competition in Washington, D.C. They competed against twenty teams.

    Samantha Boyd and Alexander Brown, coached by alumnus Sean Cowley '09, participated in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. The team argued very well in Columbus and achieved a top 10 brief score.

    The team of Emily Banks, Eva Janta, and Julia Abd-Elseed also competed in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, receiving one of the highest brief scores in the tournament. Coached by alumni Javon Hindo '13 and Alanna P. O'Rourke '10, they advanced to the quarterfinals. The team was defeated by a margin of merely 1.5 points and narrowly missed the semifinal round.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSOR LARRY DUBIN PROVIDES EXPERT COMMENTARY ON MICHIGAN'S GAY MARRIAGE BAN

    Professor Larry Dubin commented in the Detroit News recently that the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the DeBoer case, upholding MIchigan's gay marriage ban in a 2 -1 split decision by the panel, is an attractive case for the U.S. Supreme Court to review on appeal.  "It is the only circuit that held that voters in a state can deny the right to marriage to same-sex couples.  There also is a good record that was made at trial before Judge Friedman," Dubin said.  "It seems logical that the Court will take this case now that there is a division among the federal circuit courts."

    Michigan couple take gay marriage plea to high court, Nov. 17, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)